The Oakland Running Festival is proud to announce two local running groups as the Official Training Groups for March’s event.

Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders will help you go the distance and have fun, whether you’re signing up for your first half marathon or your 15th marathon. You’ll discover new places to run long and enjoy the camaraderie of new running buddies who run at your pace. LMJS offers pace groups for most levels, RRCA-certified running coaches, experienced pace group leaders, training schedules, group speed workouts, training advice, course previews, and much more, for just $80 for LMJS members! (LMJS membership is $20) Marathon Training starts Nov. 20, with the first group run on Saturday, Nov. 25. Half Marathon Training starts on January 1, 2018 half, but marathoners are encouraged to join earlier for more fun and fitness.  Stay motivated through the fall and winter – join now!

You can also train with groups that are looking to raise money for some great causes: Running for a Better Oakland and Great Oakland Public Schools. Click on the Run For A Cause tab .

Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders (LMJS) was founded in 1977 by a small group of regulars training at Lake Merritt near downtown Oakland. The tradition of the monthly Fourth Sunday Run began then; it remains emblematic of our commitment to provide regular races over a fast certified course at low cost. We consider ourselves a community resource, and are recognized as such by the City of Oakland and the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department.
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USA Fit East Bay
Even if you’ve never run a step before, training with USA Fit East Bay will help you conquer mental and physical barriers you never thought possible. It happens all the time. We start wherever you are. Couch potato? Seasoned marathoner? Great. No matter what your conditioning or pace, there will be others to train with. Over the course of 20 weeks, our coaches will help you achieve your personal best in a non-intimidating, fun, and safe environment. We meet Saturday mornings in a variety of East Bay locations from Lafayette to Livermore along the 24/680 corridor. Train with us for the half or full Oakland Marathon, make new friends, and change your life! More information and registration at our website


Oakland Track Club is a competitive running club based in the heart of the East Bay, established in 2016 with the purpose of providing runners of all levels the opportunity to train hard and race for a team. Our athletes compete in variety of events and distances, ranging from road racing and track, to cross country and trail ultras.