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!

WOW team will organize women-only training runs for the Half Marathon and 5K as well as a walking program. For more information on that training program click here.

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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Go WOW Team– Fit Women of the World (the WOW Team) was founded by Coach Stephanie Atwood to bring fitness and friendship to women through running, walking, and racing. The WOW Team offers the Official 5K Training Program along with the only Women’s Half Marathon and Full Marathon Training Program for Walkers.  With training in the East Bay and SF/Peninsula Areas, the WOW Team is a great way to go! Follow us on Facebook at Go WOW Team