The Oakland Running Festival is excited to have a number of charity groups in the event. Many groups offer great training programs and the opportunity to raise money for worthwhile causes.
If your group would like to be part of Run For a Cause please send an email to [email protected].

Run with the AHSome Team at Asian Health Services (AHS) and help provide health services to all!  We believe everyone should have the right to health, regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture.  We serve and advocate for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community.  We strive to achieve the highest standard in healthcare with top-notch bi-lingual and tri-lingual doctors, nurses, counselors, interpreters and staff who serve over 24,000 patients and over 117,000 visits each year throughout Oakland and surrounding communities. We provide healthcare services in 12 languages (Burmese, Cantonese, Karen, Karenni, Korean, Khmer, Lao, Mandarin, Mien, Mongolian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese).

We are healthcare providers. We are health advocates.   

Join Team AHSome and help provide continued health services to communities that need it the most.

Register today by contacting [email protected].

For more information about AHS, visit

Run for your health and the health of your community!



Back on My Feet (BoMF) combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.


Back on My Feet seeks to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness.  Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move towards jobs, homes and new lives.  For all in need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope.  For all with the capacity to serve – volunteers, donors, community, and corporate partners – we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.


Our members and volunteers run together on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 5:30am (28th and Geary) and 5:45am (500 Turk Street).   We just launched our 2017 FundRacing schedule which is a bib to run in sold out or highly sought after races in exchange for committing to raise a certain amount of money on behalf of Back on My Feet.


To volunteer with us contact: Cricket at [email protected]

For FundRacing inquiries, contact: Brittney at [email protected]


Join Team CALICO and run to help abused children and their families achieve justice and healing!

CALICO achieves justice and healing for abused children, adults with developmental disabilities and families who have experienced trauma and promotes the safety and well-being of all children. We achieve justice by bringing together a team of professionals, including law enforcement, social workers, prosecutors and others, to investigate allegations of child abuse while keeping the needs of children at the forefront of the work. CALICO provides a safe child-friendly environment to talk about the details of abuse with a specially trained professional. While children talk about the abuse, a skilled mental health clinician meets with parents and caregivers to offer support, guidance and resources so the whole family can continue on the path to physical and mental health and well-being.

As a runner for Team CALICO the money you, and your teammates, raise will provide children and families in crisis with the help they need at a time they need it the most. As Alameda County’s only child advocacy center, CALICO has helped over 10,000 toddlers, children and adolescents, as well as adults with developmental disabilities. To find out more about CALICO, visit our website

By joining team CALICO you are joining a group of people who stand up to keep children safe and healthy. You can join your teammates in sporting an official CALICO high performance t-shirt, be cheered along by our cheer squad and celebrate at the official CALICO tent before and after the race.

To join Team CALICO, send an email to [email protected].

We are celebrating our 35th year providing health care to seniors in the East Bay! Help us celebrate our anniversary by joining the CEI PACE Setters’ team, volunteering with us, or making a tax deductible donation!

Mission: The Center for Elders’ Independence provides high quality, affordable, integrated health care services to the elderly, which promote autonomy, quality of life, and the ability of individuals to live in their communities.

Innovative, progressive health care models like CEI’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are transforming healthcare and we are doing everything we can to ensure that we can serve every senior who needs us; but CEI does much more than simply keep frail, low income seniors out of nursing homes and in our communities. We are modeling the gold standard of health care for frail seniors! What other healthcare plan features 11 disciplines of geriatric specialists, home care services, 24/7 coordinated healthcare services—including emergency care and all transportation, special dietary meals delivered at home, all prescription medications, and a lively day center offering recreational and social activities that are both therapeutic and fun? We currently have 700 seniors enrolled and we are growing! For more information on enrollment in CEI’s PACE Program please visit our website CEI

Do you think CEI is a worthy cause? We accept DONATIONS year round! And for more information about joining the CEI PACE Setters Team email Elana Sissons, Development Associate: [email protected]

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To promote the ability of Native people to thrive in an urban environment through ceremony, traditions and cultural connection, to provide a safe environment to strengthen cultural identity, promote health, inter-generational healing and support the development of extended family.

The Story

For over sixty years Intertribal Friendship House has served the Native community. IFH was founded in 1955 to address the displacement needs of relocated American Indians. We carried with us through those experiences the knowledge of our culture, values, and the connection to the creator. Using fortitude and traditional teachings we remain strong no matter where we stand.

Get Involved

Run with us! All runners will get a free t-shirt. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer at the race for us! In order to participate in this great program, we must recruit a minimum of 10 volunteers who can do one 5-7 hour shift the Friday or Saturday before the race, or on race day! Please contact [email protected] if you are willing to join our volunteer team.

Donate! Please visit the link below for donation options. All donations are tax deductible.

Visit our website to learn about upcoming events.

Leadership Public Schools is a network of three public charter high schools in Oakland, Richmond, and Hayward.  Our mission is to create educational equity and empower students for college, career, and community leadership, as well as to share our practices on a national scale.  We serve 1,500 students: 88% are from low-income families and 87% will be first-generation college graduates.  99% of our graduates are accepted to college and are now attending all UCs and CSUs, Stanford University, Tuskegee University, and many more!

This is our first year partnering with the Oakland Running Festival.  Join us to support Bay Area public education, fight for equity, and empower all students.

For more information, check out our website.

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NorCal CarciNet Community is proud to be participating in the Annual Oakland Running Festival for the 5th year in a row helping to raise awareness of Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) a form of cancer that impact the lives of 150,000 in the US including Steve Jobs. Our disease is often misdiagnosed or confused with other diseases which is why we have a Zebra as our mascot as often doctors are taught to think horse not zebras when working with patients. Our non profit community host community sessions on the first Saturday of every even month at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek as well as working with our local research institution to provide patient education to patients and their families in the Bay Area.

Join us and help raise awareness and funds for education and research Sign up and more information at

The Oakland Public Education Fund runs for (and with) Oakland kids! This year the Oakland Ed Fund has grown our team from 100 to 300 student runners! The Oakland Running Festival is a fitness first for many of our students: their first time training for a race and first time experiencing the energy of an event like this. Help us support our young runners, and show your Oakland pride by joining our team, or sponsoring students for the big race.

The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.

The Ed Fund is the only organization raising money for all Oakland public schools. Since 2003, we have raised more than $50 million for programs that help students thrive. We put the right tools in students’ hands to give all kids the excellent education they deserve.

We support all Oakland public schools—both District-run and charter—with a focus on those furthest from opportunity, because kids who come to school with less need more. Learn more about us at

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The organization’s purpose is to enrich the lives of Bay Area children hospitalized with life-threatening illnesses, and to remember Pierre’s fight, determination and his sense of selflessness by supporting Child Life activities at Bay Area hospitals.

We strive to make other hospitalized kids’ lives a little better through a legacy of love and generosity.

Our core programs are providing the supplies and staff needed for art therapy, massage and music therapy, beads of courage, rolling bedside video gaming systems and virtual reality headsets; as well as celebrating every hospitalized child???s birthday with a party and personalized gift.

As a part of Team Pierre, runners will generate support for Pierre’s Birthday Fund programs.   To join, or for more information,  please send an email to [email protected] and we will get you registered or answer your questions.

As a bonus, runners will receive a PBF water bottle.  PBF t-shirts are also available, while supplies last.

Red Power Divas

N0 FEE TO JOIN! NO FUND RAISING! NO GUILT! The Red Power Divas (RPD) is a powerful and supportive walking/running training group of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels where you’ll find a solid network of support, friendship, and encouragement where everyone is welcomed.

Since 2007, membership in this inspirational group has grown to nearly 1,600 (nationwide plus Canada, Puerto Rico, and India) women (Divas), men (Divos), children (FitKidz), and seniors (Golden Divas/Divos and Platinum Divas).

We inspire, educate, and encourage our members to live an active, healthy – and balanced – lifestyle by providing them with a year-round training program, coaches, seminars, a members-only Facebook page, and our monthly newsletter, The Red Power Connection. Thanks to our Red Power Divas  program, individuals who have never walked a single mile end up crossing the finish line of a half marathon, arms held high, tears in their eyes, feeling like they can do anything.


Visit our website at  and download an application.  REMEMBER!!! There’s no cost to join, no fund raising required, and no guilt –  so why not give it a try?


The Red Power Divas wellness program is one of six outstanding programs developed by its parent nonprofit, Building Peaceful Families (BPF). Although each of our programs focuses on a different segment of the community, our overarching purpose is to celebrate, educate, and inspire individuals so that they may become more involved, responsible, and committed family and community members. To learn more, visit:


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What’s the most exciting way to train for the ORF 2017? Come run with Running for a Better Oakland(RBO)! The RBO Community meets every Saturday morning at Lake Merritt. We have a 13-week comprehensive program from January to April to prepare Middle School and High School Students to run the Half Marathon and the 5K,  and a shorter 7-week program to prepare all K-12 students for the 5K race. Let’s make it a family affair: parents are encouraged to come train too. We want to turn the event into a family project. What an experience!
Our crew of volunteers is ready to mentor students of all ages and levels. Don’t be shy! You can do it and you won’t regret it!
This will be RBO 7th year of participation to the Oakland Running Festival with 300 runners in 2016 and over 1,300 enrolled over time so far! Come share your Oakland Pride with us!

Please visit our website: for more info or contact us at [email protected].

SquashDrive’s mission is to promote academic, athletic, and personal growth in underserved Oakland youth through an integrated program of academic tutoring, squash instruction, and character building. We recruit students in the 4th and 5th grades and continue to support them as they move through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. The program ignites the “drive” in students to be successful, well-rounded individuals who contribute greatly to society.


Join Team Urban Health Group LLC (UHG) and run for community wellness! No experience or training needed for the 5k event, just motivation to push the mile for wellness.

Mission statement:

Influencing programs and empowering people for sustainable improvements in the health conditions for people in urban communities.

Urban Health Group LLC (UHG) is a health & wellness startup in California— a mobile, home-based resource hub, bringing services and advocacy to your home. UGH is currently running a “In Case of Medical Emergency Planning” workshop discussing advanced health care planning and tips on how to properly prepare for emergencies for free at senior centers, public libraries and low income communities. Services also available for one-on-one sessions by appointment.

Donations needed to continue to provide services for free to low income communities and support Youth Outreach Program educating children and youth how to prepare for emergencies.

Registered runners for Oakland Run Festival will race day UHG t-shirts, provided day of race.

To REGISTER TO RUN with Urban Health Group LLC and help promote community wellness, contact Leticia at [email protected]

Not able to run/walk but would like to VOLUNTEER, contact Samantha

DONATIONS accepted year around at

Funds raised support free services to low income communities and youth jobs promoting health and wellness.


To find out more about Urban Health Group LLC, visit our site at or

Urban Tilth is excited to be a part of the Oakland Running Festival for our 4th year. Each year Urban Tilth staff, friends and supporters join “Team Tilth” to run in support of Urban Tilth’s mission of creating a more healthy, sustainable and just food system.

Urban Tilth is a Bay Area leader in organic urban agriculture, garden education programs, and food access initiatives. We train and employ local residents to become “home-grown experts” that work with community organizations, government agencies, schools, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity for our community to produce 5% of our own food supply.

As a part of Team Tilth, runners can generate support for Urban Tilth’s programs and are invited to participate in fun training meet-ups and brunches with staff, family, friends, and supporters. As a bonus, runners even receive some Urban Tilth race day swag! Click here to Learn More and to Join Team Tilth.

All funds raised support our school garden programs at Verde Elementary School and Richmond High School, as well as programming and improvements at our 3 community gardens along the Richmond Greenway and in North Richmond and 2 urban farms, AdamsCrest Farm and the new 2 acre Farm in North Richmond.

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Run with Youth Radio and stand up for Bay Area youth!

Located in downtown Oakland, and right on the race route, Youth Radio is the nation’s leading syndicator of youth voices and a national model for engaging young people in creative, professional, and educational opportunities that launch them on career and education pathways.

Our mission is to support youth as they find voice, seek truth and lead.  Through Youth Radio, young people transform their lives, their communities and the national conversation.

Join Team Youth Radio to support Oakland’s youth as they driving conversations that lead to new solutions for long-standing social problems and obstacles to a healthy national future.

To register to run with Youth Radio, contact Heather at [email protected]

To donate, visit our page here!