GU Extends its Sponsorship of Oakland Running Festival

GU_Logo_Master-1GU Extends its Sponsorship of Oakland Running Festival

Seventh Annual Event to Take Place March 20th

Oakland, CA (Feb. 16, 2016) – Corrigan Sports Enterprises announced today GU Energy Labs has renewed and extended its contract with the Oakland Running Festival to serve as the event’s official energy gel and chew through 2018.

GU Energy Gels are the original energy gel for training and racing and deliver energy-dense calories and essential nutrients in a portable packet to sustain athletes during endurance activities. GU Energy Chews deliver similar benefits but in a chewable form to give athletes more variety.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Oakland Running Festival in 2016 to provide on-course fuel for the thousands of runners looking to conquer a new race distance or personal best,” said Celia Santi, Sports Marketing Manager for GU Energy Labs. “As a company, we are particularly excited about this event because it’s held in neighboring Oakland, which means many of our own employees will be out on the course competing and cheering.”

“We take great pride in offering our field the best on course nutrition and support available,” said Lee Corrigan, president, Corrigan Sports Enterprises. “Runners know the quality of the GU brand and the science behind it, so it’s great to continue our relationship with the industry leader thru the next several years.”

According to a 2015 study by RESI, an economic research and consulting firm located at Towson University, the 2015 Oakland Running Festival’s annual economic impact surpassed $12 million. Approximately $1.7 million has been raised for local charities since the event’s inception.

The 7th Annual Oakland Running Festival will take place on March 20, 2016. The well-acclaimed event features a full marathon, half-marathon, Hawaiian Airlines Four-Person Relay, Bank of the West 5k, Run the Town Challenge and Kids Fun Run. More than 10,000 runners are expected this year. Registration is pacing 15% ahead of where it was last year.



The Oakland Running Festival is produced by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, a leader in sports promotions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Bay Area regions. Founded in 1991, CSE also owns and/or operates the following events: Baltimore Running Festival, the Running Festival, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Frederick Running Festival, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Baltimore 10-Miler, Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games, IWLCA Recruiting Tournament Series and more. For more information visit:


GU Energy Labs is a leading sports nutrition brand founded in Berkeley, CA in 1993. GU’s products offer innovative ways for athletes to effectively hydrate, energize, and recover before, during, and after demanding endurance activities. Discover the potential of nutrition planning by visiting


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