Nationwide to Double Prize Amount for School Spirit Contest


Nationwide to Double Prize Amount for School Spirit Contest

Winning School to now get $2400


Oakland, CA – Corrigan Sports announces today that Nationwide, whom over the past 85 years focusing on customers and valuing people have helped Nationwide become one of the largest insurance and financial companies in the world, has decided to double their prize amount for this year’s School Spirit Contest at the Oakland Running Festival on March 20, 2016.  Previously, the winning school was going to take home $1,200, now they will win $2,400.


This year’s Nationwide School Spirit contest will feature five Oakland-based High Schools: Oakland High, Lighthouse, Skyline, American Indian and MetWest.  Each school will be positioned along the 26.2 marathon route cheering on runners from all over the country.  Per a runner vote, the school with the most “spirit” will receive $2,400 from Nationwide.  No matter the outcome, all schools will receive a donation from Nationwide.


The Oakland Running Festival, dubbed one of the Best Events in the West, features five races ranging from a full marathon to kids fun run and expects more than 10,000 runners in this its 7th year.


“Nationwide is committed to working together to improve the communities in which our members and associates live and work,” said Pam Dickey – Nationwide Regional Marketing Leader. “The School Spirit Contest is a great way for Nationwide to reward these local high schools for their dedication to their community and we are looking forward to seeing their school spirit on race day.”


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.  For more information visit:



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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: