The Oakland Running Festival is proud to announce two local running groups as the Official Training Groups for April’s event. Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders and the WOW team will handle training in the East Bay, while the WOW team will train those in San Francisco and San Jose.

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 .

Like last year, there will be supported runs on the course. Next training run & course preview:

Date: Sunday, March 12th
Location: EastShore Park at 550 El Embarcadero & Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland
Time: 7:45 am for 8 am start
Distances: 11 miles (half marathon training) & 20 miles (marathon training)
An aid station is provided – It is advised participants also bring their own fluid/supplements to run/walk with.

In the East Bay, training will take place on Saturday at various locations in Alameda and Contra Costa County each week. Runners of all abilities will be trained by Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders. For more information on that training program click here.

In addition, the WOW team will organize women-only training runs for the half and 5k as well as a walking program. For more information on that training program click here.

Information about each of the running groups is listed below.

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 and ONLY 5K  Training Program along with the only Women’s HALF MARATHON  and  a FULL MARATHON WALKING Training Program officially recognized by the Oakland Running Festival.  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