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 We’re going virtual with the LMJS marathon and half marathon training program for the 2021 Oakland Running Festival! Stay motivated with us! The training program kicks off November 30, 2020 and runs through March 2021, and will get you ready for the Oakland Marathon or Half Marathon. Whether training for your first half or your tenth full, we’ll help you go the distance and support your goals. The program includes a supportive virtual community, online training platform, weekly training run schedule, suggested running routes, and LMJS training shirt.

The 16-week marathon training program begins Monday, November 30, 2020; the 12-week half marathon training program begins Monday, December 28, 2020. Half marathon training participants are encouraged to begin participating when the marathon training begins (and run shorter distances as appropriate). Since we’re virtual, you can participate from anywhere.

In our current socially-distanced world, we are offering a virtual training that provides as much encouragement and camaraderie as the live program of previous years, plus additional features including virtual meetups, speakers on running-related topics, and socially-distanced program swag. Whether you’re an experienced marathoner, a first time half marathoner, or, like many of us right now, a little rusty from distance running, we will support your goals and have fun. Reduced pricing until November 30. Register now or reach out for more information.

Oakland Track Club is a competitive running club based in the heart of the East Bay, established in 2016 with the purpose of providing runners of all levels the opportunity to train hard and race for a team. Our athletes compete in variety of events and distances, ranging from road racing and track, to cross country and trail ultras. Check out some awesome videos of their training runs here.

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The Strawberry Canyon Track Club is like a large running family – a very sociable, diverse and tightly knit group with incredible camaraderie which energizes the East Bay running community. We compete in the local Pacific Association of USATF XC, road, and track series races, and our presence is felt in top tier local road races. We have developed three different Oakland Marathon winners and two victorious Oakland Marathon Relay teams, and have a seriously dedicated marathon training group at any time of the year.

Workouts: These take place on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Edwards Track. We typically do intervals on Mondays, and tempo runs either on the track or on the trails in Strawberry Canyon or Tilden Park. Workouts begin at 6:00 p.m. and folks filter in at 5:30-45 p.m. to start their warm-ups.
Long runs: Usually take place on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. – we will either meet for a run in Berkeley or carpool to a nearby destination. Our favorite locations are the East Bay parks (Tilden, Redwood, and Chabot), but sometime we venture as far as Point Reyes, the Marin Headlands, and Nisene Marks near Santa Cruz.
Easy runs and cross-training activities such as pool running, yoga and weight workouts: these are informally organized via the club’s email list and Slack forum.

For more information, you can check out our schedule. We’re also friends with the Cal Running Club.

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