Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders will help you go the distance and have fun, whether you’re signing up for your first half marathon or your 15th marathon. You’ll discover new places to run long and enjoy the camaraderie of new running buddies who run at your pace. LMJS offers pace groups for most levels, RRCA-certified running coaches, experienced pace group leaders, training schedules, group speed workouts, training advice, course previews, and much more, for just $80 for LMJS members! (LMJS membership is $20) Marathon Training starts Nov. 20, with the first group run on Saturday, Nov. 25. Half Marathon Training starts on January 1, 2018 half, but marathoners are encouraged to join earlier for more fun and fitness. Stay motivated through the fall and winter – join now!
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 .
Information about each of the running groups is listed below.
Even if you’ve never run a step before, training with USA Fit East Bay will help you conquer mental and physical barriers you never thought possible. It happens all the time. We start wherever you are. Couch potato? Seasoned marathoner? Great. No matter what your conditioning or pace, there will be others to train with. Over the course of 20 weeks, our coaches will help you achieve your personal best in a non-intimidating, fun, and safe environment. We meet Saturday mornings in a variety of East Bay locations from Lafayette to Livermore along the 24/680 corridor. Train with us for the half or full Oakland Marathon, make new friends, and change your life! More information and registration at our website www.usafiteastbay.com
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.
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.