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 will train runners for the marathon and half marathon. In addition, USA FIT East Bay will organize training plans for athletes at all levels! Information about the training groups is listed below.

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. Like last year, there will be supported runs on the marathon and half marathon courses. The LMJS training dates will be announced ASAP.

For more information on that training program click here.

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.

Get ready for the Oakland Marathon or Half Marathon with Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders (LMJS), Oakland’s oldest running club. LMJS’ affordable program includes comprehensive training plans, RRCA-certified running coaches, pacer-led long runs – including course previews, track workouts and more. Long runs are on Saturdays at various locations in the East Bay. Whether you are going for a personal best or are happy to cross the finish line, LMJS can help you reach your goal. LMJS is an all-volunteer, nonprofit running club that promotes running for lifelong health and fitness and to foster community and camaraderie. For more information click here.
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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


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.