The Oakland Running Festival is excited to have a number of charity groups in the event. Many groups offer great training programs and the opportunity to raise money for worthwhile causes.
If your group would like to be part of Run For a Cause please send an email to [email protected]

Run to Support Families with Sick Kids

Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area is excited to join the Oakland community with the establishment of Ronald McDonald House Oakland, which will serve families with sick children at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The new Oakland House will have 7 rooms catering to children accessing bone marrow transplants who must stay within 20 minutes of the hospital for up to three months at a time.
We are a major sponsor of the Celebration Village for the second year, and we can’t wait to see you there. Join Team RMHC and run for a cause at the 2023 Oakland Marathon & Running Fest! You can help us bring comfort and support to families with sick kids across the bay by rallying your community behind your running efforts.

Register as a Team RMHC runner and start your fundraiser today
See the highlights from last year’s Celebration Village booth in our Oakland Marathon 2022 Flickr album.

NorCal CarciNET Community

Our mission is to help those with neuroendocrine tumors and carcinoid to share challenges and experiences, learn about prognosis and treatments, find information, and improve communications between the medical community, patients and caregivers. By providing opportunities for our members to connect with others who have these rare illnesses we will enable them not only to get their questions answered but also to give and receive emotional support. In addition, we aspire to bring greater awareness to the medical community and the public so as to promote earlier detection and treatment of these often unrecognized illnesses.

Learn more about joining our team at or contact us with suggestions, photos, stories, etc.

Run for JOY!

Improve your own health while helping to raise funds to bring more healthy activities and JOY to our community…

In 2022, we are raising funds to bring heart warming events to our community such as herbal medicine classes, cooking classes, gardening workshops and larger events such as the Annual Fruit Tree Give Away, Festival of Flowers Mother’s Day Celebration, Unity Park Roller Disco, the Harvest Festival and Winter Solstice Celebration to share the joy of healthy living in ways that everyone can enjoy!

Run for JOY! Improve your own health while helping to raise funds to bring more healthy activities and JOY to our community… In 2022, we are raising funds to bring heart warming events to our community such as herbal medicine classes.

This year we are looking for 60+ brave Runners to join TEAM TILTH, Urban Tilth’s 2022 Oakland Running Festival Team. Have fun and get in shape, while supporting Urban Tilth’s mission of creating a more healthy, sustainable and just food system!


RBO strives to build a tolerant, healthy, and prosperous community. Through the discipline and rigor of a structured running program, RBO’s goal is to create new relationships, establish trust, build self-esteem, and empower students, parents, and volunteers. Support RBO here:

Asian Health Services

Asian Health Services, founded in 1974, provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. Our approach to wellbeing focuses on “whole patient health,” which is why we provide more than primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 50,000 patients in English and over 14 Asian languages:  Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, Arabic, ASL, and Burmese. We offer medical, dental, and mental health services for all ages.

We also recognize that a patient’s health is directly linked to their social and economic circumstances. That’s why we are dedicated advocates, and we promote policies that make our communities a safer and healthier place to live. Learn more about our work outside the clinic walls through programs and advocacy.