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]
Asian Health Services

Join Team AHSome this year to help provide health, social, and advocacy services to underserved API communities in the Bay Area!

Founded in 1974 in the heart of Oakland Chinatown, Asian Health Services 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 27,000 patients in English and over 14 Asian languages:  Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, Arabic, ASL, and Burmese.


Recognizing that a patient’s health is directly linked to their social and economic circumstance, we also advocate and promote policies that make our communities a safer and healthier place to live. Learn more about what we do at

Register or volunteer with us today by clicking Join Now on our registration website, live now!:

Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School
Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School St. Elizabeth Campus, is a diverse, Lasallian Catholic learning community that educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. A rigorous and personalized college preparatory curriculum integrated with a corporate work study experience prepares students of limited economic means to succeed in college and in life.
If you are interested in running on behalf of Cristo Rey, please visit

Grow… Thrive… Lead.. and RUN with EBAYC!

Jump start your 2019 fitness goals and run for a brighter future for Oakland’s youth!

EBAYC envisions a future where all young people grow up to be lifelong builders of a just and compassionate multicultural society. Our mission is to support all youth be to be safe, smart, and socially responsible.

We partner with public schools to provide young people high-quality support and engage families to actively participate in the public arena to improve the quality of neighborhood life.  Our diverse menu of services include youth violence prevention, expanded learning, and civic and community engagement.

Learn more at and contact us at [email protected] to join our running team!

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.

To learn more visit our website!

Alipato Project

The Alipato Project is a nonprofit teaching organization dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence laws.  We were the first and only nonprofit to provide legal representation to survivors in tort actions against their batterers.  After successfully completing our pilot project, we’re ready to teach other lawyers to do the same.

To sign up to run to help end domestic violence, please read the instructions here


Join Team CALICO and run to help abused children and their families achieve justice and healing!

CALICO achieves justice and healing for abused children, adults with developmental disabilities and families who have experienced trauma and promotes the safety and well-being of all children. We achieve justice by bringing together a team of professionals, including law enforcement, social workers, prosecutors and others, to investigate allegations of child abuse while keeping the needs of children at the forefront of the work. CALICO provides a safe child-friendly environment to talk about the details of abuse with a specially trained professional. While children talk about the abuse, a skilled mental health clinician meets with parents and caregivers to offer support, guidance and resources so the whole family can continue on the path to physical and mental health and well-being.

As a runner for Team CALICO the money you, and your teammates, raise will provide children and families in crisis with the help they need at a time they need it the most. As Alameda County’s only child advocacy center, CALICO has helped over 12,000 toddlers, children and adolescents, as well as adults with developmental disabilities. To find out more about CALICO, visit our website

By joining team CALICO you are joining a group of people who stand up to keep children safe and healthy. You can join your teammates in sporting an official CALICO high performance t-shirt, be cheered along by our cheer squad and celebrate at the official CALICO tent before and after the race.

To join Team CALICO, send an email to [email protected].

Oakland Promise

Oakland Promise

We as a community will ensure every child in Oakland graduates from high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to access higher education and be successful in the career of their choice.
We are committed to DRAMATICALLY INCREASING the number of Oakland public school students who earn a college degree. Learn more about our work here.
Plazas Community Bilingual Education, Inc

Join Team Plazas to provide scholarships for early childhood education here in Oakland!

Plazas Community Bilingual Education, Inc. is a non-profit organization started by parents and community members in East Oakland, CA. Our mission is to support low-income families in need of early childhood care by providing scholarships to culturally diverse, high-quality Spanish-immersion preschool programs in our community.

Children who receive high-quality early childhood education often have better emotional, social, and academic outcomes for many years beyond their early childhood. However, there are only 2 slots available for every 100 Oakland families looking for childcare for their infant or toddler. When available, the average cost is $16,000 a year for full-time childcare.

To join Team Plazas, visit our registration site: Run with Plazas.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

Running for a Better Oakland

What’s the most exciting way to train for ORF 2019?

Come run with Running for a Better Oakland(RBO)! The RBO Community meets every Saturday morning at Lake Merritt.

We have an 11-week comprehensive program from January to End of March to prepare Middle School and High School Students to run the Half Marathon and the 5K, and a shorter 7-week program to prepare all K-12 students for the 5K race.

Let’s make it a family affair: parents are encouraged to come train too. What an experience!

Our crew of volunteers is ready to mentor students of all ages and levels. New volunteers welcome to join! Fast or not you can help!

Students: Don’t be shy! You can do it and you won’t regret it! All levels welcome and financial help provided. Just come regularly to practice and show us how motivated you are.

Senior in High School? you are a candidate for RBO scholarship program and will be encouraged to apply if you train for and run the Half-Marathon.

This is RBO’s 8th year of participation in the Oakland Running Festival with over 350 runners in 2017 and over 1,600 enrolled over time so far!

Come share your Oakland Pride with us!

Please visit our website: for more info or contact us at [email protected].


Come run with SquashDrive and support Bay Area youth!

SquashDrive is a non-profit after school enrichment program that supports underserved Oakland youth. We help students reach their academic, athletic, and personal potential through individualized educational support, squash instruction, and character development. SquashDrive provides over 8 hours per week of transformative programming to 4th through 12th graders from 12 partner schools.

We foster and ignite the “drive” within each of our kids to be successful, well-rounded individuals who contribute greatly to society. We want them to dream big—and follow through on those dreams.

Academics- Students collaborate with tutors for homework help, high school and college prep, and academic enrichment.
Squash- SquashDrivers improve their technique and court sense through professional instruction, fitness, and match play.
Character- Students develop life skills, engage with mentors, and give back to their community throughout the year.

To learn more about SquashDrive please visit our website here, or contact Sean if you would like to run with us!

Choose College Foundation

Run with the Choose College Educational Foundation this year and show Oakland that you Choose College 4 Life!™

Founded in 2005, the Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc® (Choose College®) promotes the benefits of pursuing higher education beyond high school. We know that all students have the ability to succeed academically and pursue post-secondary education if provided with resources, information, guidance, and support—it’s our mission to make that happen.
And that’s not all! Choose College® spearheads a number of cultural and academic enrichment programs for Bay Area youth, including our Youth Cultural Ambassador Program (YCAP) and STEM Strategies to Empower and Prepare Students for Success (STEM STEPS for Success). Why not sponsor or run with our YCAP and STEM STEPS scholars on Race Day?

What we offer…

College-Going Resources
We connect youth and families with resources, tools, and materials to foster and encourage a college-going culture.
Public Awareness Campaigns
We specialize in “get the word out” campaigns that maximize awareness of resources and assistance available to communities of color.
Youth Programming
We engage youth with relevant programming, media, celebrity appearances, events, activities, and more.

Our motto, “Choose College: Not Just 4 Years, Choose College 4 Life™,” speaks to the belief that education doesn’t end in high school—rather, it is a life-long journey for all.

Our website is


Join Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated this year to help raise funds to support sending Bay Area students to college.

Over the last four years, $20,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded to Bay Area students pursuing studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM) and education.


5k registration click here

Donations click here

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of the Links (ACCL) is comprised of women of color residing in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Founded over 33 years ago, ACCL supports local service agencies serving primarily low-income, inner-city youth and their families through volunteer and fundraising efforts.

To learn more, visit our website here!

Chicas Corriendo
At Sylvia Mendez Elementary School in Berkeley, California, Chicas Corriendo is a bilingual program led by 5 teachers of color and serves girls in 3rd-5th grade.  As teachers of color we have taken on the responsibility to teach beyond the classroom. We saw that there was a need for girls to have a space to express their leadership skills, a space where they were empowered to act with intention and purpose. We teach them to be present and work hard to break through their own mental barriers and shift their mindsets to realize that their true strengths lie within.


We start each session with a community meeting focusing on sheroes, health, and empowerment. After our community meetings we move on to our running sessions.  In our running journeys, we learn about goal setting, pushing through a hardship, being in tune with our bodies to self-care, all of which are excellent skills to have in order to live a healthy life.


We seek to inspire them to create connections between them and to understand that this interconnectedness will positively impact the rest of their community. They are the world they want to see and live in.


Urban Tilth

Urban Tilth is excited to be a part of the Oakland Running Festival for our 6th year. Please join the Urban Tilth staff, friends and supporters by running with “Team Tilth” in support of creating a healthy, sustainable and just food system.

Urban Tilth is a Bay Area leader in organic urban agriculture, garden education programs, and food access initiatives. We train and employ local residents and youth to become “home-grown experts” that work with community organizations, government agencies, schools, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity for our community to produce 5% of our own food supply.

This year, we are raising funds to help increase our capacity to grow more healthy food for our community and offer more cooking classes and workshops to share the knowledge and joy of healthy living in ways that everyone can enjoy! We are looking for 60+ brave Runners to join our Oakland Running Festival Team.

We support with our team members with group running days, training tips, 1 runners brunch to make sure all Team Tilth Runners understand how the Running Festival works, where to go and how to prepare and we offer a community of 60 amazing people who want to do something good for their bodies and their community and share the experience with you. As a bonus, runners even receive Urban Tilth race day swag!