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].
Alipato Project

The Alipato Project is a domestic violence resistance group, and the first and only nonprofit organization of its kind. We have three unique program areas designed to help end the cycle of domestic violence. Our Civil Rights Program defends the free speech rights of survivors by bringing anti-SLAPP motions on their behalf. Our Recovery Program obtains economic justice for survivors by suing their batterers in civil court. Our Mentorship Program is designed to train and inspire future domestic violence lawyers to continue our groundbreaking work. To learn more about our work, visit our website at

We protect survivors of domestic violence. We sue batterers. And we teach lawyers and law students how to do both.

Asian Health Services

Run with the AHSome Team at Asian Health Services (AHS) and help provide health services to all!  We believe everyone should have the right to health, regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture.  We serve and advocate for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community.  We strive to achieve the highest standard in healthcare with top-notch bi-lingual and tri-lingual doctors, nurses, counselors, interpreters and staff who serve over 28,000 patients and over 118,000 visits each year throughout Oakland and surrounding communities. We provide healthcare services in 12 languages (Burmese, Cantonese, Karen, Karenni, Korean, Khmer, Lao, Mandarin, Mien, Mongolian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese).

We are healthcare providers. We are health advocates.   

Join Team AHSome and help provide continued health services to communities that need it the most.

Register today with Team AHSome HERE.

For more information about AHS, visit

Run for your health and the health of your community!

Bay Area Community Resources

Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a community based non-profit serving 6 counties throughout the Bay Area. We serve over 26,000 people annually and employ over 1200 staff. Our mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals and families, encourage service and volunteerism, and help build community. Our services fall into 5 categories:

After School: Recreation and Academic Support

Behavior Health: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling

National Service: AmeriCorps Members are Paid Volunteers Giving Back to the Communities

Youth Leadership: Providing Opportunities for Employment and Youth Led Projects

Just as BACR promotes the healthy development of individuals and families, we promote a culture of health and wellness for our employees. We are fundraising for our Employee Wellness Program to provide our employees’ a variety of programs that address the various components of wellness: mental health, physical, financial, social, and spiritual. Our goal is to improve/increase the overall physical, emotional, and professional wellness of BACR staff so they can continue to provide outstanding services to the community.

For more information on BACR, please visit our website here or contact Human Resources if you are interested in running with us!

Bentley School

Run with Team Bentley (Bentley School’s community and friends) and help support transformative education!

Founded in 1920, Bentley School, a K-12 independent school with campuses in Oakland (K-8) and Lafayette (9-12). offers inclusive, transformative education–a balanced program committed to developing students’ academic excellence as well as character with experiential opportunities for learning. To support our vision of transformative, inclusive education we offer professional development for faculty and staff and need-based financial assistance that supports 25% of students, ensuring exceptional education for all.

Join Team Bentley today!


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].

Choose College

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 lifelong journey for all.

Founded in 2005, Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc. (Choose College) promotes the benefits of pursuing higher education beyond high school. We believe that all students have the ability to academically succeed and pursue post-secondary education if provided with resources, information, guidance, and support.

CCEF’s Outreach Initiatives are dedicated to marketing college-going information and inspiration to Bay Area communities with populations underrepresented in college.

For more information about our organization or if you’re interested in running with us, please visit our website at

Cristo Rey De La Salle

Run for Education – Join the Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School Team

​​Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School, St. Elizabeth Campus, is a diverse, Lasallian Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service.

Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School will open in the fall of 2018 on the campus formerly home to Saint Elizabeth High School in the Fruitvale District. We are currently recruiting families of 8th graders for our founding class of students.

We are excited to be a part of the Oakland Community and this great event!

For more information on CRDLS, please visit our website here or contact Rosa if you are interested in running with us!

George Mark Children's House

Run with George Mark Children’s House and help us provide life-affirming care and comfort for children and their families.

George Mark Children’s House is the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the country. We focus on quality of life and continuity of care for children with illnesses that modern healthcare cannot yet cure, or for those who have life limiting medical conditions. We raise funds so families never see a bill for our services.

Join team George Mark and help make a substantial difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve.

Register today by contacting [email protected] or 510.346.1274

Learn more about George Mark by visiting:

Intertribal Friendship House

Intertribal Friendship House

To promote the ability of Native people to thrive in an urban environment through ceremony, traditions and cultural connection, to provide a safe environment to strengthen cultural identity, promote health, inter-generational healing and support the development of extended family.

The Story
For over sixty years Intertribal Friendship House has served the Native community. IFH was founded in 1955 to address the displacement needs of relocated American Indians. We carried with us through those experiences the knowledge of our culture, values, and the connection to the creator. Using fortitude and traditional teachings we remain strong no matter where we stand.

Get Involved
– Run with us! All runners will get a free t-shirt. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
– Volunteer at the race for us! In order to participate in this great program, we must recruit a minimum of 10 volunteers who can do one 5-7 hour shift the Friday or Saturday before the race, or on race day! Please contact [email protected] if you are willing to join our volunteer team.
– Donate! All donations are tax deductible. Please visit this link below for donation options:

Visit our website to learn about upcoming events:

NorCal CarciNet
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NorCal CarciNet Community is proud to be participating in the Annual Oakland Running Festival for the 5th year in a row helping to raise awareness of Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) a form of cancer that impact the lives of 150,000 in the US including Steve Jobs. Our disease is often misdiagnosed or confused with other diseases which is why we have a Zebra as our mascot as often doctors are taught to think horse not zebras when working with patients. Our non profit community host community sessions on the first Saturday of every even month at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek as well as working with our local research institution to provide patient education to patients and their families in the Bay Area.

Join us and help raise awareness and funds for education and research Sign up and more information at

Oakland Public Education Fund

The Oakland Public Education Fund runs for (and with) Oakland kids! This year the Oakland Ed Fund has grown our team from 100 to 300 student runners! The Oakland Running Festival is a fitness first for many of our students: their first time training for a race and first time experiencing the energy of an event like this. Help us support our young runners, and show your Oakland pride by joining our team, or sponsoring students for the big race.

The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.

The Ed Fund is the only organization raising money for all Oakland public schools. Since 2003, we have raised more than $50 million for programs that help students thrive. We put the right tools in students’ hands to give all kids the excellent education they deserve.

We support all Oakland public schools—both District-run and charter—with a focus on those furthest from opportunity, because kids who come to school with less need more. Learn more about us at

Pierre's Birthday Fund

Pierre’s Birthday Fund’s mission is to make hospital stays more fun and less painful for children with life-threatening illnesses. We develop, fund and administer programs that bring a smile to a child’s face and comfort through pain management. To learn more, visit
Run with #TeamPierre for this year’s race.

Help us bring our birthday celebration program to new hospitals and expand our alternative therapies program to cover more children in need.
Joining #TeamPierre is easy, but no promises on the run. As a member of #TeamPierre we take care of your registration, you get a #TeamPierre Shirt and water bottle and tickets to the #TeamPierre post-run party.

The first step to joining is to click HERE to make your personal fundraising page and let us know you’re interested.

We are excited to run with you and thankful for your commitment to Pierre’s vision.

Running for a Better Oakland

What’s the most exciting way to train for ORF 2018?

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 11th 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!

Urban Health Group

Urban Health Group LLC is participating in the 2018 Oakland Running Festival on March 25, 2018!

Join Team Urban Health Group LLC (UHG) and run for community wellness! No experience or training needed for the 5k event, just motivation to push the mile for wellness. This past year, 2017, was our inaugural run with 30 runners and 10 volunteers helped raise $2,000 for UHG’s community engagement initiatives.

Our goal for 2018 is to register 100 runners and raise $10,000 for Community Wellness.

Fundraising initiative supports programming and services for free to low income communities, internships and Youth Outreach Program educating children and youth how to prepare for emergencies.

To REGISTER TO RUN with Urban Health Group LLC and help promote community wellness, contact Leticia at [email protected]

Not able to run/walk but would like to VOLUNTEER, contact Geneva at [email protected]
Sponsorships accepted at:

Funds raised support free services to low income communities and youth jobs promoting health and wellness.

To find out more about Urban Health Group LLC, visit

Urban Tilth
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Urban Tilth is excited to be a part of the Oakland Running Festival for our 5th year. Each year Urban Tilth staff, friends and supporters join “Team Tilth” to run in support of Urban Tilth’s mission of creating a more 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 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, for the first time in our 12 year history we will be required to pay over $26,000 for use of water at our school garden sites.

So this year our goal is just that… $26,000 or bust! Our goal is to raise the $26,000 we need to keep the water on and keep growing and sharing a love and knowledge of biology, botany, agroecology, nutrition and human health and environmental stewardship and environmental justice at our school garden programs. 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, 2 brunches 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!

Click here to Learn More and to Join Team Tilth.

Youth Radio

Run with Youth Radio and stand up for Bay Area youth!

Located in downtown Oakland, and right on the race route, Youth Radio is the nation’s leading syndicator of youth voices and a national model for engaging young people in creative, professional, and educational opportunities that launch them on career and education pathways.

Our mission is to support youth as they find voice, seek truth and lead.  Through Youth Radio, young people transform their lives, their communities and the national conversation.

Join Team Youth Radio to support Oakland’s youth as they driving conversations that lead to new solutions for long-standing social problems and obstacles to a healthy national future.

To register to run with Youth Radio, contact Heather at [email protected]

To donate, visit our page here!