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Run Local® Acquires Oakland Running Festival

Bay Area-based events company to manage and present deep-rooted mid-March community event after purchase from Corrigan Sports Enterprises

OAKLAND, Calif. – (January 19, 2023) – After a decade of growing the Oakland Running Festival into a community-wide celebration and must-do on a runner’s annual calendar, Corrigan Sports Enterprises has sold the property to Bay Area-based events company Run Local®. The 2023 edition takes place on Sunday, March 19 with distances for every runner, including the Marathon (26.2 miles), Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Heritage Bank of Commerce 10K (6.2 miles), The Total Dental Health Care 5K (3.1 miles) and the Eat. Learn. Play. Kids Fun Run.

“Our team has had the privilege of working with the Oakland Running Festival team for many years, and we’re thrilled to steward the event for years to come. Together, this transition will be a smooth one for runners and partners alike,” commented J.T. Service, Run Local founder. “The Town is a special place for our company, with staff in the area as well as hosting events in the East Bay for over a decade. Local runners, artists and partners in Oakland are passionate about their community and we look forward to harnessing their energy to continue to grow the event.”

Run Local is just one of the brands in the Soul Focus Sports family, which produces over 100 events and brand activations each year. Founded in 2010, Soul Focus Sports has staff across the country working with internationally recognized endurance events, outdoor retail, tech and nutrition companies bringing brands to life both in-person and digitally.

“Run Local is the perfect team to continue the legacy of the Oakland Running Festival. We founded the event in 2010 with the goal of growing it into one of the largest events in the Bay Area, and thanks to our amazing partners and staff, we were able to achieve this mission,” stated Lee Corrigan, Corrigan Sports Enterprises founder.

The 2023 Oakland Running Festival will include a number of community events leading up to race weekend. Follow @oaklandmarathon and @runlocalevents on social media to stay informed. Participants also share your journeys in social media with #OaklandRunningFestival and #RunLocal.

To learn more and to register, visit: oaklandmarathon.com

Run Local®

Founded in 2012, Run Local’s mission is to inspire movement in your community™. It has produced events in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California, including the Oakland Running Festival (March) and the Santa Barbara Half presented by HOKA & SB Independent 5K (November). Each of its events celebrate the local running community, artists and the unique diversity of each region. For more information, visit runlocalevents.com and also join us on social @runlocalevents.

About Corrigan Sports Enterprises

Headquartered in Elkridge, Maryland, Corrigan Sports Enterprises has earned its national reputation by owning and operating some of the largest events in the endurance industry. Founded in 2001, CSE owns and operates marquee events such as the Baltimore Running Festival, Frederick Running Festival, Baltimore 10-Miler, St Charles Running Festival and The Bay Bridge Run.  Newly added endurance events in 2023 are the Annapolis Running Festival and the Ocean City Running Festival. CSE also owns and operates several Lacrosse events most notably the All-America Lacrosse Classic.  For more information visit: www.corrigansports.com. Contact [email protected] or call 410-605-9381.