5K and Half Marathon Courses

About the Challenge

Over the past five years, we have learned that participants of the Oakland Running Festival are a little bit different!  They have great pride in their Town and will do just about anything to show it.  Many of you can’t get enough running and are always looking for the next challenge.  Well, now we have just the thing for you– The Run THE TOWN Challenge! City, Schmitty!

Run the Total Health Dental Care 5K at 7:30 am and then run the Kaiser Permanente Half- Marathon at 9 am to earn yourself a special bib, an extra medal and a reason to say We Run The Town.

Medals will be distributed following the completion of the half marathon.  Your special bib will help our volunteers and everyone else identify you as a Town Challenge participant (and let them know to run the other way… very quickly!).


A prize will be awarded for the 1st place overall Male & Female Run the Town Challenge registrant – based on your combined finishing chip time in the Half & 5k

  • Awards will be mailed approximately 3 weeks after race day, once results are finalized. 
2022 Runner Premiums

How to Register

From the online registration page of the website, you will see a special category called Run the Town Challenge! Select this category to enroll in both the half marathon and 5k at once and receive your special Fun the Town Challenge race bib at pick-up.

If you have already registered for one of the race distances but did not register for the We Run the Town Challenge, simply register for the other race and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to let us know you are eligible for the We Run The Town Challenge!  You will be sent an updated confirmation email within two weeks confirming your entry to the challenge. The deadline to submit the form to link your races is Friday, March 8 at 11:59pm.