Holy quick-dry socks, Batman, could Oakland get any more awesome? The answer is decidedly yes, thanks to The Oakland Running Festival! Yes, many cities host road races or blaze trails, with people from all over the bay area tramping out to grace the pavement with their sneakers, but while Oakland is still a bit green to the running game — this is the second year for the Running Festival — she’s coming in strong.
What Makes the Oakland Running Festival so Spectacular?
You’ll be chased by the ghost of Napoleon’s horse! Just kidding. But you do have the option to run a Marathon, Half Marathon, a twilight 5K, or a team race. And for the little you in your life, there’s a Kids Fun Run to boot. A twilight 5K is kind of a big deal — definitely a rarity and something not to be missed.
Running For a Better Oakland
First, there’s the actual organization, Running for a Better Oakland, who encourage students age 10-18 to create well rounded lifestyles via running. RBO is happily encouraging their students to train for the event.
Second though, a marathon through Oakland gives local distance runners a chance to see that hey, Oakland isn’t the rough and tumble place they imagine it to be. It’s no secret Oakland has a bad rap in the Bay Area and state community, and taking time to showcase her more hipster, gentrified, and green sides, as well as proving that the urban squares aren’t anything different than those in SF, help pique people’s curiosity about the city, and thus put Oakland on their radar.
If You’re Going To Run:
March 26, 2011:
March 27, 2011:
Oh, and if you need somewhere to eat afterward? Try Shan Dong in Chinatown. You won’t be disappointed by their homemade dumplings. Or there’s always Pacific Coast Brewery if an ale sounds like the right way to go. Of course, my favorite Oakland eatery after a race? Mama’s Royal Cafe up on Broadway. Yes, the line will be long. But yes, the grits will be worthwhile.