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Oakland Running Festival 

When: Sun., March 23, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15-$275
In March 2010 Oakland hosted its first marathon in more than twenty years. Just three years later, the race was voted best marathon in the Pacific West region by Competitor magazine, in part due to the large spectator turnout (about 20,000 fans watch the race every year). This year, organizers are expecting some 10,000 participants: Runners can choose to participate in the full 26.2-mile marathon, a half marathon, a 5K run, a four-person relay, or a kids’ run. For the chance to earn two medals, runners can take on the Run the Town challenge — a 5K run followed by the half marathon. Beginning at Snow Park (19th St. and Harrison St., Oakland), the race covers much of the city, winding through Rockridge, Montclair, Fruitvale, Chinatown, West Oakland, Jack London Square, and the Lake Merritt area. An especially scenic view of the bay will be visible near the Mormon Temple (4770 Lincoln Ave., Oakland). After crossing the finish line back at Snow Park, runners will be able to celebrate by enjoying food and live music.
— Zaineb Mohammed


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