The Bay Area is one of the greatest places to run in the world and the running community is as strong as anywhere. You can find a 5K or 10K with a fancy theme name practically every week of the year if you look close enough. Unfortunately, many groups are underrepresented in these events. You get these out of town companies come in and try to put on a race without any skin in the game or love of the city. When I line up at a race the Bay Area and 90% of the participants look the same, I believe somewhere, somehow, we are failing. The narrative of who participates in these events is one that we want to have a hand in changing. Change the narrative, change who feels these activities are for them. The director for the Love of the Bay 5K Run and Walk at Lake Merritt aims to begin to change that narrative by reaching out and encouraging a diverse crowd filled with people of all walks of life, talk and short, thin and wide, white and black. Diversity reigns supreme in the Bay, it should in Bay races as well. We want to see children and families and friends all connecting, all in one community. Let’s be serious this is Oakland and our diversity is what makes us strong and unique. We encourage everyone who believes in unity in the community to hop on board and whether it’s your 1st 5K or 100th, join the party. We have made this affordable as possible to help encourage all walks and people with all levels of bank accounts to attend. We don’t want lack of funds to be the reason any stays home, even if it means taking from our own pocket. We need to especially get these kids out. I can guarantee you they will NOT forget the Saturday they got out with mom or dad or both and went to an event at the lake and all all sorts of people, all connecting, all in the name of unity in the community. It’s why we offer special pricing for kids (kids UNDER 6 free, kids 6-14 are only $12 under the special pricing tab). Every cent collected, will go back in the race. In the end, we want to see as many people smiling as they are sweating at this event. People will go home feeling accomplished and marking their calendar for next year after this inaugural event!!
We will have water and aid stations on the course. Prizes for top finishers, ribbons for all the children and a huge raffle for everyone who shows up and pins a bib to their running shirt (so far, we have 25 bottles of wine, wireless headphones sets and some great running swag already collected!!). We also have medals for all adult finishers who cross the finish line!!!! In addition, we have a great race shirt lined up and with help from the City of Oakland Parks Department, Kind Healthy Snacks, Sports Basement, Pinpoint Training and others, the Run/Walk for the Love of the Bay 5K will be an unforgettable event created by people from the Bay Area, for the Bay Area.
Please don’t delay in registering, we are capped at 200 people for this location so once we hit that mark, registration will end!!
Meeting at the Lawn at the Boathouse to begin the race. Gun goes off at 8:15am sharp for the runners followed those who want to walk and stroll and simply enjoy a community walk around the Lake.
There will be two ways to pick up Bibs!! First, by coming to Sports Basement at 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94703 where you can enjoy some music, bites to eat (good ones) between 4pm and 7pm on March 8th. Or, the morning of the race at 7am sharp we will open up pickup for an HOUR closing EXACTLY at 8AM for the 8:15am Race.
Take photos in front of the clock, have fun but always be careful of anyone running behind you as the race concludes.
8:00am gather to the start
8:15am runners lined up, followed by the walkers and strollers (we LOVE dogs, we would prefer you keep any dog over ten pounds home however).
10:00am Raffle and prizes (in the time between race and raffle we will have post race recovery bars and water and fruit for all the runners).
Parking is $5 On Bellevue in the Fairyland parking area. On the street, it’s metered.