Gene Brtalik is the event director for the Oakland Running Festival and an employee of Corrigan Sports. When not organizing races, he can be found running various distances and participating in triathalons.
Oakland is located in Northern California and the start and finish lines are just outside Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.
The event was created to fill the void of events in Northern California during the spring season as well as to give Oakland a presence in the running community. As the current time, Oakland is only city in the Bay Area that doesn’t have a marathon or half-marathon.
The marathon route is very scenic as it winds it way through almost all the parts of Oakland, including a great view of Oakland, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco right before mile 10. Runners will be challenged in the beginning, but rewarded with the views and the relatively flat course the last 13 miles of the course.
We are expecting between 7,000 and 8,000 runners among the five events. We want runners of all abilities to participate and that is why we have the five different events.
We also organize a half-marathon, four-person team relay, 5k and kids’ fun run.
Cool temperatures in the 50s or 60s
We have a one-day Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday and then a Celebration Village on Sunday filled with vendors, live music and food and drink.
I would say to visit Jack London Square and check out the waterfront.
Come be apart of an exciting new event that will soon be one of the best in the Bay Area.