"We run when we're scared, we run when we're ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time." Christopher McDougall (Born to Run)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oakland Running Festival Releases 2012 Routes

Recently the Oakland Running Festival issued a press release concerning changes to the 2012 course route, found here

The start/finish line will be moved to Snow Park and the Festival’s 5K race will take place on the same day as its other running events on Sunday, March 25th.  Snow Park is a really nice City park that sits at the corner of 19th and Harrison and is directly to the west of Lake Merritt, and often goes unused (except for the most recent use by the Occupy Oakland movement). 

Other than the move of the start/finish line, the course remains basically the same.  Part of the reason for the move to Snow Park is that the event has experienced a 43% increase in runner registrations compared to this date last year, and Frank Ogawa Plaza would not be large enough to accomodate the planned increase in the number of race participants.

Here are links to the 2012 course maps.
- Full Marathon Course Map
- Half Marathon Course Map

Regarding registration, both of the early registration deadlines have passed.  Currently, the remaining deadlines are March 16 and registration at the Expo (most expensive).

                           March 16 / Expo
Marathon:               $ 110 / 130
4-Person Relay:    $ 250 / 270
Half Marathon:       $ 90 / 110
5K Race:                 $ 40 / 50
Fun Run:                 $ 15 / 15

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