Oakland Running Festival 2014, A Photo Review

The Oakland Running Festival is one of my favorite running events in the Bay Area. This year’s race is scheduled for this Sunday, March 22nd, but I wasn’t able to add it to my 2015 race calendar. However, I never wrote a race recap of my experiences running the half marathon last year, so I decided to write a brief review of the 2014 event in honor of the race tomorrow!

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The Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon

March 23, 2014

9:15 am (yes that is right, if you run the half marathon you can actually get some sleep before the race!)

website: oaklandmarathon.com

There are a number of distance options available at the Oakland Running Festival: a full marathon, half marathon, 5K or a team relay. I chose to run the half marathon and paid a reasonable registration fee in the ballpark of $95. Believe me, you get your money’s worth in this race!

It has been almost a year since I participated in the ORF, so instead of a detailed recap I will simply share some of my favorite photos of the event!

Expo: 

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Race Day: 

The Oakland Running Festival is a running event full of unique sights, sounds and an energetic crowd like I have never experienced before. The ORF takes runners on a tour of Oakland, and TONS people come out of their homes (and churches!) to support the race. The enthusiasm of the crowd is spirited and infectious, making for a memorable running experience.

I should also note that the ORF half marathon course is fast and flat, minus one steep hill at the very end. In fact, this was the first time I ran a sub 2-hour half marathon!

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The Starting Line

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Running through downtown

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Running through fire

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These things. More fire.

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Balloons!

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Taiko drummers

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Brown Sugar Kitchen

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Raider Nation —>

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The best crowd support!

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Running around Lake Merritt

The Finish: 

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The medal

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And of course free beer. You get 2 in fact! Or wine 🙂

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The Finishline Festival, complete with vendors, massage tables, concerts…

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and lots of food trucks!

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Hanging out with my #1 fan

The Oakland Running Festival is an INCREDIBLE event: lively, colorful, and energetic-like the city of Oakland itself. I’m sad that I won’t be there this year, but you can guarantee I will be back someday soon!

Good luck to everyone running tomorrow!

Finis!

-J

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