Ready to Experience the 10th Annual Oakland Running Festival?
You might not guess it at first glance, but the Aventine apartments are a pretty sweet spots for die-hard running enthusiasts. How, you might ask? Just down the road, in Oakland, one of the grandest running festivals is gearing up to make its triumphant return. The Oakland Running Festival is getting ready for its 10th Anniversary Celebration, and along with it will be a horde of amazing events and activities for anyone who loves to run. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at what the festival will entail, along with everything else you’ll need to know to have an outstanding time.
What’s the Oakland Running Festival All About?
The Oakland Running Festival, and it’s main event, the Oakland Marathon, is the “Bay Area race to run,” according to its organizers. This is the most spectacular running-related event in the East Bay, and one that’s well respected on the national stage. The event is famed not only because of the fierce competition, but also the rather scenic route that takes participants through some of Oakland’s most beautiful locations. It even ends with a big party for everyone to enjoy (a well-deserved one, we might add). This year, the 10th anniversary edition of the running festival, will bring another exciting aspect to the legendary run. It will be the first ever to cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge:
“Taking advantage of the pedestrian path across the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Oakland Marathon announced Thursday that the 2019 version of the annual race would cross the bridge to Yerba Buena Island.”
It’s part of a campaign to make the 10th anniversary run a race to remember for the ages, a “must run experience” in the words of Lee Corrigan, the festival’s executive director. In case you were curious about the route, the marathon will start around Lake Merritt, head through West Oakland, and cross the pedestrian path to Yerba Buena Island. Participants will then circle back around, eventually ending up in downtown Oakland. If you’re planning on entering, you should take a look at the route map before you do so you know what you’re getting into, and, additionally, be aware of some of the finer details of the race you’ll need to observe.\
The first of these is the amount of time that the race route will remain open. The marathon starts at 7:00AM on Sunday, March 24th, and the course will only stay open until 2:00PM, giving you 7 hours to complete your run. You’ll have to maintain a pace of at least 16 minutes/mile in order to remain in the race, and if you can’t keep with this time you’ll need to “move to the sidewalks as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic to resume.” In addition to keeping on a strict time schedule, you’ll also want to note that there are restrictions on items that are not allowed on the course:
- Roller Blades
- Baby Joggers
- Vehicles (of any kind)
Those restrictions are mainly in place for safety reason, and there’s an additional item that, while not strictly banned, is strongly discouraged to help the race run more smoothly — headphones/personal audio devices. This too is in part due to safety, but the race organizers also believe that “running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer.” On top of that, there may be a need for you to follow verbal commands from course marshals, and if you’re listening to your tunes while they’re barking orders, you might not be able to pick up on some vital information you need to hear (and may even be asked to give up your device temporarily). The best bet is to leave the headphones at home for this one, and revel in the race experience to the fullest, without obstruction.
There’s more you’ll need to stay on top of still — the aid stations set up along the marathon route. There are 14 in total, and each has refreshments in the form of water, Gatorade, fruit, salty snacks, and energy gel to help you keep your strength. They also have portable toilets if you need to relieve yourself and a few aid stations have medical facilities in the event you suffer an injury. Now, to wrap up the “nitty gritty” details, the info you’ve really been waiting for — the awards for scoring a top time.
Here’s how it works: “Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each five-year age group.” There are thirteen groups in total:
- 19 & under
- 20 - 24
- 25 - 29
- 30 -34
- 35 - 39
- 40 -44
- 45 - 49
- 50 - 54
- 55 - 59
- 60 - 64
- 65 - 69
- 70 -74
- 75 and over
No cash prizes this time around, unfortunately, but you will get the recognition of being a top performer for finishing well, and rewarded with a spiffy trophy if you’re one of the top three overall champions.
And a final note — while the marathon itself takes place on the 24th, it’s not the only part of the only part of the running festival to get excited over. There’s a happy hour expo happening at the Oakland Marriott on March 22nd, and there will even be live music at the marathon from 10:00AM to 2:00PM to enjoy as well. To learn more about the marathon and everything else surrounding the Oakland Running Festival, be sure to visit their homepage and social media links as well.
The Aventine Apartments Are the Place to Be Whether You Love to Run or Prefer Relaxing
At stylish coastal apartments like Aventine, you’re not just in prime position to enjoy all of the best events the East Bay has to offer — you’re part of a modern and comfortable community that puts quality living first. Spacious floorplans, five-star amenities, a great spot near the shores of The Bay? It’s hard to want for much more, so if you’re thinking this might be the scene for you, be sure to drop us a line to learn more about making Aventine your new home in the East Bay.