Frequently Asked Questions

Are baby strollers allowed on course?

Yes, please start in the back of the pack and stay to the right, when out on course, so runners can safely pass.

Where do the races start?

All events will start and finish at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. For the full itinerary of start times, check out our “Race” page.

Can one person from a family/group/team pick up all packets?

Yes, no problem. Have your designated person meet us at any of the following locations to pick up shirts, bibs, and timing chips.

  • Option 1: Wednesday, August 8 (5:30p-7:30p) - Launch Party with DJ UMAMI at the Oaklandish Downtown Store in partnership with the Oakland A’s
  • Option 2: Thursday, August 9 (4p-8p) -  Sports Basement Berkeley (20% off everything in store with proof of bib at checkout)
  • Option 3: Friday, August 10 (4p-8p) - Sports Basement Berkeley (20% off everything in store with proof of bib at checkout)
  • Option 4: Saturday, August 11 (12p-7p) - Oakland City Hall's Frank Ogawa Plaza
  • Option 5: Wanna forgo packet pickup? Select the “Expo-In-A-Box” option when registering (before July 12’s deadline). Already registered? Add it here

Are bikes, hoverboards, scooters, skateboards, push bikes, unicycles or wagons allowed on course?

No, due to safety concerns, only baby strollers/joggers and wheelchairs are allowed on the course. We ask those with baby strollers/joggers to stage toward the back of the start line chute and stay to the right to not impede faster participants.

Can I walk the course?

5K: Yes, we just ask that you complete the 5K course in one (1) hour or less, which is a 20 minute per mile pace. Roads will reopen at 5p, so please be sure to check your pace to ensure a positive experience.

Half: Yes, we just ask that you complete the Half course in three (3) hours or less, which is a 13:45 minute per mile pace. Roads will reopen at 10:30a, so please be sure to check your pace to ensure a positive experience.

Where can I register on race day?

On-site registration will be available at a premium price (all the more incentive to register early!) for the Half, 5K, and Kids events starting at 12p on Saturday, August 11 at the information table. On-site registration will be not be available on Sunday, August 12.

Where / when do we pick up our event shirts, timing chips & bibs?

You have options!

*some exclusions apply

What is the Oaktown Challenge

For those Oaktowers ready to take on the 5K on Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday, we’ll have the opportunity for you to bring home an extra massive medal and hella bragging rights. There’s a bundled registration discount as well for you to score here.

What is the Stomper’s Stomp?

Stomper’s Stomp Presented by the A’s is a kids fun run for 2-8 year olds on Saturday, August 11th at 3p. Participants should meet our team at the Finish Line at 2:45p where we will then escort them to their appropriate start line. 2-3 year olds have an 80 yard course, 4-5 year olds have a 200 yard course and 6-8 year olds have a 300 yard course.

Are there aid stations on course?

Our Half Marathon will have an aid station around every two miles (six total). Each aid station will have water, nuun sports drink, and portable toilets. Our aid station at mile 8 will also feature energy gels.

The 5K does not have any aid stations on-course, but we’ll have water, toilets, and nuun for you at the finish line!

Where do I park on race morning?

Street parking as well as parking garages are plentiful throughout the Downtown area near our Start Line. We strongly suggest carpooling and arriving early, so we’re able to close streets and start the race on time. Please note: 12th Street BART is an accessible option for participants on Saturday, August 11th, but does not run early enough on Sunday, August 12th to accommodate Half Marathoners.

Where are the restrooms?

Portable toilets will be located along the 14th Street side of the festival area, along with hand washing stations.

Where will official results be posted?

After the race, results will be posted at oaktownhalf.com.

I still have questions! How can they get answered?

Feel free to reach us at yourfriends@oaktownhalf.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

See you at the Start Line!