The Town’s Half Marathon


Friday, August 14th, 2015
RunOak Expo & Packet Pickup - Palm Plaza, Jack London Square Waterfront - 1:00pm-7:00pm
More info on the Run the Town Expo here »

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Start & Finish Location - Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland City Hall
Half Marathon Start - 7:00am
Festival Begins - 8:00am

Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
  • If you attempt to sell your race number, you may not be able to participant in future events.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon. If accompanied by a parent or guardian, any age can participate in the Family funK.
  • You must be in good health and able to complete 13.1 miles.
  • You may have a friend or family member pick-up event packets at Friday's Run the Town Expo.
  • You must show photo ID (or digital/paper copy) to receive your bib number and timing chip.
  • Bib numbers are required to participate.
  • There is no event day packet pickup.
  • No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.

Course Time Limits

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, the course time limits will be strictly enforced. Participants must maintain a pace of 14:00 min / per mile to finish the 13.1 miles in under 3 hours (Finish by 10:00am). A cut-off location will be enforced on the course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by this time will be stopped and shuttled to the finish line area.

Medical Information

Our Medical Team is a dedicated group of multidisciplinary medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary. Numerous medical stations will be located at the Finish as well as at the start and along the course.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available near the start line for your pre-race/post-race clothing. While you run, it’ll be held securely while you experience the best of Oakland. When you finish, simply return to the same location to claim your belongings.

Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Line Festival on race day.

Runner Zone

Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter a secure participant only area. In the Runner Zone, you’ll rehydrate, refuel as well as be awarded your well deserved finisher’s medal. Be sure to grab all your goodies, because once you exit this area, you can’t re-enter. Besides, there’s a party going on and its time to celebrate.


The Golden Gate Half Marathon has the same course as its inception in 2002.

Click to download the official Town’s Half Marathon Course Map PDF (subject to change)

Course Map

Click to view the Interactive Course Map (subject to change)

Interactive Map

Course subject to change.


You’ve crossed the finish line on the steps of City Hall in Frank Ogawa Plaza and met with local volunteers placing a ​massive, spinning ​finisher’s medal around your neck. As you are catching your breath, you’re awarded with a commemorative wine glass and escorted to celebrate your accomplishment.

At the RunOak Festival, we’ve assembled a local collection of live music, food, beer & wine to reflect the romance and culture of Oakland. Recover with some protein from Muscle Milk and rehydrate with a refreshing Honest Tea.

The festival celebration is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the runners, experience Oakland hospitality and celebrate everything The Town has to offer.


  • Carefully crafted course showcasing the the best of Oakland - Jack London Square,
    Uptown, Downtown, Piedmont Ave, Claremont, Lake Merritt and Grand Ave.
  • Commemorative Mason Jar Tasting Glass (yes, for beer, wine & champagne!)
  • Gender-Specific Technical Shirt (one you’ll actually wear)
  • Awesome Finisher’s Medal (we’re talking serious hardware)
  • Free Admission to the post-race RunOak Wine & Music Festival
    on the steps of City Hall (the reason we all run, right?)
  • “PB & Awesome” sandwiches courtesy of Oakland Juice & Co.!
    Freshly baked whole wheat bread with strawberry preserves,
    sliced almonds, and crunchy peanuts
  • Brita filtering sports bottle


Oakland Airport: 10 miles
San Francisco International Airport: 21 miles

Click Here for Parking Map (Note: Lot on Clay @ 14th will be closed)

(service begins at 6am) 12th Street Bart Station is less than 1 block from the start line.

Information on public transportation routes and schedules are available through the interactive SF Bay Area Trip Planner


I-580 Ramp Closure and Traffic Detour Routes

AC Transit Service Notices

Event Notice Flyer for Grand Lake Farmer’s Market

Event Notice Flyer for Oakland Produce Market

Event Notice Flyer for Oakland Residents and Businesses

List of Road Closures

For additional questions, please email us: notices (at) projectsport.com


To get you all ready for race day, Athleta in Emeryville is inviting you to complimentary yoga classes and a running club at their store (5652 Bay St.)

Free Yoga classes are every Tuesday night at 8pm.

Our friends at VO2MAX Sports Science have put together 12-week Half Marathon Training Plans for beginner and intermediate levels, to help you prepare to Run OAK!

Download the Beginner Training Program

Download the Intermediate Training Program

Training programs courtesy of:

​It’s not always about the destination, but the journey taken to get there! Make sure you track every stride of your training via Map My Run, the Official Digital Training Partner of The Town’s Half Marathon. They’re hooking all runners up with a complimentary three month MVP membership.​


Marathon Matt’s Pace Rockers will be leading you to the finish and provide a killer soundtrack every step of the way! Pacers will be designated to 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00 finishing times.

Each Pacer will have their own “Boombot” to pump you up while you throw it down…


Participant Info: Oakland

Friday, August 15th, 2014
RunOak Expo & Packet Pickup - Palm Plaza, Jack London Square Waterfront - 1:00pm-7:00pm

On Friday, exhibitors​ from near and far​ will offer free samples, showcase the latest industry apparel, health & nutritional products,​ and much more. All runners must visit the expo to pick up their race number, timing chip and technical t-shirt (With photo id or confirmation page, friends & family are allowed to pick-up for you).

Newton Running is the Official Shoe of The Town’s Half Marathon! Check them out at our expo, get fitted by the experts, and find your new favorite pair of footwear.

  • Dates: Friday, August 14th, 2015
  • Location: Palm Plaza, ​Jack London Square on the Waterfront at the foot of Webster Street
  • Expo Hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Free Admission: Open to the public
  • Parking & Directions: Please visit the Jack London Square web site

Exhibitor Info

The Town’s Half Marathon Expo takes place on Friday before the event and is the location where all participants must pick up their race packets. Free and open to the public, this expo features the latest in nutrition, gear, great events, training and more. For more information regarding exhibiting at the expo, please contact Tim Cole tim@projectsport.com.

Showcase Your Brand at our Running Events!

All Project Sport events feature a pre-event expo, where all participants must visit to pick up their race packets. Free and open to the public, these expos feature the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. Interested in showcasing your brand? Contact us today to get in front of the most desirable demographic!

A 10′x10′ booth comes with (1) 6′ table & (2) chairs. Booth payment is due at time of reservation and is nonrefundable. Booths are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Please submit an application to join the fun! Reserve yours today!

Our Northern California Running Event Locations:

Oakland: The Town’s Half Marathon visit RunOAK.com »
San Francisco: US Half Marathon visit RunSF.com »
Livermore: Livermore Half Marathon visit RunLIV.com »


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495 10th St., Oakland, CA

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We are located in "Old Oakland" in the heart of downtown. Ideally located across the street from the Oakland Convention Center, nearby shopping, cinemas, Jack London Square, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), chinatown, and other fine restaurants and night spots. The hotel is only a seven minute drive from the Oakland International Airport and approximately a 12 minute drive from downtown San Francisco.

Hotel Dining
Seison Restaurant & Lounge

Special Rates for The Town’s Half Marathon
King or two double beds – $119
Complimentary continental breakfast included

To make your reservations, just click on the link below: If the Rate section doesn’t default to “The Town’s Marathon”, just select it from the drop-down list.
The Washington Inn

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Oakland Convention & Visitors Bureau:
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Our tentative weekend schedule:

Friday, August 14th, 2015
1:00pm-7:00pm - Welcome Party & Packet Pickup
Palm Plaza, Jack London Square on the Waterfront, Oakland

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
7:00am - Half Marathon Start
7:15am - Family funK Start
8:15am - Festival Begins



The Town’s Half Marathon is actively seeking enthusiastic, influential and knowledgeable fitness innovators to represent the inaugural event and the distinctive culture of Oakland. The mission of the Ambassador program is to promote the event in local and surrounding areas to increase registration, brand awareness and excitement within the community. This can be done through creative in-market action, which includes supporting the local running clubs/stores, social media outlets, establishing and building relationships in the health & fitness community, and much more!

Why Join?

There are certain perks to joining the Ambassador program. Not only do you get to be a part of an awesome, innovative team, you will also enjoy:

  • An Official #RunOak Training Tech-T
  • 50% off registration if you get 4 people to sign up
  • FREE entry if you get 7 people to sign up
  • A custom 10% off code to share with your network
  • You’ll be featured on our RunOak.com site, with a link to your blog, instagram, etc…
  • Additional incentives based on involvement

You will serve as representatives and promoters on our event team. We look to you for suggestions and new ideas! You will have the opportunity to lead, inspire, and guide runners of all levels through their training process while sharing your story and love for Oakland.

How it Works!

  • CONTACT us for your custom link
  • SHARE your 10% off link
  • FOUR people register, get a 50% discount
  • SEVEN people register, you’re FREE

Special awards given to the ambassador with the most registrations!

To sign up and obtain your official ambassador link, please email us at hello@runoak.com


The Town’s Half Marathon is proud to support Running for a Better Oakland, an organization devoted to encouraging local youth to get back on the streets and living healthy lives.

Click here to donate to this tremendous cause and make sure to cheer loud when you see kids in their yellow RBO shirts out on the course!


Support your local community, as well as thousands of runners and walkers by volunteering! Calling all teams, corporate groups & friends and family members to fill hundreds of positions.

Race Crew members are an integral part of the event. Positions include our Expo, Start Line, Finish Line, and the Water Stations along the course.

To volunteer & be a part of our Race Crew, please Sign Up Here!


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Twitter: twitter.com/thetownshalf

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/id8j6


Age-Group & Overall Results
Top 3 overall male & female will be awarded on stage at 9:15am. Top 3 in each age group will be emailed awards the week following the event.

Free Participant Photos

Event Photos by Larry Rosa

RunOak TV