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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 25, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 49° F (9°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.89
Course Score: 97.03

Race Size

2017: 527 Finishers
2016: 683 Finishers
2015: 682 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 7%
2016: 5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The first half of the challenging Oakland Running Festival Marathon course is hilly - especially from miles 5 to 10 where the course climbs from an elevation close to sea level up to almost 700 feet. The second half of the course descends back down to sea level and is relatively flat from miles 15 to the finish.

Marathon Rankings

The Oakland Running Festival Marathon was the 132nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 113th largest in 2016.

Last year 7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Oakland Running Festival Marathon the 288th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 378th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.03 ranks it as the 385th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 30th fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Oakland Running Festival Marathon a PR Score of 96.89. This PR Score ranks it as the 350th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 27th fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 682 feet (207m)
Min Elevation: 6 feet (1m)


Recent Oakland Running Festival Marathon Reviews

3.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Oakland Running Festival Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great support at the end but lifeless in the first few miles. Killer hill but is mostly flat.

Race Tips

Hill train.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2015 Oakland Running Festival Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The climb the first 10.5 miles was not as bad as it looks on the elevation chart. Running up the Oakland hills was nice and it had a great view at the top. The start of the downhill was a little steep. The locals seemed to set-up their own water stations giving out bottles of water. Churches and restaurants also set-up their own aid stations. Friendly and encouraging, felt like a small-town marathon. I will do it again next year. Well organized at the start line and well-attended finish area. It begins and ends at a park next to Lake Merritt.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There was plenty of street parking near the staging area. Just be aware of road closures.

review of 2012 Oakland Running Festival Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Did not like the course. A very steep downhill. Runs through unattractive areas. Pot holes. Locals not friendly.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Run San Francisco and not Oakland. Safer, cleaner and much prettier

Finish Time Equivalent

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