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For the Love of the Bay 5/10K Run

Saturday June 13th, 2020

Oakland, CA

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We are BACK!!!

Year 2 of the For the Love of the Bay Run!!

This year we added a 10K for those looking to step it up and increase the distance!!!

The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful places to run in the world and the running community is as strong as anywhere in the country. You can find a 5K or 10K with a theme name practically every week of the year if you look close enough. Unfortunately, in these events, too many groups are left underrepresented at the starting line. When I line up at the start line of a run in the Bay Area and 90% of the participants are of the same ethnic background, I believe somewhere, somehow, the community is failing. The narrative of who participates in these events is one that everyone needs to play an active role in rewriting. This race aims to do that by encouraging a diverse crowd filled with people of all walks of life, tall and short, thin and wide, white and black and every shade in between. Diversity reigns supreme in the Bay, why can't it be on a Saturday morning at the start of outdoor events as well? Let’s be serious, this is the Bay Area and our diversity is what makes us strong and unique. We encourage everyone who believes in unity in the community to participate. From first time runners to families to people training and challenging themselves!! All should come out, all are invited!! 

This is an Oakland Event run by Oakland people. We want and have worked to make this event affordable to help encourage all walks and people with all sizes of bank accounts to attend. We don't want lack of funds to be the reason anyone stays home. Please, reach out to us if money is the reason you cannot participate. We also want to be especially encouraging to get these kids out, off social media and off the couch. I can guarantee you they will NOT forget the Saturday morning they got out with mom or dad or both and went to an event at the lake with all sorts of people, all connecting, all in the name of unity in the community. It's why we offer special pricing for kids (kids 8-16 are $15 under the special pricing tab). Kids under 8 are free but they WILL need to purchase a shirt and bib ($9). In the end, we want people leaving feeling accomplished and smiling, kids included.

For our first timers, allow this be an activity that helps motivate you get to the gym to prepare for. We want hitting that register button to be an incentive for you to get active!!  New to the Bay? Great!! Please join in!! If you come to this event and do not meet 3/4 new people by the time you get back in your car, you will have missed out on the best part of the event, the people!! Our aim is to have everyone leaving the event feeling accomplished while marking their calendar for next year!!   

We will have multiple water and aid stations on the course. Prizes for top finishers, medals for all participants and a huge raffle for everyone who shows up and pins a bib to their running shirt (this year we have 50 bottles of wine and some great running swag along with gift cards, tickets and a few surprises up our sleeves for you. In addition, we have a great race shirt lined up!! With help from the City of Oakland Parks Department, Kind Healthy Snacks, Sports Basement and others, the Run/Walk for the Love of the Bay 5K will be an unforgettable event created by people from the Bay Area, for the Bay Area.

Pre-event packet pick-up: Sports Basement - Berkeley on Friday, June 12th, 2020 from 4:30PM to -8pm (20% discount on store purchases when you show your bib at the register). Come and enjoy music and bites to snack on and to talk running in the Bay. Or, the morning of the race at 6:45am sharp we will open up pickup closing EXACTLY at 7:30am for the 8:00am Run. 

We will all be meeting on the front Lawn at the Boathouse next to FairyLand at the lake to begin the run. Just look for smiling faces and red shirts!! Gun goes off sharply at 8:15am for the runners followed those who want to walk, jog, stroll and simply enjoy a community walk around the Lake. 

Please run with your bib on. We will be having people take photos the day of the event and we want to be able to know who each person is when posting them. 

8:00am gather to the start, hugs, high fives and making sure laces are tied.

8:15am runners start both 5K and 10K, followed by the walkers and strollers (we LOVE dogs, we would prefer you keep any dog over ten pounds home however). 

10:00am Raffle and prizes (in the time between race and raffle we will have post race recovery items and water and for all the runners). 

11:00am Depart

Parking is $5 on Bellevue in the Fairyland parking area. On the street, it's metered starting at 8am. 


Race Distances

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For the Love of the Bay 10K Option!! Click to Find Out Register »
For the Love of the Bay 5 and 10K Run/Walk Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

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