ABOUT THE TOWN'S HALF EVENT

Claim your spot amongst thousands of runners for the 2016 Town's Half and 24Life 5K while the price is still low (limited spots are available are each tiered price). Our carefully crafted course shows off the best The Town has to offer and takes you around beautiful Lake Merritt. Then, it's party time!

We're excited to partner with 24 Hour Fitness to introduce a new 5K course to our Town's Half Marathon event. Invite friends and family to experience this fun 24Life™ 5K event.

NEW: First-Class VIP Race Experience!


We're rolling out the Red Carpet with a New First-Class VIP Race Experience! Registration is open but only available to the first 150 people. This read carpet experience includes:

- Race Day Packet Pickup if you plan to arrive on race morning ready to run
- VIP Hassle-Free Parking close to the Expo for both for the expo and race day
- Unlimited VIP Lounge access on race day
- Pre-race Energizing Breakfast Items served in the Lounge
- Private Gear Check with Pick-up inside the VIP Lounge
- Post-race refueling food and drink (an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available)
- Dedicated VIP entrance to the post-race Beer Garden, if you want to venture out of the VIP Lounge
- Private VIP restrooms and sinks!
- Private post-race massage
- A special Finisher’s item – delivered with your packet
- Sponsored Lunch provided

Ready for your red carpet race experience? Click here!.

Already registered? You can upgrade your current registration to the First Class VIP Race here and select the upgrade option.

Note: if you are enrolled in a tour pass, you will need to purchase each upgrade sepeately.


Important dates


Friday, August 12th, 2016
RunOak Expo & Packet Pickup - Frank H. Ogawa plaza - 1:00pm-7:00pm
More info on the Run the Town RunOak Expo & Packet Pickup here »

Saturday, August 13th, 2016
Start & Finish Location - 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
Half Marathon Start - 7:00am
Festival Begins - 8:00am

Race Rules

  • Cancellations – Entries are Non Refundable and Non Transferable from Person to Person
  • Please be aware that ALL entries are non transferable and non refundable. Entries are good only for the year they are intended.
  • Entries cannot be deferred from one year to the next and are non-transferable from person to person. This applies whether or not you may be injured, have moved, or any other reason. We cannot make any exceptions to this policy. Thank you for your understanding.
  • If you cannot participate after you have registered, you may still pick up your shirt at the Expo on Friday, August 12, 2016.
  • No medal or shirt will be mailed. No exception.
  • Transfer Requests From One Distance to Another: Transfer requests can be accommodated only as long as there are openings available in the distance you wish to be transferred. Transfers are NOT guaranteed. There is no fee if you decide to decrease your distance. Simply email info@raceforce.com and we will be happy to make the change for you (if spots are still available). There will be a fee to increase your distance (from 5K to Half Marathon). Please login to your Imathlete account and select the “Switch Classes” option.
  • 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 in good health.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the RunOAK Expo. If you cannot attend the expo, you MUST purchase the raceday packet pick up option in Imathlete.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • Medals and/or shirts will not be mailed out. No exception
  • 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 5K.
  • 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.

NATIONAL RUNNING DAY

JUNE 1 IS NATIONAL RUNNING DAY

National Running Day

June 1 is National Running Day. It's 1 Day with 1 Goal: celebrate the power of the running community (and win prizes!)

- Sign up for the Town's Half ;
- Download your virtual race bib
- Get a run in, post and tag the Town’s Half Facebook page (or @thetownshalf on Instagram) and be entered to win!

Prizes include:

- RaceDay VIP Upgrade: valued at $220 - Pair of Spy Optics running sunglasses: valued at $120 - $50 gift card to reedeem on any of the Golden State Half Series Merchandise store.

COURSE & VENUE

Course Map

Click here or on the image below for an interactive map of the 5k course

Course Map

Click here or on the image below for an interactive map of the half marathon course

Course Map

FESTIVAL

You’ve crossed the finish line on the steps of City Hall in Frank Ogawa Plaza and met with local volunteers placing a ​massive, ​finisher’s medal around your neck. As you are catching your breath, you’re awarded with a commemorative mason jar 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. Grab a healthy snack from KIND and a banana and berry parfait from Whole Foods Market.

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.

RUNNER PERKS

  • 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
  • Gender-Specific Technical Shirt (one you’ll actually wear)
  • Awesome Finisher’s Medal (we’re talking serious hardware)
  • Free Admission to the post-race Whole Foods Market Finish Line Festival and concert
    on the steps of City Hall (the reason we all run, right?)
  • A delicious banana & berry parfait from Whole Foods Market

LEGACY RUNNERS

JOIN THE CLUB!

The Town's Half Legacy Club recognizes participants who demonstrate their commitment to lifelong activity by completing the half marathon in at least three consecutive Town's Half Marathons! Qualified club members will receive special recognition for every year their personal streak is kept alive! #townshalf #OAKLegacyMember

SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT

Town's Legacy Runners will receive:

– Special Online Recognition
– Legacy Club logo on Race Bib
– Additional Legacy Bib to proudly wear on the back of their shirt.
– Special Discounts and promotional offers

Once you achieve Legacy Club status, you must continue running the Town's Half to maintain legacy status. A minimum of 3 consecutive years is required to maintain membership. 5k Distance does not apply.

NOTE: Eligible members should have the Legacy Club logo on their race bibs and must bib up their Legacy Bib at the Active Lifestyle Expo. Legacy Bibs will not be mailed.

PERKS OF TRAINING WITH THE CLUB

There is no separate registration or sign up required. We keep track of your finishes. Runners who qualify will have automatic membership upon completion of their third consecutive event.

Anyone can become a member of the Legacy Club! Just complete three consecutive Town's Half marathons.To keep your Legacy Club status, continue to finish half marathon every year.

2016 Legacy Club inlcudes all Finihers of:

– the 2014 Town's Half (Half Marathon distance only)
– the 2015 Town's Half (Half Marathon distance only)
– the 2016 Town's Half (you must be registered for the Half Marathon for your status to be confirmed)

GETTING THERE

Parking is available on-site in the free lot, which is located behind the building, on Madison Street. Madison is a one-way street, running in the opposite direction as Lakeside.
Other lots are also available on Madison Street, which are not free. Some on-street parking is also available. There are two lots on Madison within a couple of blocks of the center. If you desire to look for on-street parking, continue on Madison, turning left at 14th, and left again on Lakeside. BART is also an option, the 19th St., 12th St or Lake Merritt Station.

EVENT NOTICES

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

TRAINING

Whether you're notching your first 13.1 miles at The Town’s Half or looking to notch a personal best on 8/13, Marathon Matt's Run Club will have you ready



Run Club Training for The Town's Half in SF or East Bay (Sat, 5/21-Sat, 8/13)

San Francisco

Run Club launches in San Francisco on Sat, 5/21 @ A Runner's Mind (3575 Sacramento Street)

Part-time participation is $120 and includes access to TWO workouts/week to choose from...

-Tues. maintenance runs @ 6:30PM in Golden Gate Park or Downtown
-Thurs. night speedwork @ 6:30PM in the Marina OR bootcamp @ 6:30PM Downtown
-Sat. long runs @ 9:30AM at A Runner's Mind (3575 Sacramento St)
-Sun. trail runs @ 9:30AM at A Runner's Mind (3575 Sacramento St)



PURCHASE YOUR TRAINING PLAN HERE.

East Bay

Run Club launches in the East Bay (Lafayette) on Sat, 5/21 @ A Runner's Mind and includes TWO workouts/week...

-Thurs. night speedwork @ 6:30PM in the OR bootcamp @ 6:30PM (at A Runner's Mind)
-Sat. long runs @ 9:30AM at A Runner's Mind

Run Club Participation in the East Bay is $120.

PURCHASE YOUR TRAINING PLAN HERE.

Both programs include a technical training shirt, a $20 store credit at A Runner's Mind (towards the purchase of $80 or more), a twice weekly email newsletter supporting your training, a private Facebook group for interacting with your coaches/teammates, social events, clinics/seminars, a VIP discount on The Town's Half Marathon, and much more!

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS? EMAIL INFO@SANFRANCISCORUNNINGCLUB.COM

Additional Run Club perks include...

  • $20 Gift Card to A Runner’s Mind
  • A Technical Training Shirt
  • 20% Off All Sasquatch Racing Events
  • Discounts with PSOAS Massage/Bodywork
  • A Comprehensive Training Schedule with Multiple Training Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Two Weekly eNewsletters Supporting Your Training
  • Access to a Private Facebook Group Page to Connect with Your Teammates
  • Social Events
  • Much More!

Full time registration is $150 and gets you access to 3 or more workouts/week.

Part time registration is $120 and gets you access to 2 workouts/week (you can choose different workouts every week if desired)

Single workout options (Saturday long runs, Sunday trail runs, etc) are $75-$100.


PACING

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…

EXPO

On Friday, August 12th, 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 Town’s Expo & Packet Pickup 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).

  • Dates: Friday, August 12th, 2016
  • Location: Frank H. Ogawa plaza
  • The Town’s Expo & Packet Pickup Hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Free Admission: Open to the public


Parking & Directions

Parking is available at 1414 Clay St Oakland, CA 94612.

Exhibitor Info

The Town’s Half Marathon RunOak Expo & Packet Pickup 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, The Town’s Expo & Packet Pickup features the latest in nutrition, gear, great events, training and more. To see who's going to be there and what spaces are still available, click here. For more information regarding exhibiting at the The Town’s Expo & Packet Pickup, please contact expo@raceforce.com.

Showcase Your Brand at our Running Events!

All RaceForce 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 Golden State Half Series includes:

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

Our Southern California Running Event Locations:
Huntington Beach: Surf City 10 visit website »
Huntington Beach: Surf City Marathon & Half marathon visit website »

STAY

The Washington Inn
495 10th St., Oakland, CA
510-452-1776


“Spoiled” as defined by The Washington Inn Hotel, is a destination you surely don’t want to miss! It is an innovative alternative to traditional hotels. The Washington Inn Hotel has been renovated with Italian inspired architecture and sensual décor. This luxury boutique hotel, one of Oakland’s historic landmarks will surely pamper your every needs with our attentive and personalized service. The hotel has “Spoiled” as defined by The Washington Inn Hotel, is a destination you surely don’t want to miss! It is an innovative alternative to traditional hotels. The Washington Inn Hotel has been renovated with Italian inspired architecture and sensual décor. This luxury boutique hotel, one of Oakland’s historic landmarks will surely pamper your every needs with our attentive and personalized service. The hotel has an aura of sophistication and style which also creates an exciting atmosphere for today’s business or leisure traveler who wants something more.

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


Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland Waterfront
1103 Embarcadero., Oakland, CA
510-663-2700


Relax to soothing views of the waterfront from your room at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Oakland-Waterfront hotel. Forget that you are in the city as you watch the sun set from the patio on the hotel’s water side overlooking the marina.

Our Homewood Suites hotel is located at the Oakland Waterfront Estuary, minutes away from San Francisco/Oakland Ferry Terminal, and minutes from downtown Oakland, CA. Our extended stay hotel provides easy access to San Francisco and San Jose, and is convenient to popular Oakland attractions such as Jack London Square, the Fox Oakland and Paramount Theatres, Henry Kaiser Convention Center, Lake Merritt and the Oakland Zoo.

Extended stay business travelers appreciate our waterfront location near business centers and offices such as the Port of Oakland, Coast Guard Island, Highland Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Computer Science Corporation and Federal Express World Service Center.

Stay connected with free internet access. Wake up to a complimentary hot full breakfast served daily, and relax at the end of the day with our complimentary evening social* served Monday through Thursday

Special Rates for The Town’s Half Marathon
Queen/King Suites – $139 - $159

All guests enjoy complimentary business center and WiFi to keep you comfortable and connected. Our one and two bedroom suites offer full kitchens. All guests enjoy hot full breakfast daily and complimentary evening social* Monday through Thursday.

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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland-Waterfront


Last day to make reservations is July 14, 2015



Waterfront Hotel
10 Washington St., Oakland, CA
510-379-2652


We've Got Oakland Charm
Jack London Square alone can keep you occupied for days with its fine dining, cinema, nightlife and boutiques. Amble through the outdoor farmers’ market, rent a kayak or charter a boat. Beyond the square, there are museums and kid-friendly activities galore, including the Oakland Zoo, Fairyland and miles of hiking trails

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.

We're Close to San Francisco and the Natural Wonders Beyond
The city’s sights are just 20-minute ferry ride away and we offer a complimentary shuttle service to the BART train, which is just 10 blocks away. And if you’re considering a day trip to wine country or the redwoods, we’re five minutes from the Amtrak station and close to Interstates 80, 880, 580, 980 and Highway 24.
Comfortable, modern, and stylish, our rooms and suites offer balconies, fireplaces, and views of the San Francisco Bay. They’re the perfect place to begin your daily adventure.

Special Rates for The Town’s Half Marathon
King or Double/Double – $209
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.
Waterfront Hotel


Last day to make reservations is July 14, 2015



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SPONSORS

TEAMS & CLUBS

2016 Runner's Club

# Running Club Runners
1 Black Girls RUN! 53
2 LMJS 33
3 East Bay Front Runners and Walkers 5
5 San Francisco Dolphin South End Runners (DSE) 3
6 A Runners Mind 3
7 San Francisco Road Runners Club 3

AMBASSADORS

Town's Ambassadors

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:

  • 50% off registration if you get 5 people to sign up
  • Entry REFUND if you get 10 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!

To become a Town's Ambassador you must:

- Be Registered for the 2016 Town's Half & 24Life 5K event.
- Be passionate about the event
- Be a social superstar! Have strong communication skills to easily engage all types of people
- Be an "influencer" in your town, on social media platforms and within your local running/walking community

SELECT HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. All applications will be reviewed and those selected will be notified by April 29 and receive their dedicated code + their down digital tool kit.

Meet the Crew: Your 2016 Ambassadors


Patrick Edward Pangilinan
San Jose, CA

Erin Serrano
Hayward, CA

Aretha Hampton
Oakland, CA

2016 Town's Half Ambassador 2016 Town's Half Ambassador 2016 Town's Half Ambassador

Eric W. McClendon
San Francisco, CA

David Andrew Herzog
San Francisco, CA

Mariana Sierra
Oakland, CA

2016 Town's Half Ambassador 2016 Town's Half Ambassador 2016 Town's Half Ambassador

Kyrah Ayers
Hercules, CA

Marie Alojado
Vacaville, CA

2016 Town's Half Ambassador 2016 Town's Half Ambassador

VOLUNTEER

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 BRITA RunOak Expo & Packet Pickup, Start Line, Finish Line, and the Water Stations along the course.

To volunteer & be a part of our Race Crew, please contact us here.

SOCIAL

RunOAK Video: https://vimeo.com/136460057

Facebook: fb.com/runoakhalf

Instagram: instagram.com/thetownshalf/

RESULTS & PHOTOS

Age-Group & Overall Results
In our effort to award the top runners based on the final leaderboard, top 3 Males and Females will be awarded after race weekend. Awards winners will be contacted by August 17 and will receive a comp entry into the next Golden State Half Series event of their choice.

Event Photos by TR-IAG Photography

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