With a population of more than 400,000 people, the eighth most populous city in California is home to boutiques and restored Victorian architecture. Oakland is located east of San Francisco along with Berkeley, Alameda, and Richmond and is popularly referred to as the East Bay. Given its proximity to downtown San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the East Bay and Oakland Running Club offer a variety of options to runners who are planning an Oakland half marathon or Oakland 5k or Oakland 10k run. One of the best options available is Race the USA Virtual 5k Run Series. Whether you are looking for waterside, residential or hilly running trails Oakland has got you covered with ample trail opportunities! Let’s have a look at some of the major trails!
Trail Bay Mania
Being located along the Bay comes with many perks. One of the major trails in the 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail which includes sections consisting of the East Bay. It starts with a 12-mile section from Emeryville to Richmond that traverses water views and parks followed by loops at Berkeley Point. There’s also a nice 6-mile section between Point Isabel and Richmond for those interested in alternate routes. For those looking to try new non-traditional trails, the Bay Bridge trail is a recent 4-mile path construction that accommodates pedestrians and cyclists with separate paths and of course, comes with all the views the Bay Bridge has to offer. If you are planning an Oakland 10k run starting in Oakland, then you can access this trail through 210 Burma Road. This path also connects Emeryville with Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco. Other new paths near Oakland include the Redwood regional Park offering trails shaded by 150 ft. high redwoods and has grasslands and evergreens. Remember that the East Bay is well connected by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), so you can go further out and try the Tilden Park East of Berkeley or enjoy the loops of Bay Farm Island in Alameda as well!
For those with a fire for competition and wanting to run an Oakland marathon, these trails and others are also part of the Race the USA Virtual 5k Series as well. Not just they satisfy your hunger for running, but you can also register if you are planning a fun run with your kids and family. With a chance to represent your city and win a medal, you can run the Race the Series which includes a 5k option. Whether you are a seasoned veteran to running that completes 10k races and half marathons, Race the USA Virtual 5k Series offers a unique opportunity. The run raise funds to put in charity for Feed the Children organization which works for urgent physical needs of children by providing them food, and ensures safe proper healthcare and education.
Apart from Race the USA series, the Oakland Triathlon club also organizes West Coast Urban Triathlon & attracts athletes from all over the world. Other options are the local Oakland town half marathon and the Oakland running festival, a popular bay area runner’s delight!