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!
For the safety of all participants and smooth operations of course closures, runners must start the Half Marathon on time at 7:00am ( and 5k runners at 7:15 promptly). The race features a mass start, and the start line will be open for 5 minutes following the starting horn. Late runners will not be accommodated and may face disqualification or removal from the course. Please arrive early, take care of any needs you have in the festival area, and start the race promptly at your start time!
Beer at Finish
Are you looking forward to an ice cold brew at the finish line? How about 2? Our Official Beer Sponsor, Sierra Nevada, will be ready and waiting to quench your thirst. On tap will be Sierra Nevada's classic Pale Ale, Hop Hunter IPA, Nooner Pilsner, and new Gold Award-winning Otra Vez (Gose Style Ale). Be sure to have your I.D.'s handy!