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Oakland Running Festival

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Oakland Running Festival, More than 8,500 people will run through Oakland streets on Sunday and along the way they’ll see some of the city’s iconic landmarks — Lake Merritt, the Tribune Tower, the Mormon Temple and the city’s bustling Chinatown.

But the third annual Oakland Running Festival will also give athletes and spectators a chance to see some unique things and hear some unique folks who only come to Oakland once a year — for the Oakland Running Festival.

“There will be 19 bands, 14 cheering spots and 16 (staffed) water stops and the Crucible’s fire arch, where runners can get a sticker that says ‘I ran through fire,’” said Race Director Gene Brtalik. “That is one of the highlights for the runners.”

In addition to a full 26.2-mile marathon that winds its way through nearly every district in Oakland, there will be a half marathon (13.1 miles), a 5K race, a four-person relay and a kids fun run, which Corrigan Sports Enterprises founder Lee Corrigan will lead.

“It looks like a jail break. You gotta see it,” he said, laughing during a morning news conference Thursday.

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