Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 

Marathon and Half Marathon Training Program

Official East Bay Training Program for the 2017 Oakland Running Festival Marathon and Half Marathon

Join the official East Bay training program for the 2017 Oakland Marathon and Half Marathon!

Train for your spring marathon or half marathon with LMJS!

Marathon Training Program: 18-week program; first group run is Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 am

Half Marathon Training Program: 12-week program; first group run is January 14, 2017 at 8:00 am. Half marathon trainees are encouraged to join Saturday runs beginning in December.

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank. A portion of proceeds from the training program will be donated to the Food Bank. 

Benefits of training include:

  • Saturday morning training runs at various locations in the East Bay

  • Speed workouts (optional)

  • Pace groups for most levels with experienced leaders

  • Detailed training schedules

  • Weekly training emails to inform and motivate you
  • Certified running coaches
  • Train with fellow runners who run at your pace

  • Preview the ORF marathon and half marathon course
  • Logo running cap

  • Hospitality tent on race day at the Oakland Running Festival

  • Discount on registration to Oakland Marathon or Half Marathon
  • Only $80 for LMJS members; $105 not including membership [you can join LMJS for only $20]
  Ready to run? Sign up now!
The fine print: Note that this is not a "couch to finish line" program.  We do expect our trainees to be running when the programs start. 
  • Marathon trainees should be running at least 15- 20 miles per week for a month before the program starts.
  • Half marathon trainees should be running at least 12 miles per week before mid-January.
  • Both programs start with runs of at least 6 miles for the first long run. Half marathon trainees are encouraged to start with the marathon trainees in December to build their training base.

    For questions, contact ORF Training Director Allegra Kim at
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