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LAKE MERRITT JOGGERS AND STRIDERS 

Serving The East Bay's Running Community Since 1977

We're a volunteer-based, nonprofit running club that loves to have fun. We support our diverse running community through training, races, social engagement, and outreach. We foster camaraderie, collaboration, and empowerment within the club and the community.

Whether you're a seasoned marathoner or just starting out, we have a place for you at LMJS. We host regular social runs, trail runs, and training programs for all levels of runners. We also have a race team that is registered with the US Track and Field association.

But LMJS is more than just a running club. We're a community. We love to get together and socialize after runs, and we're always looking for new ways to give back to the community.

So if you're looking for a friendly and fun running club, LMJS is the place for you! Come join us for a run today!

Want to find your race times? See Race Results

Upcoming Races

  • 24 Mar 2024 8:45 AM
    Come join us IN PERSON at Lake Merritt for one of the East Bay's favorite races!
  • 28 Apr 2024 8:45 AM
    Come join us IN PERSON at Lake Merritt for one of the East Bay's favorite races!

Upcoming events

    • 08 Jan 2023
    • 29 Dec 2024
    • 104 sessions
    • varies
    Register

    Welcome to the LMJS Sunday Fun Trail Runs!

    We are so excited to be able to run together again.

    Please register here to receive weekly emails with the locations for the Sunday Fun Trail Runs.

    Covid Protocols:  We ask that all participants be vaccinated to keep our group as safe as possible. Come wearing a mask to check in. While running, it will be your personal preference to run with or without your mask. If you are not feeling well or have any covid symptoms, please refrain from coming.  We will be following the applicable county Health Guidelines on the date of our run. 

    • 06 Sep 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 11:30 AM
    • Location varies
    Register


    The LMJS Marathon & Half Training Program — the official training program for the Oakland Running Festival — will get you ready for the March 2024 marathon or half marathon with our 18-week plan. Since 2010, we've helped more than 1,000 runners of all levels prepare for our hometown celebration of running, as well as other spring races. Whether you're training for your first or your fifteenth half or full marathon, we'll help you fulfill your goals and keep motivated. Come run with us! 

    Marathon training program:
    Begins Monday, November 13, 2023
    F
    irst group run on Saturday, November 18, 2023
    To be best ready to go, participants are highly encouraged to be running at least 20 miles/week in November before starting the program.

    Half marathon training program:
    Begins Monday, December 25, 2023.
    Or join us in November/December for more training fun. 
    First group run on Saturday, December 30, 2023
    To be best ready to go, participants are highly encouraged to be running at least 12 miles/week before beginning training in late December.

    To register, click on the button at the bottom left. As a volunteer-run club, LMJS strives to keep registration fees at a level that balances covering the program costs and keeping the program accessible to all runners. If financial circumstances exist that may limit a runner's participation, please contact us. 

    Once you register, you will receive registration confirmation by email. If you do not receive the confirmation, please email ORFtrainingdirectors@gmail.com. 

    • 11 Nov 2023
    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 25 sessions
    • varies
    Register

    Welcome to the LMJS Saturday Social Runs!

    We are so excited to be able to run together again.

    Please register here at the bottom of the column on the left to receive weekly emails with the locations for the Saturday Social Runs.

    Covid Protocols:  We ask that all participants be vaccinated to keep our group as safe as possible. Come wearing a mask to check in if wanted. While running, it will be your personal preference to run with or without your mask. If you are not feeling well or have any covid symptoms, please refrain from coming.  We will be following the applicable county Health Guidelines on the date of our run. 

    • 02 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 490 43rd Street Oakland, CA 94609
    • 35
    Register


    SATURDAY - MARCH 2ND 2024

    from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    at Temescal Works in Oakland

    490 43rd Street Oakland, CA 94609


    Let's celebrate our club membership and acknowledge some essential contributions made by our members last year! We will spend the evening at Temescal Works this time, and members are invited to attend alone or with a guest (member or non-member). 

    The plan for the evening includes recognizing some well-deserving volunteers, socializing, making new friends, catching up with each other, playing fun games, and doing some singing/dancing. You must register online to help us organize and plan for setup. Online reservations will be open until we reach maximum capacity (100 people) or until Thursday, Feb. 29th, at midnight.

    During the evening, it is our club’s custom to award volunteers who have given more time and energy to the club and community in the past year, 2023. Please use this online form to nominate a member ASAP. https://forms.gle/7djZLJfNX12ysxcC7(sorry, submission closed on 2/16)

    The registration includes:

    • The main course, sides, and vegetarian options will include popular Korean cuisine.

    • Wine/beer/soda beverages

    Knowing how many busy bakers we have in the club, desserts will be potluck style! Contact Marty via email: martybeene@comcast.net if you'd like to make and bring something.

    If the event cost may prevent you from attending, please email our social director, Marty Beene, with any questions or feedback you may have.

    We are grateful to all our members, volunteers, and community supporters who work together to make LMJS a great club after 47 years, and with a bright future ahead! We look forward to seeing you on this special occasion.

    Best regards,

    LMJS Board

     



    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Apr 2024
    • 7:30 PM
    • Clark Kerr Track (Top of Dwight Way, Berkeley)
    Register

    2024 LMJS Spring Track Class 

    Let's pick up the slack and get back on track! Don't miss out this Spring! 

    Anyone can become an LMJS club member and enjoy the benefit of paying less for training programs. Join the club before registering here! LMJS.org

    Tuesdays:

    March 19, 2024 - April 23, 2024 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. 

    Location:

    Clark Kerr track is located at the top of Dwight way.  There are no restrooms at this site. You can also park on the opposite site of the track off of Claremont Ave on Stonewall Rd and walk a short trail to the track. 

    Fee:
    $60 - LMJS Members

    $70 - Non-Members

    *If you are experiencing an extreme finance hardship, please reach out to the instructor. 

    Join the LMJS Running Club and take advantage of the great savings for our programs and races, as well as member discounts on other events and races.  Stay up-to-date and connected to the Oakland running community! LMJS Club membership is on a sliding scale. 

    Description

    This class is recommended for runners who have been running for at least 6 months and want to improve their running.  In each session, we will do dynamic warm-up drills, a workout and stretching.  What's unique about the class? Our class numbers allow for pace groups and regular training pace partners! 

    The emphasis for this class will be on learning to run faster by improving form and running economy - both critical aspects of racing. In each class, you will participate in a track workout designed to work on these elements, with a brief discussion of how these fit into a training program.

    Contact: Coach Jeanine Holmlund if you have any questions. Jeanine is a certified USATF Level 2 endurance and sprint coach and also has an RRCA Level 2 coaching certificate. She enjoys working with all abilities and age groups.

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