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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

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    • 05 May 2024
    • 25 Aug 2024
    • 17 sessions
    • varies
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    Welcome to the LMJS Sunday Trail Runs!

    Don't miss out on the weekly updates for the Sunday Trail Runs! Register here to receive timely emails with the locations. Remember, the deadline for receiving the weekly group email message is Thursday at noon.  Available most Sundays, 4th Sunday dates and Special races cancel.


    • 09 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 8:00 PM
    • Location will vary- mainly Woodmonster race course leaving from Skyline Gate and Redwood Park
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    Intermediate Trail: Be able to run 5 hilly miles comfortably

    When: Thursday nights starting May 9 to June 13 for 6 sessions just in time to train for the Woodmonster Race. We'll mostly be running the course trails. 

    Where: We'll be gathering mostly from Skyline Gate and Redwood Parks. 

    What: We are happy to offer this 6 week opportunity to train with others in the beautiful setting of the East Bay Parks.  We'll be regularly doing runs and repeats to get us ready for racing the Woodmonster Course! 

    Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Cost: $60 Members, $70 Non-Members

    Instructor: LMJS Board Member Training Director, Jeanine Bourcier Holmlund, RRCA and USATF Endurance certified Lev 2, Hayward High School cross-country coach. Jeanine first organized the LMJS trail training programs in 2011.  

    • 11 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10 Nov 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Various
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    • 11 May 2024
    • 31 Aug 2024
    • 17 sessions
    • varies
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    Welcome to the LMJS Saturday Social Runs!

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

    Don't miss out on the weekly updates for the Saturday Social Runs! Register here to receive timely emails with the locations. Remember, the deadline for receiving this week's group email message is Wednesday evening. Registered later? Please email runducksrun@gmail.com for the upcoming run deets.

    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. 

    • 26 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Inspiration Point in Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA
    • 68
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    Sunday, May 26th, 2024

    36th ANNUAL TILDEN TOUGH TEN

    2024 Road Runners Club of America 10-Mile State Championship 


    RACE INFO: Join us for the 36th annual Tilden Tough Ten.  Sign up early, the race is limited to 200 runners.  Race takes place rain or shine and there are no refunds.

    The race begins and ends at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park (see below for directions) and starts promptly at 8:00 am. Please arrive early so that you may find parking, pick up your bibs, use restrooms facilities, and otherwise prepare yourself for the race before the start.

    EARLY BIRD pricing good through March 31st. Sign up soon for the best rates!

    RACE SWAG: Short sleeve finishers t-shirt in high quality technical fabric (special Sub 60, 70 and 80 versions), custom designed Barkie another goodies.


    AWARDS:

    Overall top 3 finishers, male and female


    Top 3 finishers in 10-year age divisions, male and female:

    Division A – 0 to 19

    Division B – 20 to 29

    Division C – 30 to 39

    Division D – 40 to 49

    Division E – 50 to 59

    Division F – 60 to 69 

    Division G – 70+

    QUESTIONS: Our Race Director can be reached at dave_nicely@mac.com

    BENEFITING PARKS: A donation will be made by LMJS to the East Bay Regional Parks District on behalf of the runners in appreciation for the District hosting the race.

    SPONSORS: Many thanks to our generous 2023 sponsors:



    Directions to Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Wildcat Canyon Rd, Orinda

    From North Berkeley/El Cerrito, go east on Marin Avenue to the Arlington Circle, then continue steeply uphill on Marin to the stop sign at Spruce. Turn left and go a mile to the intersection with Grizzly Peak Blvd. From Spruce/Grizzly Peak, head onto Wildcat Canyon
    Road.  Follow Wildcat Canyon Road around to Inspiration Point parking lot which will be on your left.

    From South Berkeley/Oakland, go to downtown Berkeley and head north on Shattuck. Turn right at the light at Cedar, about a mile from University, and left at the stop sign onto Spruce. Go two miles up the hill to Grizzly Peak Blvd. From Spruce/Grizzly Peak, head onto Wildcat Canyon Road. Follow Wildcat Canyon Road around to Inspiration Point parking lot which will be on your left.

    CLOSED: Or, Take the Orinda exit from highway 24. Proceed north towards Orinda Village for about two miles on Camino Pablo. Turn left at the traffic light for Wildcat Canyon Road. Continue about two miles to the Inspiration Point parking lot on the right side of the road.

    A link to a map--you may want to print it for help with directions:
    https://www.ebparks.org/sites/default/files/tilden_map.pdf


    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:59 PM
    • Chabot Space and Science Center, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA
    • 195
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    The Woodmonster Trail Race

    The race starts and finishes at the Chabot Space & Sciences Center, Oakland. This beautiful and challenging course is 10 miles, with plenty of hills and single track trails! The infamous Woodmonster climb is a given of course. This is a handicapped race. 

    Our new start is at Chabot Space & Center Chabot Space & Science Center The East Bay Regional  Parks no longer allows races to start from Canyon Meadow. The good news is we can open to 250 runners and welcome back our team competition.

    If you cannot race, please consider volunteering. We will need help marking the course, pre-running, checking-in, monitoring the course, and sweeping the course. 

    We'll be starting a Trail Training Program on May 9 to get you ready to race! Register here: 2024 Trail Training

    RACE DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2024, 8:30 a.m.
    LOCATION: Chabot Space & Sciences Center,

    10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

    COURSE MAP & DESCRIPTION:  Start at Chabot Space & Sciences Center-West Ridge-Skyline gate Aid station- East Ridge-Down Prince-Right up Stream-Tres Sendas- Star Flower-French-Madrone- Right on West Ridge to the Bowl: Aid station -Turn around on West Ridge- Down Chown-Left up Stream to Skyline Gate ( Aid station) - West Ridge - Finish at Chabot Space & Sciences Center

    Woodmonster 10 mile

    RACE FEES: 

    Regular pricing through June 14

    LMJS Members: $45

    Non-Members: $55

    High School and College Students: $25

    Race Day pricing (if not sold out)

    LMJS Members: $55

    Non-Members: $65

    RACE DAY REGISTRATION: Opens at 7:30 a.m.

    BIB PICKUP: Begins at 7:30 a.m. at the start

    RACE START TIMES : Between 8:30-9:06 a.m.

    PARKING: Parking Free at Chabot Space & Sciences Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

    Entry fee includes short sleeve finishers t-shirt in high quality technical fabric. Every effort will be made to accommodate your size but we ask for your understanding if we do not have your first choice.

    Questions? Please contact Race Director Christine Chapon at woodmonsterxc@gmail.com

    POST-RACE:

    Post-race snacks will be provided at the finish of the race to all registered runners.

    WATER STATIONS

    Skyline Gate at Mile 1.5 and Mile 8.5

    Redwood Bowl at Mile 4.6

    TEAM COMPETITION:

    The team with the most finishers will be recognized and awarded 4 comped entries for Woodmonster 2025.

    WOODMONSTER HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE:

    The Woodmonster is one of the toughest climbs in the East Bay. It is difficult, it is steep, it is glorious. To spice up the already zesty Woodmonster race, this is a fun premium to the fastest men’s and women’s times up the 0.8 mile Transports Woodmonster Climb. Even if you finish 250th  overall, you can still win by getting yourself up the hill faster than everyone else. Click for more info: Woodmonster Hill Climb Info

    AWARDS: Many thanks to our generous sponsor Transports who for years has given out many gift cards. 

    • Top finishers to cross the finish line will receive a Woodmonster pint glass

    EARLY START:

    Early start is available to those participants needing more than 2.5 hours to complete the course. You must e-mail race directors in order to take advantage of early start. Runners choosing to start early will not be eligible for awards.

    Email the race directors at: woodmonsterxc@gmail.com

    ************* 2023 RACE Photos *************

    West Ridge- Dom Philippine

    Finish- Slow Mo- Shiran Kochavi 

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