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Next LMJS Virtual Race: Sept. 25-27

Join us for the next installment of our monthly Virtual Races! You know you want to now that the air is finally clear and the temperatures have dropped. 

Registration is now open for the LMJS September Virtual 4th Sunday Race - 5K, 10K, 15K. Your distance, your choice! Come join the fun.

                           Third time's the charm! 

RESULTS are ready for the August Virtual Race. Nice work, all!

UPDATE:  Due to the poor air quality in the San Francisco Bay area, we are extending the ending date of this run to Sunday, August 30 so that you can select a safe and healthy day for your effort.

Registration is open for the LMJS August 4th Sunday Virtual 5k - 10k - 15k Race! We're also have our own LMJS Neck Gaiter to take to the streets! 

Register here for August: LMJS August Virtual 4th Sunday Race - 5K, 10K, 15K


We've kept registration on a sliding scale hoping we'll pay for the neck gaiters and then some to be able to donate to another Black organization this month!  We are so grateful for your support!  We represent EVERYONE who wants to run with us in Oakland and the greater Bay area community.   Through your efforts, we are donating $1250.00 to the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area for July! 

We're at it again: July 4SR Virtual 5k anyone?

 New Features: Sliding scale race fee to offer lower cost and an easy way to donate more to community partners

 The July recipient organization will be 100 Black Men of the Bay Area! Check here to see their Covid 19 relief effort and learn more about their Youth Movement Running Program! https://100blackmenba.org 

Swag included and mailed to finishers 

LMJS logo runners' face covering / neck gaiter!  

 Enjoy your walk/run race.

Stay safe everyone! 

Thanks to Everyone who ran our First Ever Virtual 4th Sunday!

Here's how things are looking at the Lake. If you have selfies from your run, we'd love to add them here. We had 137 registrants and 86 finishers! 

This message was shared through the e-bulletin, a monthly publication to members. 

Dear LMJS family and friends,

The violent deaths of African Americans George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have been horrifying. Our country needs systemic changes to ensure fairness for African Americans in all areas of life.

We condemn racism and support justice and equity for African Americans and all people of color. Our club, founded in 1977, has always welcomed anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, income, or running ability. But with the recent events and hard discussions happening around the country, we are now committing to working towards anti-racism and equity in our society and promoting greater inclusion of black runners and walkers in our club.

Following Ahmaud Arbery’s death, we’ve heard black runners share their stories of harassment and their fears for personal safety when going out for a run. Part of our charge, therefore, is to make running safer for all.

We will work with our parent affiliate Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), other running and fitness organizations, other community partners, and club members to develop concrete plans for change. If you are interested in helping with this effort, or would like to share your ideas, please respond to this email or contact a board member.

LMJS Board of Directors


Congratulations to club members: Juliann Sum, Susan Colborn and Len Goldman for receiving the  LMJS Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2019, the RRCA Volunteer Award for contributions to the running community and the LMJS John Momper Award, our highest honor, respectively. We're thankful for all their many contributions to the LMJS Running Club and the running community at large.   

Coronavirus Announcement

Dear Club Members and Visitors to the LMJS website,

Due to the recent orders related to the coronavirus epidemic issued by various government and health agencies, we have decided to cancel or postpone all of our group events through the end of June. All those who preregistered for events that have not already started will receive a refund via PayPal for their fees. 

We urge everyone to follow the recommended guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus by avoiding unnecessary group gatherings and practicing “social distancing” while interacting with others.

At the end of June, we will reassess the situation and decide when it is safe to reopen group events. Thank you for your understanding and please follow governmental medical advice and stay healthy!

Best Regards,

LMJS Board & Volunteers

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LMJS Community Service

As part of our community service, LMJS supports our local food banks and other organizations that align with the LMJS mission through monetary donations, generated by our races and training programs.  Especially during this time of the Covid pandemic, we see the continued need to support the food banks in our communities. Proceeds from our Lake Merritt Relay race, in February, was donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  

On June 27-28, we offered our first Virtual Fourth Sunday Race   We are happy to announce that we were able to make a $2000 donation to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano matching our previous donation to the Alameda County Food Bank in February. 

We will continue to donate to Black organizations in the Bay Area with the proceeds from our future Virtual races, such as 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Black Girls Run. If you know of an organization and have a personal contact at other organizations, please contact Jeanine

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