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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

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

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    • 05 May 2024
    • 25 Aug 2024
    • 17 sessions
    • varies
    Register

    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.


    • 11 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10 Nov 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Various
    Register


    • 11 May 2024
    • 31 Aug 2024
    • 17 sessions
    • varies
    Register

    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. 

    • 23 Jun 2024
    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • 568 Bellevue Ave. (Adams Point - Lake Merritt - Grassy Meadow before Sailboat House)
    • 16
    Register



    BEGINNER RUNNING CLASS

    LMJS offers a beginner running class to help individuals prepare for a 5K (3.1 miles). The program is designed for those new to running or who want to improve their endurance in the 3-5 mile distance. 

    The training sessions, designed to fit into your busy schedule, will start on Sunday, June 23. We will meet in person on five consecutive Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the picturesque Lake Merritt in Oakland. The program's goal race is the fully supported, timed LMJS Fourth Sunday Races at Lake Merritt on July 28(registration not included).

    Each class is a supportive and engaging environment, covering essential topics such as form, safety, injury prevention, and other basic running skills. We provide a comprehensive training schedule and an abundance of encouragement. Our coach will also share plenty of online documents and resources to keep you engaged during and after the class, ensuring a rewarding and enjoyable training class.

    This training fits best for anyone who wants to work up to a 5K and those who wish to restart running again. Registration is required for this program, with a minimum enrollment of 15 and capped at 40 to get the most fun, benefits, and camaraderie.

    The cost is $25 for members (only $5 a class, but the benefits are priceless) and $30 for non-members. Join a great club and save money on registration, so become a member before registering. You'll receive more discounts on future training/programs and stay connected to a diverse, welcoming, and fun club.

    Feel free to contact the coach, Edmundo Vitocruz, at vitocruz@aol.com with any questions or to request a fee-assistance registration code. He is a certified running coach under the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

    LMJS is a non-profit, member of RRCA, and an all-volunteer organization that supports and gives back to many local adult/youth running/training programs by sharing our experiences/knowledge of running and donations.

    Meeting Location: Adams Point, Lake Merritt, 568 Bellevue Ave (Grassy Meadow just before you reach the Sailboat House)



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