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The 2021 LMJS marathon and half marathon virtual training program was a success! Join us next year to stay motivated with us! The 16-week training program typically runs from late November through March, and will get you ready for the Oakland Running Festival or another spring race -- virtual or live. Whether training for your first half marathon or your tenth marathon, we’ll help you go the distance and support your goals. The program includes a supportive community, online training platform, weekly training run schedule, suggested running routes, pace groups, and training shirt. Next program starts November 2021; tbd if in-person or virtual. Please check back for registration information. Happy running!

* Group photos without masks were taken pre-pandemic. 

Marathon Training Program

  • 16-18 weeks
  • Begins November 2021

Half Marathon Training Program

  • 12 weeks
  • Begins late December 2021
  • Half trainees are encouraged to join program with marathon trainees late November for more fun and fitness.


  • Continuous camaraderie, including pace group weekly coaching online and training tips
  • An online training platform to plan, record, and analyze your runs and other workouts. The LMJS training plans can easily be added to your workout calendar with alerts of upcoming workouts sent to you via text or email. Completed runs sync via Garmin or Strava so you can analyze your workout.  
  • Beginner and advanced levels. 
  • Run routes/maps for varying distances, by location
  • Virtual events with guest speakers on running-related topics
  • Track workout options, based on pace group leader/locations
  • And possibly the opportunity to gather in small pods for safe, distanced runs on occasion (while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines)
  • You'll make new running friends, and learn from others' experiences 

*** This is not a "couch to finish line" program. It's expected trainees will be running when the programs begin. ***
Marathon trainees should be running at least 20 miles per week before the program begins. Half marathon trainees should be running at least 12 miles per week before the program begins. Both programs begin with long runs of over 6 miles.

    Questions? Email us at ORFtrainingdirectors@gmail.com

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