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Join the LMJS Marathon & Half Training Program, the official training program for the Oakland Running Festival since the race began in 2010. We'll get you ready for the March 2024 race, or any spring race of your choosing. We've trained more than 1,000 runners of all levels — from first-timers to experienced runners — and helped them meet their personal goals and cross the finish line. Learn from experienced coaches and pacers, get training tips, and enjoy the long runs with others at your pace! Register now.

Marathon Training Program

  • 18 weeks
  • Begins week of November 13, 2023

Half Marathon Training Program

  • 12 weeks
  • Begins week of December 25, 2023
  • Optional: Half trainees are encouraged to join earlier in November/December for more fun and fitness

Program includes:

  • Online training program to plan, record, and analyze your runs 
  • Saturday group runs at various locations; majority in the East Bay
  • Pace groups from 7:30 minute/mile to 13+ minute/mile
  • Experienced pacers and RRCA-certified running coaches
  • Detailed weekly training schedule, with beginner and advanced levels 
  • Supportive and social community, in person and online
  • Training and fueling tips 
  • Guest speakers on running-related topics
  • Weekly track/speed workout 
  • Oakland Running Festival registration discount 
  • Discounts from local running stores

Note: This is not a "couch to finish line" program. Both marathon and half marathon programs begin with long runs of 6+ miles. To get the most out of the program, we highly recommend marathon trainees already be running 20 miles per week when the program begins and half marathon trainees at least 12 miles per week.

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