Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 

Training groups you can join

A common question from runners is: "What kind of training runs does your club have?" The following is a list of training groups offered by LMJS members and other club in the East Bay to help runners find groups to run with. Please contact the individual indicated for each training group if you have questions about their runs.
LMJS Weekly Training Runs

Saturday Morning Training Runs

All runners are welcome to join LMJS for our Saturday morning training runs at venues throughout the East Bay. There will be several options offered in terms of distance, from just a few miles for beginners or double-digit for those training for a marathon. See our training schedule for more details. Please contact Karen Andrews at if you have any questions about these fun runs!

LMJS Track Training -- all are welcome
Frequency: Once a week
Day and Time: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Distance: Track workout, 2-3 miles of intervals
Location: varies--please email for current info


NEW:   LMJS Thursday Night Training Run -- all are welcome
Frequency: Once a week (except 12/18/14 & holidays)
Day and Time: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. but folks can arrive anytime
Distance: 3, 5, 7 miles, your choice!
Locations: MLK Jr. Middle School, Hopkins St, Berkeley (winter); End of Powell St., Emeryville

Tuesday runs at Lake Merritt 
Frequency: Once a week
Day and Time: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. (except holidays)
Location: Bellevue Ave near Sailboat House
Note: Headlamps encouraged

Lake Merritt 
Frequency: Three times a week, Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Day and Time: Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5K
Location: Lake Merritt, meet at the "pillars", East end of the Lake
Contact: Cyrus Poitier:


Frequency: Once a week
Day and Time: Thursday, 7:00 a.m.
Distance: Track workout, 2-3 miles of intervals or tempo run
Location: Piedmont High track

Other Training Groups

US Coast Guard - Speed work
Frequency: Weekly
Day and Time: Tuesday at 1800 (6:00PM) 
Distance: Varies, typically 5-7 miles with warmup and cooldown included
Location: Varies, Piedmont Track (Witter Field) and Middle Harbor Park in Oakland.
Notes: Check website for next workout information, we often seek new places to workout. Mile Repeats in Middle Harbor Park, shorter and faster at the Track. Workouts are designed to take about an hour and are open to all, just show up.
Contact: Visit

Mike Palmer
Frequency: Several times during the week and both days of the weekend.
Day and Time: Weekdays in the evening and weekends in the morning.
Distance: 5 miles and up
Location: Weekdays meet in Berkeley, weekends it could range from Mt. Tam in Marin to the East Bay park trails to Mt. Diablo State Park.
Contact: Mike Palmer at:
Comment: If you are interested in longer runs this is the group for you.

Piedmont Fartleks
Frequency: Twice a week
Day and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.
Distance: Tuesdays are a training run of 5-6 miles, Thursdays a track workout
Location: Tuesdays meet in front of the Wells Fargo Bank on Highland Ave. in Piedmont Thursdays meet at the Piedmont High Track
Contact: None

East Bay Front Runners
Day and Time: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Distance: Varies, but averages 5-6 miles at a comfortable pace
Location: Different sites in the East Bay including Lake Merritt, Alameda, Berkeley, etc.
Contact: or

Road Runner Sports in Concord
Varies. Check out Meetup group at

Fleet Feet Sports in Pleasanton
Frequency: Weekly
Day and Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
Distance: varies, see website for more details
Location: Runs start in front of the store located at 45-B Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill.
Contact: 925-827-4772 or see for more details.

Fleet Feet Sports in Pleasant Hill
Frequency: Weekly
Day and Time: Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. See website for more details.
Distance: Varies
Location: Runs start in front of the store located at 310C Main Street in Pleasanton.
Contact: 925-426-5576 or see
for more details

TranSports Running Store in Oakland
Frequency: Weekly
Day and Time: Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.
Distance: 5-8 miles
Location: Trail run at various locations in the East Bay during the Spring, Summer and Fall.
You must sign up with the store in order to participate.
Contact: Richie at (510) 655-4809 for more information.

Sports Basement - Walnut Creek
Frequency: Weekly
Day and Time: Mondays @ 6:30 p.m.
Distance: 2-10 miles
Location: Run from the store, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, along the Canal Trail or Iron Horse Trail and back to the store.
Contact: See for more details

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