Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 

Marathon & Half Marathon Training

LMJS Program for the 2016 Oakland Running Festival

Join the official East Bay training program for the 2016 Oakland Running Festival!

Train for your spring marathon or half marathon with LMJS!

Sign up now for a chance to win one of two free entries to the Oakland Marathon or Half Marathon! (expires 11/14/15)

Marathon Training Program: 18-week program; first group run is Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 am.

Half Marathon Training Program: 12-week program; first group run is January 2, 2016 at 8:00 am. Half marathon trainees are welcome to join Saturday runs beginning November 21.

Benefits include:

  • Saturday morning training runs at various locations in the East Bay (and one in SF for marathoners)

  • Pace groups for most levels with experienced pacers

  • Weekly emails to inform and motivate you
  • Certified running coaches
  • Train with fellow runners who run at your pace

  • Preview the ORF marathon and half marathon course 

  • Logo training shirt (sign up before November 14 to ensure correct size)
  • A hospitality tent on race day at the Oakland Running Festival

  • Discount on registration to Oakland Marathon or Half Marathon
  • Only $80 for LMJS members; $105 not including membership [you can join LMJS for only $20]
  Ready to run? Sign up now!

    The fine print: Note that this is not a "couch to finish line" program.  We do expect our trainees to be running when the programs start. 
    • Marathon trainees should be running at least 20 miles a week by the beginning of the program.
    • Half marathon trainees should be running at least 12 miles a week before January.
    • Both programs start with runs of at least 6 miles for the first long run. Half marathon trainees who are still building their mileage are encouraged to start with the marathon trainees in November to build their training base.
    Contacts: For questions, please contact ORF Training Director Allegra Kim at
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