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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

Upcoming events

    • 08 Jan 2023
    • 29 Dec 2024
    • 104 sessions
    • varies
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    Welcome to the LMJS Sunday Fun Trail Runs!

    We are so excited to be able to run together again.

    Please register here to receive weekly emails with the locations for the Sunday Fun Trail Runs.

    Covid Protocols:  We ask that all participants be vaccinated to keep our group as safe as possible. Come wearing a mask to check in. 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. 

    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 01 Jun 2024
    • 17 sessions
    • varies
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    Welcome to the LMJS Saturday Social Runs!

    We are so excited to be able to run together again.

    Please register here at the bottom of the column on the left to receive weekly emails with the locations for the Saturday Social Runs.

    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. 

    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Apr 2024
    • 7:30 PM
    • Clark Kerr Track (Top of Dwight Way, Berkeley)
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    2024 LMJS Spring Track Class 

    Let's pick up the slack and get back on track! Don't miss out this Spring! 

    Anyone can become an LMJS club member and enjoy the benefit of paying less for training programs. Join the club before registering here! LMJS.org

    Tuesdays:

    March 19, 2024 - April 23, 2024 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. 

    Location:

    Clark Kerr track is located at the top of Dwight way.  There are no restrooms at this site. You can also park on the opposite site of the track off of Claremont Ave on Stonewall Rd and walk a short trail to the track. 

    Fee:

    $60 - LMJS Members

    $70 - Non-Members

    *If you are experiencing an extreme finance hardship, please reach out to the instructor. 

    Join the LMJS Running Club and take advantage of the great savings for our programs and races, as well as member discounts on other events and races.  Stay up-to-date and connected to the Oakland running community! LMJS Club membership is on a sliding scale. 

     Description

    This class is recommended for runners who have been running for at least 6 months and want to improve their running.  In each session, we will do dynamic warm-up drills, a workout and stretching.  What's unique about the class? Our class numbers allow for pace groups and regular training pace partners! 

    The emphasis for this class will be on learning to run faster by improving form and running economy - both critical aspects of racing. In each class, you will participate in a track workout designed to work on these elements, with a brief discussion of how these fit into a training program.

    Contact:  Coach Jeanine Holmlund if you have any questions. Jeanine is a certified USATF Level 2 endurance and sprint coach and also has an RRCA Level 2 coaching certificate. She enjoys working with all abilities and age groups.

    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 21 Apr 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Bellevue Ave and Grand Ave(next to Children's Fairyland)



    BEGINNER RUNNING CLASS

    LMJS is offering a beginner running class to help individuals prepare for a 5K. The program is designed for those new to running, or want to improve their endurance in the 3-5 mile distance. 

    The training sessions will begin on Sunday, March 24, and meet in person on five consecutive Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:30 a.m. We will run at beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland, meeting at the area between Bellevue Ave and Grand Ave, across from Children's Fairyland. The program will culminate with a fully supported, timed LMJS Fourth Sunday Races at Lake Merritt on April 28, separate registration required.

    Each class will cover essential topics such as form, safety, injury prevention, and other basic running skills. We will provide training schedules, maps, and lots of encouragement. Additionally, we will provide plenty of shared online documents and resources to keep you engaged during and after the class.

    This training fits best for anyone who wants to work up to a 5K and those who want to restart running again. Registration is required for this program, with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 to get the most fun, benefits, and camaraderie.

    Cost is $25 Members and $30 Non-Members. Join a great club and save money on registration so become a member before registering and 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 for any questions or to request fee-assistance registration code. He is a certified running coach under the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

    About LMJS - we are 100% volunteer supported club and registration fees goes back to many local adult/youth activity programs in the community through grants and donations. 

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Nov 2024
    • Various
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    • 26 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Inspiration Point in Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA
    • 105
    Register


    Sunday, May 26th, 2024

    36th ANNUAL TILDEN TOUGH TEN

    2024 Road Runners Club of America 10-Mile State Championship 


    RACE INFO: Join us for the 36th annual Tilden Tough Ten.  Sign up early, the race is limited to 200 runners.  Race takes place rain or shine and there are no refunds.

    The race begins and ends at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park (see below for directions) and starts promptly at 8:00 am. Please arrive early so that you may find parking, pick up your bibs, use restrooms facilities, and otherwise prepare yourself for the race before the start.

    EARLY BIRD pricing good through March 31st. Sign up soon for the best rates!

    RACE SWAG: Short sleeve finishers t-shirt in high quality technical fabric (special Sub 60, 70 and 80 versions), custom designed Barkie another goodies.


    AWARDS:

    Overall top 3 finishers, male and female


    Top 3 finishers in 10-year age divisions, male and female:

    Division A – 0 to 19

    Division B – 20 to 29

    Division C – 30 to 39

    Division D – 40 to 49

    Division E – 50 to 59

    Division F – 60 to 69 

    Division G – 70+

    QUESTIONS: Our Race Director can be reached at dave_nicely@mac.com

    BENEFITING PARKS: A donation will be made by LMJS to the East Bay Regional Parks District on behalf of the runners in appreciation for the District hosting the race.

    SPONSORS: Many thanks to our generous 2023 sponsors:



    Directions to Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Wildcat Canyon Rd, Orinda

    From North Berkeley/El Cerrito, go east on Marin Avenue to the Arlington Circle, then continue steeply uphill on Marin to the stop sign at Spruce. Turn left and go a mile to the intersection with Grizzly Peak Blvd. From Spruce/Grizzly Peak, head onto Wildcat Canyon
    Road.  Follow Wildcat Canyon Road around to Inspiration Point parking lot which will be on your left.

    From South Berkeley/Oakland, go to downtown Berkeley and head north on Shattuck. Turn right at the light at Cedar, about a mile from University, and left at the stop sign onto Spruce. Go two miles up the hill to Grizzly Peak Blvd. From Spruce/Grizzly Peak, head onto Wildcat Canyon Road. Follow Wildcat Canyon Road around to Inspiration Point parking lot which will be on your left.

    CLOSED: Or, Take the Orinda exit from highway 24. Proceed north towards Orinda Village for about two miles on Camino Pablo. Turn left at the traffic light for Wildcat Canyon Road. Continue about two miles to the Inspiration Point parking lot on the right side of the road.

    A link to a map--you may want to print it for help with directions:
    https://www.ebparks.org/sites/default/files/tilden_map.pdf


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