Oakland Running Festival

2012 Oakland Running Festival

"There's nothing like going to bed listening to the rain that you'll be running 13.1 miles in tomorrow."

Those were my thoughts before going to bed the night before the Oakland Running Festival (ORF). The Bay Area had been drenched with rain that day and it was also forecasted for race morning. But as awful as the conditions were predicted to be, I had no intention of skipping it.

Oakland Running Festival 2011

I volunteered at last year’s first annual Oakland Running Festival. It was my first time volunteering at a race, as well as the first time I got to see winners cross the Finish Line. As I handed out mylar blankets at the Finish Line, I heard runner after runner yell,“I hella heart Oakland!” in reference to the amazing crowd support provided by the residents of Oakland. I wanted to experience that for myself making it a “must-do” race for me this year.