Returning on October 24th for its 5th Year!
- Date: 10/24/2015 7:30 AM
- Location: Downtown Redwood City
750 Bradford Street
Redwood City, California 94063
7:30 am – 1/2 marathon
7:45 am– 5K
For the 5th year in a row, runners taking on OktobeRun Half Marathon and 5K race will be coursing through Redwood City on October 24 in their attempt to improve their personal best times, while enjoying a beautiful fall day on the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Proceeds from OktobeRun support programs funded by the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF), which motivates many runners, but the race is also coming into itself as a well-regarded event drawing participants from around the Bay Area and across the country. Race director Rick Hunter credits Redwood City’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department with helping to build the race’s success. “The City has been nothing short of amazing, working with us every step of the way to make an event that can be enjoyed by our full community.” Hunter said.
Volunteers from high schools and community organizations in Redwood City have also been integral to the success of OktobeRun. Runners in the half marathon and 5K races appreciate how well OktobeRun volunteers tend to their needs and enjoy the home town, community feel they provide. While the half marathon appeals mostly to serious runners, the 5 K is well-suited for families and also attracts a strong contingent of students. The participation of this group falls into one of the RCEF’s key strategies for promoting wellness in schools. “We have been funding wellness programs since 2005,” said RCEF president Judie Gutierrez. “OktobeRun and our 4th of July Parade Run are important elements of our mission. We strongly believe healthy kids learn better!” To encourage student participation this year, OktobeRun has dropped fees for students to $10.
Runners also love the mostly flat, incredibly scenic course. Well-stocked goodie bags, finishers’ medals, and 13.1 car magnets for half marathoners add to their experience. OktobeRun concludes with a lively post-race expo featuring food and drink samples, information booths, and other attractions.