Join the official training program for the Oakland Running Festival marathon and half marathon
Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders is the East Bay's longest-standing running club. We organize many fun runs and training programs in Oakland and the wider Bay Area.
The LMJS marathon and half marathon training programs are low-cost 18-week plans that prepare runners for races in spring 2023.
Since 2010 we've trained more than 1,000 runners of all levels — from first-timers to experienced runners — and helped them meet their personal goals. Many return year after year for the quality coaching and great company. We hope you join us!
“I used to struggle with long runs, but now with LMJS I got to run in a group which is super fun. I ran in new places I had never thought of, so many great runs. You will love it.”
Our coaches and pace group leaders are with you every step of the way.
"We hope you join us! We're here to help you reach your training and running goals. Oh, and we've got good snacks too."
"I moved to Oakland without knowing anyone, and my closest group of friends have come from this training group.
I got to learn the area thanks to the variety of long run locations and trails, and you can't help but make friends when you spend hours with good people every Saturday morning.
Joining the training group and LMJS made the East Bay feel like home — it's where I found my people."
Runners of a wide range of paces and experience levels are welcome. We have pace groups, from 7:30 to 13:00+ — really!
Since 2010, more than 1,000 runners have participated in the training program. Many have trained for their first half- or full marathon, and some return year after year.
"With the help of the marathon training program I both reduced my marathon PB by 17 minutes and also crossed the finish line with a huge smile — which was a first for me."
- ROHAN K.