In eight weeks I will be running The Town’s Half Marathon in Oakland, I have to admit I’m extremely excited about this run. It’s been just about four short years since my first race and I’ve fallen into a habit of repeating the same ones each year. I decided that this year, I wanted to branch out, run different races and visit different cities while doing it and the inaugural Town’s Half is the perfect fit.
Why am I so excited for The Town’s Half Marathon? First and foremost I love running in the bay area, admittedly I haven’t done much in the East Bay, it’s time. I ran the Livermore Half Marathon and loved the whole experience from the expo to the finish line festival. The Town’s Half is being put on by Project Sport, who also produced the Livermore Half, so I know it’ll be just as fun and organized. I’m not even going to pretend that I don’t enjoy the race swag and The Town’s Half definitely has some awesome swag…….along with the finisher’s shirt and medal all runners will receive a Brita water bottle at the finish line, which is at the steps of City Hall and will include a post race wine and music festival.
The expo will be held at Jack London Square, if you’d like to stay close to the expo the Waterfront Hotel is an option. If you would like to stay closer to the start/finish line you can look into the Oakland Marriott. Some of the places to explore in Oakland include China Town, Lake Merritt, Oakland Museum of California as well as the Sunday Farmer’s Market at Jack London Square. I love trying new restaurants, some suggestions I’ve been given include the popular Aunt Mary’s Cafe where they serve home-cooked food and were featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The Brown Sugar Kitchen is known for their Chicken and Waffles, late night bites can be found at Ruddy’s Can’t Fail and I plan on visiting Fentons Creamery for my post race ice cream treat.
If you would like to join me and run the town, you can register here and save 10% with promo code: Heather, hope to see you there!