First-ever Alameda Running Festival Set

Travis Hanna  Alameda resident Gwendolyn Hanna, 9, enjoyed the 5k Bubble Run at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds in San Jose this past June. Young runners like Gwendolyn can join the fun at the Alameda Running Festival coming up on Oct. 29 and 30.

First-ever Alameda Running Festival Set


Halloween weekend event to include 1-mile kids’ fun run

Registration is open now for the Bank of Marin Alameda Running Festival. The festival will be the first of its kind in Alameda that will incorporate two days of racing, a health and wellness expo and a family fun run. The event will take place Halloween weekend Oct. 29 and 30 with the 5k, 10k and kids’ run on Saturday, and a half marathon on Sunday. The event begins and ends at Alameda Point.

The 6.2-mile, 10k run will kick off the weekend’s events at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. The course is mostly within Alameda Point with a loop out to the College of Alameda, and will showcase beautiful views of San Francisco, Oakland and the USS Hornet before it finishes on the expo lawn adjacent City Hall West.

The 3.1-mile, 5k event will start immediately after at 8:30 a.m. and will follow a similar route as the 10k.

The Saturday races will conclude at 10 a.m. with a 1-mile kids run. The kids run will circle the expo lawn four times and end under the finish arch.

A half marathon is set for Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and will follow a 13.1-mile course incorporating both sides of the Island.

“As a lifelong Alameda resident and avid runner, I am thrilled to be a part of bringing this great event to our community and showcasing everything that the Island has to offer” said race co-director Steve Ashbaker.

The race expo, open to the public, will focus on creating a health and wellness environment for the whole community. There will be activities for all, local fitness clubs, music and vendors providing details on the latest in run and fitness gear. Participants are encouraged to bring friends and family.

For more information on the races or to register, visit