October 4th, 2014
8:00 am – 1/2 marathon
8:15 am — 5K
Port of Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
The 2014 OktobeRun will be on Saturday, October 4. We’ve moved the start and finish to the Port of Redwood City on Seaport Court! Most of the scenic half marathon course is the same as in previous years, except that the first and last miles no longer run through downtown. We’re proud to announce a brand new and improved 5K course. Starting at Seaport Court, the course will head out Seaport Blvd to circle beautiful Pacific Shores Center on a 3-mile extension of the Bay Trail. You can find more course details and maps on the Course tab above.
This year the race will partner with Redwood City PortFest, a free community festival to promote access to the recreational opportunities in and around the Port of Redwood City.
Please note that there will not be a Kolor Run in 2014.
We regret that we have learned that this year’s race falls on Yom Kippur. We are very sorry about this conflict and understand that this news will cause dismay to some runners.
To explain how the date was chosen, for the race’s first three years we were partners with Oktoberfest at Courthouse Square. When the organizers of Oktoberfest decided that they could no longer put on the festival this year, there was a danger that the race would also cease to exist. One of the unique features of the OktobeRun is our partnership with a community festival. So we decided to partner with the Port of Redwood City, which has put on PortFest for the past five years and which has always been a strong supporter of our schools. When PortFest was established, the community group that created it decided that it would be held on the first Saturday in October annually. This date was determined to have the fewest conflicts with other city and local activities.
The good news is that Yom Kippur does not fall on this date for the foreseeable future; the next occurrence is in 2041. Again, we apologize for this scheduling, and we hope that all who are affected can join us again next year.
On October 4, 2014, Redwood City will host the 4th Annual OktobeRun Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk. This remains one of the few half marathons on the Peninsula.
The half marathon course is flat, scenic, and largely off-road, perfect for a personal record. Beginning at the Port of Redwood City on Seaport Court, runners join the Bay Trail by Bair Island in the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, continue to a gravel and dirt trail next to Steinberger Slough in Redwood Shores, and return. And we’re proud to announce a beautiful new 5K course that circles the Pacific Shores Center.
Weather is likely to be perfect for runners. Situated midway between San Francisco and San Jose, our location next to San Francisco Bay keeps our climate moderate and comfortable year round. The average high temperature in October is 73° and the average low is 49°.
The OktobeRun Half Marathon is part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series. Some of the highlights of the series include series points awards and finishers’ medals. More information on the series can be found at CalHalfSeries.com.
All proceeds from the race will go to the Redwood City Education Foundation. The RCEF has been working since 1983 to advance and enrich educational opportunities for the 9,200 students of the Redwood City School District. Learn more and donate at: www.rcef.org.
We welcome the Woodside Wildcats Prowl, courtesy of the Woodside High School Foundation! Runners and walkers in this unique race-within-a-race will register and participate in the OktobeRun just like everyone else, but will receive a Wildcats Prowl T-shirt in lieu of the OktobeRun shirt, and be part of the Woodside High School Team.
To sign up online, just register for OktobeRun as usual. When you are asked if you’re intending to sign up for the Wildcats Prowl, just say yes.
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