OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 2,500 participants attended the third annual Town's Half Marathon in Oakland, California, on Saturday. Running enthusiasts, from across 30 states, celebrate the 13.1-mile race or 24Life 5K. The downtown event has become a landmark community event, which supports the city's revitalization efforts to boost the local economy.
"A big thank you to all our supporters and congratulations to those who finished the half marathon or the 24Life 5K," said Guy Terriff, RaceForce LLC.
"We appreciate the continued support that the Town's Half receives from the community and from those who travelled from all over the country to be here today, as this event is important for Oakland's revitalization efforts. We are thrilled to offer participants the ability to enjoy a fantastic course, which takes runners through the city and around the beautiful Lake Merritt," added Terriff.
Spanning 13.1 miles from start to finish, the race route, named "Tour of Oakland", showcased iconic areas along the route which included, Jack London Square, Downtown, City Center, Uptown, Piedmont Ave, Temescal Alley & Telegraph Ave and Grand Ave from Pleasant Valley to Lake Merritt. The race start and finish took place at Frank Ogawa Plaza. New to this year, participants were offered a VIP race experience option, offering line bypass, a VIP lounge, a post race massage and much more.
The top male finisher in the half marathon division was Jesse Cherry, from Oakland, CA, with an unofficial race time of 1:08:01. The top female finisher in the half marathon division was 13-year-old Hope Bergmark, from Pleasanton, CA, with an unofficial race time of 1:25:23. The top runner in the 24Life 5K was Zachery Connolly from Hayward, CA, with an unoffical race time of 17:37.
At the finish line, finishers were greeted with a medal and commemorative mason jar. Following the run, the RunOak Festival was open to the public and featured a local collection of live music, food and beer.
"We are extremely grateful of all our sponsors and supporters, to ensure all attendees get a world-class event experience. Special thanks to, 24 Hour Fitness, Audi Oakland, Whole Foods Market, Muscle Milk, Sierra Nevada and Vitalyte," said Terriff.
"We encourage everyone to register for the fourth annual Town's Half Marathon, which will take place on August 12, 2017. Online registration is open and the first runners to sign up for next year will pay the lowest price of the year!"
To access more information about the Town's Half Marathon visit: http://runoak.com
ABOUT RACEFORCE, LLC: RaceForce, LLC ("RaceForce") is a subsidiary of OmniForce, LLC, and a leading endurance and athletic event production company based in Los Angeles, CA. By leveraging an extensive worldwide network and a wealth of core competencies including: Strategic Marketing; Sponsorship Acquisition and Production Support, RaceForce can invest in events, create new events and collaborate with event owners to deploy support where needed while maintaining the event's grassroots identity. RaceForce events are legendary and cherished by their respective community including the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, CA and the Golden Gate Half Marathon in San Francisco, CA. For more information regarding RaceForce, LLC, visit www.raceforce.com.
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