Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
3.8
SWAG
4.2
The Alameda Running Festival will start and finish in the Alameda Point and highlight several beautiful areas around the island. The event will benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels and the Alameda Education Foundation. The Half Marathon will show off 13.1 miles of unique scenery around the island of Alameda. The … MORE
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    BeerBlazer FIRST-TIMER '18

    Running route through West end of Alameda. Bib pickup was easy simply went to the race site the day before. The only negative was initial lack of info but once … MORE

    Running route through West end of Alameda. Bib pickup was easy simply went to the race site the day before. The only negative was initial lack of info but once we found a link we got all the details. As I was part of a 4 person relay and it followed the 1/2 marathon course the biggest negative was in having to get everyone to their spot on the course. There was no shuttle service and the transition distances points were uneven. However afterwards was a treat with breakfast burritos, chips, energy bars, and seemingly endless supply of beer for those who wanted it. Additional vendor booths to walk around and socialize. Great time once you were done!

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    melissasims3 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The best thing about this race was that I got a new 10K PR - YAY! The course: It was just ok. Since it was in Alameda I was hoping … MORE

    The best thing about this race was that I got a new 10K PR – YAY!

    The course: It was just ok. Since it was in Alameda I was hoping more of the course would be along the water. There was a small section along the water front, and the rest of the race was not pretty at all. We round around through warehouses. However it was flat which helped. I’m also curious because according to Strava their mile markers were off, and the distance was 6.1. (Which if accurate, would have contributed to the PR).

    There was a little festival after the run which was decent size, although I did not stick around so can’t really comment. Nicely organized. I forgot to pick up my shirt so no comment on that, but the medal was really cool!

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    trainwithv FIRST-TIMER '17

    The course is very flat with less then 1000 entries and has pacers though which is great. great food and a band afterwards. I actually did both the 5k and … MORE

    The course is very flat with less then 1000 entries and has pacers though which is great. great food and a band afterwards. I actually did both the 5k and 1/2. very well organized but strange I had to pay 10$ extra to get my bib mailed when there are so few entries and i could have signed up that morning. Only their 2nd year though so probably just getting to know how to run a race.

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    frankhwu FIRST-TIMER '17

    I recommend this race. It has only been staged twice, including this morning’s edition. They do a bunch of distances over two days, and I met a friend of mine … MORE

    I recommend this race. It has only been staged twice, including this morning’s edition. They do a bunch of distances over two days, and I met a friend of mine from Dallas, who had a friend of his who had grown up in the area. For a race in the Bay Area, it’s about as flat as it could be. For a race in the East Bay, to a San Francisco based participant, the drive was very easy — with a 7am start time, even after the finish the traffic had not become too bad.

    This is the island that time forgot, according to locals. I had been there exactly once before, despite my time in the Bay Area. People who live there love it. I can see why. It’s an actual island, accessible only via tunnel and drawbridge, and there is a boozy commuter ferry into San Francisco. There a a bunch of Victorian houses that rival, if not surpass, anything in the city, and there is a decommissioned naval base that is home to an endangered tern and a bunch of manufacturers of beer and spirits, including absinthe! In terms of views, there was a little bit of the town, a moment with the San Francisco skyline, lots of the repurposed military hangers, and a weird parking lot with a half dozen cars that looked like they had been in a demolition derby and then set on fire. Probably at least three places where someone such as me, into photographing abandoned buildings, would want to take a snapshot — though I did not; in comparison, on SF runs, there are lots of people posing for selfies showing the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

    They served free food and drink at the end. I had a burrito. And a beer. There also were vendors and booths. The fair was actually decent given the crowd (they said 1500, which I think was total for all events).

    A criticism that isn’t actually fair, a criticism of me, and praise.

    The criticism that isn’t fair is that I went to the wrong place. The instructions said the start was at Bladium health club. That turned out to be true. But the check in was two blocks away. In the dark of 6am, you couldn’t actually see where you were going. It was a moment of confusion. Also Bladium is so big the address is only approximate. I checked what they sent. It was “my bad” as kids say, because the final pre-race note indicated the proper location for check-in as distinguished from the start line. A bonus is I parked one block away, for free, because I was super early (I anticipated, erroneously, that there would be more volume on the Bay Bridge.)

    A criticism of me. I wish organizers didn’t do this, but I understand they are trying to be true to the advertised distance. I always am crushed when I am approaching the finish, only to realize you have to make another little loop around it. Let me try to describe it, so you can picture it and then see the psychological effect. This isn’t the only time it has happened. Maybe 5 percent of races have this “problem.” It shows my weakness, because I lose heart. So to be clear: it’s me, not the race organizers. What it is, is: you are heading toward the finish, which can tell by the familiar sights, and if it were straight it would be, say, a quarter mile away. In this instance, you approached three times from different directions, and once you were less than a block away, so you could glimpse the balloon pergola thingie, and you could hear announcements as people ahead of you came through — except you then saw you were coming at it from behind, not in front, so you had a turn and then do 3/4 miles more! Man, that last bit is tough when you were feeling you were done. No doubt there is a term for this emotion.

    Finally, praise. The 2:30 pacer was great. I was with the 2:20 pacer for about three miles. That would have been a PR. I did my usual intervals (“fartleks” to those in the know). But I eventually slowed a bit. I told the 2:30 guy he was “my pacer,” and he said he’d shout out when he was catching up. He then did it, and thanks to the desire to beat him, which I expressed, and his encouragement, I finished ahead of him and the whole pack accompanying him. It was 2:27, which is my third-best finish in about 73 or 74 races. I have lost count, and I am have not updated my spreadsheet.

    PS Race organizer a super friendly guy.

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    Katie_Ho Sep 18, 2017 at 4:54pm

    Congrats on a strong race, Frank! You're definitely not alone in feeling disheartened by convoluted finish lines, you'd think they could find that extra mileage somewhere (anywhere!) earlier in the… MORE

    Congrats on a strong race, Frank! You're definitely not alone in feeling disheartened by convoluted finish lines, you'd think they could find that extra mileage somewhere (anywhere!) earlier in the race. Or maybe the RD is just sadistic – friendly, but sadistic. In any case great job on the fast finish, and thanks for another helpful review! LESS

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    withkidz REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Registration in an Aircraft Carrier. Flat but varied suburban course with good scenery. Flying down the whole length of Grand Street in Alameda for me is the highlight. Free beer … MORE

    Registration in an Aircraft Carrier.
    Flat but varied suburban course with good scenery.
    Flying down the whole length of Grand Street in Alameda for me is the highlight. Free beer and burritos at finish.
    Race is well organized. The only down I would say is the local support, but as the race becomes more popular this must surely change. The finish festival with bands beer and burritos makes up!!!

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 19, 2017 at 2:32am

    Congrats Stuart! I'd love to build up a head of steam and run the length of Grand Street and the island, that would be a blast. And I think you… MORE

    Congrats Stuart! I'd love to build up a head of steam and run the length of Grand Street and the island, that would be a blast. And I think you may be on to something with the three "B"s of a good post-race festival: bands, beer and burritos. Count me in! LESS

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    patvencool FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was a flat inaugural road race. Yeeaahh.... It was windy on race day and heavy clouds were above. The course took us through abandoned naval base housing and through … MORE

    This was a flat inaugural road race. Yeeaahh…. It was windy on race day and heavy clouds were above. The course took us through abandoned naval base housing and through current thriving neighborhoods. Eventually I was on the shores of Alameda running right toward the USS Hornet and through the former thriving Alameda Naval Base, now a ghost town of metal and rust. As I ran toward the USS Hornet and through the U.S. Naval Base I begin to reminisce about my husband who shipped from these dock out to Viet Nam in 1968 U.S. Navy, Don E. Venerable (1948 – 2004). Course monitors were awesome as they supported every runner even those such as I that were still running in the down pour. I arrived at the finish line soaking wet yet met with happy, enthusiastic volunteers. This was a running festival that offered several distance races: A Family Fun Run, 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon. Fabulous finishers medal.

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