OktobeRun to be Rescheduled for 2020
We know you've been looking forward to the OktobeRun, but our first and foremost priority is to keep you safe. That's why we've made the difficult decision to reschedule this year's race.
New construction along the route raises significant risks for the participants. We've been exploring a number of alternatives for the course, and there are some exciting options being considered for a future race. Unfortunately, rescheduling is the only viable option for this year's race.
If you already registered, we'll be refunding your entry fee. The refund will show on your credit/debit card within about a week.
We will continue to explore alternative routes in Redwood City in the interest of bringing you a new and better race in 2020. More to come as we make progress on it.
While the cancellation for this year was a tough decision to make, your safety is our top priority, and we will never compromise on that belief.
We thank you for your support and understanding, and we look forward to introducing a new and improved course to you for a fun Redwood City race in 2020. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us.
OktobeRun Race Committee
The OktobeRun is open to runners of all levels.
The RC.OktobeRun is open to runners of all levels. From competitive runners on our USA Track & Field certified half-marathon, to a 5K fun run perfect for kids and their families.
The RC.OktobeRun half-marathon course is flat, partly off-road, and perfect for a personal record. Beginning in booming downtown Redwood City, the out and back course circles the saltwater marina at One Marina, joins the Bay Trail next to Bair Island in the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and after some more roads to Redwood Shores, continues to a beautiful gravel and dirt trail next to Steinberger Slough. Almost half the course is next to the water or wildlife refuge at One Marina, Bair Island, or Steinberger Slough. The RC.OktobeRun 5K follows the same course, but turns around at the One Marina community next to Redwood Creek.
Weather is usually 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 half-marathon is flat, partly off-road, and perfect for a personal record. Almost half the course is next to the water or wildlife refuge. Beginning and ending in downtown Redwood City, the out and back course circles the saltwater marina at OneMarina, joins the Bay Trail next to Bair Island in the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and continues to a beautiful gravel and dirt trail next to Steinberger Slough in Redwood Shores. The course is USA Track & Field certified.
BECOME A SPONSOR
The Redwood City OktobeRun is more than a race — it is a fun community event that attracts serious and fun runners alike from the Bay Area and across the country.
OktobeRun sponsorship recognition opportunities ensure that thousands of Peninsula residents know you support this exciting run. Pre-event publicity directly reaches more than 4,000 Redwood City families with children, as well as large segment of Redwood City’s 75,000 citizens and the larger Bay Area running community. OktobeRun will also be publicized throughout northern California, including a range of media and social media channels.
* Source: 2013 National Runner Survey, Running USA.
Find out more about becoming a sponsor here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why doesn’t the distance measured by my GPS device match the official course distance?
The short answer: GPS is inexact; too inexact to measure a race course accurately. Rest assured though, the OktobeRun course was carefully measured by USA Track and Field, not GPS.
The longer answer: USATF, the governing body for the sport of running, doesn’t use GPS to certify courses because GPS and GPS devices have known technical limitations that make GPS signals and devices inexact, even under ideal circumstances (e.g. standing perfectly still, in a desert, on a clear day). That’s why we use the route as it was carefully measured and marked by an official USATF measurer.
USATF measurements are also required for the times received on the course to be valid for earning USATF points, setting official USATF distance records, and for valid qualification times for other USATF races.
For more information on how USATF measures courses, see the USATF measuring procedures manual.
For more info on the limitations of GPS and why official racecourse distances and GPS results generally don’t match, see: USA Track & Field, NYTimes, Competitor, DC Rainmaker, Runner’s World, RunCoach, Active, GPS.gov
Q: Where should I park?
Please do **NOT** use the Kaiser Permanente Emergency Department lot between Veterans and Bradford, and Main and Walnut for event parking! You may be towed, put lives at risk if the ER is more difficult to access, and you will jeopardize our ability to get the city's permission to host the race in the future. There is ample parking, both free and paid, elsewhere in downtown Redwood City:
The closest free parking is the garage in the San Mateo County Government Center (on Middlefield Road just off Veterans Boulevard (#4 on the downtown parking map).
The Marshall Street garage charges $2.50-per-hour and is one block over from the Start/Finish line (#1 on the downtown parking map).
Both locations are approximately 0.2 miles from the Start/Finish, and have ADA accessible parking. For more information and the downtown parking map, click here.
Q: What course support will be available?
Water and sports drink are provided at the start and at seven points on the half marathon course. NOTE: there will only be water, not sports drink, at the first aid station
Medical / first aid will be available at the start/finish line and at select aid stations along the course
There will be 15+ porta potties at the start/finish line and 6+ on the race course, providing 14 possible pit stops along the course. ADA accessible units will be available at the start / finish line
We'll do our best to make sure none of these details change, check back closer to race day, keep and eye on your email and our social media account, and listen for announcements before the race
Q: What does my entry include?
A technical t-shirt. (NOTE: we’ll do our best to have enough shirts for everybody at packet pickup, but shirts have to be ordered in advance and sometimes we guess wrong. Register early to help us make sure we have the right numbers of the right sizes!)
Eligibility for age group awards
Half marathon finishers get a custom medal
Q: Can I transfer my registration?
Entry fees are non-refundable. But If you can’t run, you can transfer your registration to another runner.
Q: What roads will be affected?
Bradford St. will be closed between Jefferson and Main from 5:30AM to 1:00 PM
Main St. will be closed between Bradford and Marshall from 5:30AM to 1:00 PM
No parking will be allowed on the east side of Marshall between Main and Maple until 11:00AM. One northbound lane of Marshall may also be closed.
The Walnut at Marshall intersection may be closed completely or sporadically, stopping traffic from crossing over Marshall heading north / south on Walnut from 7:25 – 10:30 AM.
Veterans Blvd. will be closed between Maple and Main from 7:25AM to 8:45AM, and sporadically closed from 8:45AM to 10:30AM. During peak flow, you may also experience some delays if you cross Maple as a pedestrian. There will be police and volunteers at key intersections and crosswalks to assist you.
Maple St. will be open to eastbound traffic only between Veterans and Blomquist from 7:30AM to 11:00AM. Westbound lanes will be closed during those times. Cars that wish to exit Maple St. and Docktown at those hours must use Blomquist and Seaport. Eastbound traffic entering that section of Maple St. and Docktown east of the freeway may experience delays and should allow extra time to get to their destination.
• Part of the southbound lane of Skyway Rd. in San Carlos will be closed to traffic from 7:30AM - 11:00AM.
• The Skyway Rd. - Airport Way intersection will experience sporadic closures from 7:30AM - 10:30AM.
Parking will be prohibited on the affected blocks of Bradford, Main, and Marshall from 8:00 PM Saturday night, October 27th until the hours listed above.
See the course map to see the course route and the roads affected.