Running for a Better Oakland is a local non-profit, founded by Oaklanders Tod and Jen Vedock, to bring together a diverse group of Oakland kids in the spirit of togetherness, fitness, and building a safe community. I’m honored to be named the team doctor and called upon to care for minor injuries that creep up as the kids participate in their new sport, running. We meet every Saturday morning, January through March, to run around Lake Merritt in Oakland. Over 150 kids from 7 to 17 years of age and nearly as many volunteers share the adventure of training for one of the Oakland Marathon races: 5k, marathon relay, or half marathon. It’s a site to see all these blue and yellow RBO t-shirts galavanting around the lake on these training runs. Please have a look at this local organization to get a glimpse of how many kids’ lives it is touching in our community:
The big day of the Oakland Running Festival is Sunday, March 24—fast approaching!