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City of Oakland Marathon on Sunday, March 25, 2018

News from: City of Oakland



March 22, 2018


Street Closures Planned on Sunday, March 25, for Oakland Marathon’s New 2018 Course


Oakland, CA — The City of Oakland today announced the temporary street closures and parking restrictions in effect for the Oakland Marathon which takes place on Sunday, March 25, 2018. The 26.2-mile marathon, which starts at 7 a.m., takes a new course through town from the starting point at Eastshore Park on the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Lakeshore Avenue. The course will take runners through downtown, West Oakland and Northgate. The new course also takes runners around Lake Merritt, past the Port of Oakland’s terminals and on a portion of the Bay Bridge Trail.


Some 10,000 runners are expected for Sunday’s marathon, half-marathon, relay, 5K and kids’ fun run. To educate the public about road closures, a map at shows the marathon’s course and a roster of detours drivers can use on Sunday.


Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and either time their travel to avoid street closures or seek alternative routes using the online map. All highway and interstate routes will remain open throughout the marathon.


Transit Impacts


BART will not be impacted by course closures.


AC Transit will have temporary signage directing riders to alternative stops for impacted routes. Service disruptions and detours on AC Transit will be in place from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Downtown Oakland will be served at a temporary transfer point on Castro Street between 12th and 17th streets, across from the I-980 freeway. For most buses, this will be their only stop in Downtown Oakland. Lines 1, 14, 19, 20, 33, 40, 51A, 62, 96 and 801 will also stop on 6th Street at Washington. Line 29 will also not operate its regular route. Instead, it will connect Downtown Oakland, West Oakland BART and Emeryville in a one-way loop. There will be no service along Lakeshore Avenue for the duration of the festival. For more information on AC Transit service on Sunday, March 25, please visit


Traffic/Driving/Parking Impacts


During Sunday’s marathon, streets throughout Oakland will be impacted by the race. Festival organizers have planned carefully to lessen the impact on auto traffic and ensure runner safety. The Oakland Police Department (OPD) will issue temporary lane closures and traffic restrictions as runners make their way along the course.


Motorists should use special caution and look out for both pedestrians and changes in traffic patterns. All parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and/or towed.


Motorists that park on the streets listed below will have difficulty moving their vehicles until after runners have passed and the street has been reopened by OPD.


The following streets will be closed on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the various times indicated as the marathon progresses.


The following streets will be closed in both directions:

7th Street from Union Avenue to Mandela Parkway (8:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

14th Street between Franklin and Clay streets (6 - 11:15 a.m.)

Broadway between 13th and 20th streets (7 - 11 a.m.)

El Embarcadero from Grand to Lakeshore avenues (5 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Grand Avenue between MacArthur and Bellevue (5 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Lake Merritt Boulevard between Oak and E. 12th streets (5 a.m. - Noon)

Telegraph Avenue between 14th and 20th streets (7 a.m. - Noon)

Webster Street from 19th to 3rd streets (7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)


Partial road closures in direction noted:
(N/B=northbound, E/B=eastbound, S/B=southbound, W/B=westbound)

2nd Avenue (S/B) from International Boulevard to E.10th Street (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

3rd Street (E/B) from Webster to Mandela Parkway (8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

7th Street from Middle Harbor Shoreline Park to Maritime (7:30 - 10 a.m.)

10th Street (W/B) from 2nd Avenue to Webster (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

11th Street (E/B) from MLK Jr Way to Oak Street (8:40 - 11:45 a.m.)

E. 12th Street (E/B) from 1st to 2nd avenues (8:45 a.m. - Noon)

16th Street (E/B) from Clay to Telegraph (7 - 11 a.m.)

19th Street (E/B) from Lakeside to San Pablo (7 - 11:15 a.m.)

20th Street/Thomas L. Berkley Way (W/B) from Telegraph to MLK Jr. Way (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

27th Street (E/B) from Telegraph to Harrison (8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

28th Street (E/B) from Mandela Parkway to West Street (8:05 a.m. - 1:15p.m.)

29th Street (E/B) from West Street to MLK Jr. Way (8:05 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

30th Street (E/B) from MLK Jr Way to Telegraph (8:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.)

40th Street/Shellmound Street (E/B) from the Bay Bridge Trail crossing to Horton Street (8:00 - 10:15 a.m.)

Adeline Street/Middle Harbor Road (W/B) from 3rd Street to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (7:15 - 8:30 a.m.)

Broadway (N/B) from 14th Street to Grand Avenue (7:30 - 11:15 a.m.)

Burma Road (W/B) from Maritime Street to the Bay Bridge Trail (7:45 - 10 a.m.)

Clay Street (N/B) from 14th to 17th streets (7 - 11 a.m.)

W. Grand Avenue (E/B) from Telegraph to Broadway (8:15 - 11:30 a.m.)

Harrison Street (S/B) from 27th Street to Grand Avenue (8:20 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

Lakeshore Avenue (S/B) between MacArthur and E. 12th Street (5 - 10:30 a.m.)

Lakeside Drive (N/B) from 14th to 19th streets (5 - 11 a.m.)

Mandela Parkway (S/B) from Horton to 28th streets (8 - 10:15 a.m.)

Mandela Parkway (N/B) from 7th to 28th streets (8:55 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

MLK Jr. Way (N/B) from 29th to 30th streets (8:10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

MLK Jr. Way (S/B) from 20th to 10th streets (8:30 - 11:30a.m.)

San Pablo Avenue (S/B) from 19th to 16th streets (8:20 - 11:15 a.m.)

Telegraph Avenue (S/B) from 30th to 27th streets (8:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.)

West Street (N/B) from 28th to 29th streets (8:05 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)


5K partial road closures in direction noted:

Lakeside Drive (N/B) from 19th Street to Grand (7:30 - 8:10 a.m.)


The 2017 Oakland Running Festival attracted 9,500 runners from 40 states and 10 countries. An estimated $3 million in revenue was generated for local hotels, restaurants, retailers, transportation companies and entertainment venues. In addition to injecting dollars into the local economy, the festival introduces visitors to Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods and scenic beauty.


Hosted by the City of Oakland, the Oakland Marathon is produced and fully funded by Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE), which also produces the renowned Baltimore Running Festival. CSE reimburses the City for all police services provided in conjunction with the festival.


Motorists may report traffic concerns related to the marathon to Jim MacIlvaine at (510) 238-2933 or


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