Race officials listened to runners and the community before tweaking the race course.
Following complaints lodged at last year’s inaugural race, organizers have decided to alter the Oakland Marathon. The new course should allow for a better flow of traffic and give runners better scenery. The marathon is organized by Corrigan Sports Enterprises. For the first eight miles, the course remains unchanged, but then it alters, veering runners onto Lincoln Avenue and giving them a sweeping view of Oakland.
“That was done strictly as a traffic flow issue because, apparently, that area got jammed up, which was brought to our attention by police,” said Lee Corrigan, the race’s founder.
Corrigan also notes that more community outreach will occur by marathon officials like race director Gene Brtalik, who said: “We want everyone, including the Oakland citizens who won’t be running in the event, to know we listened to their feedback from 2010.”
Over six thousand runners took part in last year’s Oakland Marathon. The city had been without a 26.2-mile race for 25 years.
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