Oakland Races Lucrative For Local Merchants

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 1, 2011

A series of road races held last weekend helped the town’s local merchants.

Last weekend was particularly kind to Oakland, California. According to a report Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University in Maryland, runners taking part in the annual Oakland Running Festival pumped $3 million into the local economy. A total of 7,300 runners took part in a series of races throughout the weekend.

Nineteen percent of the runners came from outside the city and most likely spent tourist dollars on hotels and restaurants.

Becky Sosa Hernandez was one such runner. She and her friend came up from San Jose for the 5K and half marathon and estimates she spent approximately $500.

“I stayed at the Marriott, ate at Scott’s [Seafood], Miss Pearl’s [Jam House], Home of Chicken and Waffles, and a quaint Vietnamese restaurant across from the hotel. I also made a pit stop at Rite Aid. [I] thoroughly enjoyed my running and eating experiences in Oakland,” she said.

This is was the second year of the running festival and the first Oakland Marathon in the last 25 years.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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