Oakland Running Festival attracts 10,000 people

- The 8th Annual Oakland Running Festival took place on Sunday, gathering 10,000 people of all ages.

Participants traveled from 33 different states, Washington D.C., and 8 foreign countries for the event and the races featured people of all abilities. 

Two Bay Area residents won the men's and women's divisions of today's Oakland Marathon at the Oakland Running Festival, race results show.

Semereab Gebrekidan, 32, of Oakland won the men's division with a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes and 56 seconds, according to the start gun time. The running chip he was wearing recorded a two-second shorter run. 

Katherine Klymko, 28, of Berkeley won the women's division with a time of 3:09:06, according the start gun time. Her chip time was four seconds faster.

The event featured all kids of races, including a 5k, kid's fun run, half-marathon, and marathon. 

The 5k women's winner Erin Hagen, from Oakland, said, "It was such a great atmosphere, so much enthusiasm, from the town and the participants. It couldn't have been better".

According to a 2015 study by RESI, an economic research and consulting firm, the 2015 Oakland Running Festival garnered $12 million in economic impact. Approximately $2 million has been raised for local charities since the festival began.

 

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