Coming up on March 24th is a big blast of Oakland love in the form of the Oakland Running Festival. There's a 5K run, a half marathon, a 4-person relay marathon and a full marathon to compete in. Even if you're not a runner you can come out and cheer the runners on. This event brings more the $4 million in revenue to Oakland.
You can also volunteer to help. I'm told they are in great need of volunteer Course Marshals. "Course Marshals keep the runners safe, traffic clear and most of all support our runners! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested as we have a lot of locations in the Grand Lake Area that could use assistance."