Lake Merritt Half Day
6 & 12 Hour Events
Run-day Instructions


The Lake Merritt Half Day will start at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12th at Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA.    Parking is $3 per vehicle and the fees are collected at the kiosk by an attendant.  Typically, the kiosk opens after the start of the race and parking is free.  Click on the blue icon for driving directions:


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Weather:  Oakland


Lodging:  Hotels/Motels


Each lap is 3.17 miles around Lake Merritt.  (The distance is slightly farther this year due to the construction project and detour near the boathouse). The course is flat with 30% dirt and 70% asphalt path.  (Distances are accurately measured using a Rolatape® surveyor's measuring wheel.)


Friends and/or family members are welcome to run 1 or 2 laps during the event to share in your experience.  “Pacing” isn’t allowed.  Generally, we want your achievement at Lake Merritt Half Day (distance and/or place) to be a solo effort.

No dogs allowed on the course. Please don't leave pets in your vehicle.


Transponder Timing

Each lap will be recorded using a timing transponder.  Please wear the neoprene bracelet on your ankle for the transponder to be detected.


During the final hour for each event, there will be a .7 mile loop (around Fairyland) to complete rather than continuing around the lake.


Aid Station

Fully-stocked, self-serve aid station every 1.5 miles.  You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, boiled potatoes & salt, chicken soup, water, soda, and Clif Shot Electrolyte sports drink. 


The park doesn’t allow private tents or extra tables.  Chairs and coolers are acceptable. 


The parking areas are near, < 150 yards, from the course. Portable restrooms will be located near the start/finish area.


Post-Race Activities

Awards Ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. for the 6 hour & 12 hour events, respectively.

Patagonia Capilene shirts (12 Hour) or Dri-release shirts (6 Hour) will be given to runners.  Each runner will also receive a custom award with their name and distance. 

Awards will be given to the first overall female and male finisher and to the first female and male finisher in each 10-year age group (< 20, 20-29, etc.).  Overall winners do not qualify for age-group awards.

We will have La Sportiva trail running shoes, Ultimate Direction bottles & packs, Clif Bar products, and PCTR merchandise available for purchase.


PCTR Race Series 

Participants are automatically included in the race series and points are awarded to the first 8 finishers in each age group.  To learn more, please click:  PCTR Race Series


Message Board

Please post messages regarding places to eat or stay, sharing rides with fellow runners, etc. on the:  PCTR Message Board


Check In

Please arrive by 6:45 a.m. on Saturday to check in and receive your bib and timing transponder.    

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