Running For A Better Oakland

$1,925 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 24 months
Rebecca Baumgartner
for Running for a Better Oakland
 OAKLAND, CA

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This winter I'm back on the lake volunteering with Running For A Better Oakland.  The countdown is on, and we have twelve weeks to prepare for this spring's half marathon! Saturday mornings with RBO are truly the highlight of my weekend.  RBO volunteers guide students as they are awakened to the power of endurance, and along they way their tenacity and perseverance replenishes our hope for the future.    

Running For A Better Oakland is a non-profit organization that encourages K-12th grade students to develop healthy lifestyles through running.  With the support of run mentors and volunteers, RBO youth set goals, train hard, and build confidence during the program season.  RBO empowers students by promoting the idea that accomplishment is the result of dedication and commitment.  Students carry the skills gained through this experience into all aspects of life, drawing on them both now and in the future.

One factor critical to the organization's success is that the RBO community reflect the greater community of Oakland, and that there are no financial barriers for students to participate.  Your donation will support our efforts to meet this goal.

Your contribution will help provide students with race entry, coaching, running shoes if needed, and energy drinks/nutrition at practice.  RBO would not be successful without the commitment and generosity of volunteers and donors. We can't thank you enough!

Thank you so much for whatever your contribution may be.  I feel very fortunate to be involved with Running For A Better Oakland, and I'm excited to share this inspiring experience with you, regardless of a financial donation.

For more information on RBO check out our website at www.rboakland.org, and feel free to ask me any questions!
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We're five weeks out from the Oakland Running Festival, and yesterday kids training to run the half completed 8-10 miles. I ran with fifth grader Charlotte and tenth grader Nick, and it was a pretty great Saturday morning at the lake. I haven't posted about RBO in awhile, but the past few weeks we've been trail running, working through injuries, learning about sports bras, and always adding miles. Special thanks to my sweet friend from home, Chad Anthony, for his generous donation! Speaking of Wisco, I'll actually be there this coming weekend, but I'm still hoping to rep Running for a Better Oakland and do some training. If any Milwaukee Area people have suggestions for winter running routes, please let me know! Better yet, join me for a few miles Saturday or Sunday morning. I'd love to see you!
this week
last week
trail running field trip
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Back at it! So happy to see these faces. Alex is in eighth grade this year and Moises is in seventh. They're bigger and taller and smarter and wiser, but also just the same. ☺️
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This weekend RBO bigs and littles ran their longest run of the season to date! The weather was perfect, so Alex, JP, and I just kept jogging, and in no time at all we had logged 11.5 miles. Along the way we calculated our progress in fractional increments, chatted about mutual friends, (Jordan and Moises we miss you!) and talked Teslas. We also tried but failed to understand why this guy we saw would throw his trash on the ground when a garbage can was literally 10 feet away. As I paused, SMH, Alex and JP just looked at each other, rolled their eyes, and picked up the dude's litter. I'm pretty sure the three of us are going to be besties for life.

Saturday's run was especially fun because it is the farthest JP has ever gone. And you might remember, this past October Alex and I ended up accompanying him for his first race! This time the roles were reversed, and as JP hit his stride, he encouraged Alex to finish strong.

Alex and I will be running the Oakland Running Festival's half marathon two weeks from today, and we've decided that since we were there for JP's first 5K, it makes sense for us to stick around for his inaugural 13.1. We're thinking we'll join JP and his run mentor Mike on the course to celebrate all the miles, smiles, and new friendships of the season.

Sending special thanks this week to my first ever design school Badger buddy and kindred spirit Erica. So grateful for your heartfelt long distance support... who would have guessed we'd still be in each other's lives all these years later!? I learned you were special as we walked to and from the School of Human Ecology throughout that first semester of our freshman year, and I kinda still feel like we're learning and walking together. The intention with which you live your life is beautiful, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of your journey. Someday will Alex and JP look back and reminisce about what they learned from each other as they ran back and forth along Lake Merritt? I can only hope. One thing's for sure, though: their friendship is off to a great start.

***Final Two Hours of the Flash Sale!***
One Weekend Only! Donate $10 to Running for a Better Oakland by midnight and I'll celebrate your contribution by providing matching sweatbands for RBO mentor/mentee duos! Because a a lil flare makes every race more fun. ;) Think of your donation as a virtual cheer that we carry with us along our 13.1 mile race! I'll snap a playful pic of the persevering partnership that you sponsor, tag you in it, and you'll get to follow our Oakland Running Festival half marathon journey on April 2nd! Donate Today!
Besties For Life
Runners For Life
Sweatbands For Life
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Flash Sale! One Weekend Only! Donate $10 to Running for a Better Oakland by midnight this Sunday and I'll celebrate your contribution by providing matching sweatbands for RBO mentor/mentee duos! Because a a lil flare makes every race more fun. ;) Think of your donation as a virtual cheer that we carry with us along along our 13.1 mile race! I'll snap a playful pic of the persevering partnership that you sponsor, tag you in it, and you'll get to follow our Oakland Running Festival half marathon journey on April 2nd! Donate Today!
The Sweatband: Where Fashion Meets Function
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$1,925 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 24 months
Created February 14, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Running for a Better Oakland
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$25
Sharmaine Moody
22 hours ago

Great cause! Thank you for your dedication to the kids!

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1 month ago
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Sharon Lupo
11 months ago

Love your spirit!!!

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