Last runner of the Oakland MarathonThe Oakland Marathon (aka "Oakland Running Festival") took place last Saturday. Sixteen amateur radio operators supported the event, which included over 9,000 runners. There was a full marathon, a four person marathon relay, a half marathon and a 5k run, with the various courses overlapping. The fastest marathon time was two hours, thirty-seven minutes, while the slowest time was a little over seven hours. This meant that radio operators supported the run from 7:30 AM to about 3 PM.

There were three amateur radio operators on bicycles, four at net control, and nine at fixed locations on the course. The operators on bicycles roamed over the length of the course. Three operators were from the ARCA club: Cass AG6NT at net control, Jerry KT6CRT on bicycle mobile, and Bruce KI6CYT stationed at 10th and Alice St. Happily, there were no major medical incidents during the various runs. The biggest issue seemed to be hearing the operators over the cheering of the crowd. Definitely a fun event to take part in. Hopefully we'll see you next year!