While everyone starts running for a different reason, our runners all join Team CALICO for the same reason – they want to help keep children safe and healthy. Our team gets bigger every year, and runners help raise funds to provide vital services for abused children and their families.

Every $1,000 raised will provide a family in crisis with a comprehensive package of services including a quality forensic interview, crisis intervention, follow up support, and referrals for community-based services. Joining Team CALICO is fun and easy way to help children and spread awareness.

Please consider one of these fun ways to get involved:


Sign up for a 5K, relay, half-marathon, full marathon, or kids’ fun run. All runners receive a CALICO performance t-shirt. 

Team CALICO runners commit to raising $500 to support CALICO’s forensic interviewing and family support services.  With that commitment, CALICO will cover the cost of registration. $500 might sound like an intimidating amount of money, but you will be surprised by how manageable it actually is. And CALICO will be here to help you every step of the way! We provide support, as well as tips and tricks to help you meet your fundraising goal.  

Ready to run for CALICO? Great! Here are the next steps to take: 

1. Register for your race by filling out the CALICO registration form found HERE.

2.  Set up your personal fundraising page at You can personalize your page with a photo and/or message.  Through this page, your friends, family, coworkers and anyone else can make donations via credit card, debit card or by mailing a check to CALICO. Their contributions will be counted towards both your personal fundraising goal and CALICO's overall fundraising goal.

3.  Start training and fundraising!   

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page or email



Not a runner? Join us at the CALICO water stop or cheer squad and provide welcome refreshment and encouragement. Email for more information.


Visit our fundraising page and sponsor a runner on Team CALICO.


Check out our event site to learn more about the most recent Oakland Running Festival or our Facebook page to see pictures from race day and our annual, team potluck the day before the race.

We are grateful to the sponsors, runners, water stop volunteers, and cheer squad volunteers listed to the right who raised over $45,000 for CALICO through the 2016 Oakland Running Festival. This year we hope to surpass that goal!