Sports and Recreation

Oakland, California is home to some of the most athletically interested individuals in all of the United States. Among the many examples of sports-minded organizations and individuals in the community include the large number of football fans rooting for the Raiders, families attending Athletics baseball games, and the hundreds of thousands who participate in citywide leagues and events. While there are many options for visitors to experience the sports' and recreation world in Oakland, this article will discuss a few of the more prominent events and locations.

Oakland's beautiful weather allows for golfing in nearly all months of the year. Professionals and amateurs alike come to Oakland to train for the upcoming season and enjoy the scenery at one of the city's pristine golf courses. Public and private courses offer both a challenge and the satisfaction of golfing at premier locations. Some of the more popular courses include the Sequoyah Country Club, Lake Chabot Golf Course, and the Metropolitan Golf Links.

For National Football League fans, the city of Oakland is synonymous with Raider football. Originally founded in 1960 as a member of the American Football league, the Raiders have long attracted dedicated as well as passive sports fans to the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. The team won the 1967 AFL championship before the merger of the league with the NFL and has won 3 Super Bowls since then, in 1976, 1980, and 1983.

The city also boasts one of the most historic baseball teams in the Oakland Athletics. The team moved to Oakland in 1968 and has brought 4 World Series titles to the town since arrival. As competitors in the American League West division the team shares its residence with the Oakland Raiders Football team at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

For the more active fitness enthusiasts, Oakland is home to one of the largest marathon races in all of California. The race is held annually and is accompanied by a half-marathon, relay races, 5-K runs, and a kids' race for those under age 16. Thousands of runners flock to the Oakland Marathon to guides runners through many historic locations in downtown Oakland.

Finally, Oakland and its surrounding neighborhoods are home to some of the most advanced and family friendly playgrounds in Northern California. At all hours of the day and every day of the week, children of all ages and their parents can be seen at many of the parks which dot the community. Activities at local parks and playgrounds include playground toys, running trails, hiking, fishing, and skate and bicycle parks. Oakland truly does offer something for everyone who takes the time to enjoy what the city the outdoors and sports and recreation of all sorts.