In my arbitrary way, I designated the area of College Avenue north of the Rockridge BART station as "Rockrdge north", though as I remarked in the previous post, I've never heard anyone refer to a "Rockridge north" or a "Rockridge south".
The race itself does a U-turn at the intersection of College and Claremont Avenue (and two other smaller streets that make for a long traffic cycle) passing back under the BART station only to make an immediate left (east) turn that takes runners up, up, up into the Oakland hills.
The U-turn at the College & Claremont intersection is as close as the race comes to leaving Oakland's city limits, because the next crossstreet on College is Alcatraz Avenue where Berkeley begins.
Since 1990 I have spent a great many hours in Rockridge, in particular from the area just south of BART to the vicinity of the College/Claremont intersection. It's one of Oakland's areas I know best, and one I always cite when I hear folks ragging on Oakland.
|Zachary's Chicago Pizza|
Oakland's oldest runnng store, Transports. is a block up from Barclay's, while a women's-oriented running store ("See Jane Run") is almost next door to Zachary's. There are two Japanese restaurants, a Burmese restaurant, a couple of coffeehouses, a fine taqueria, a Great Harvest bakery, and plenty more I can't remember. And there's the fun Claremont Diner (inexpensive high-quality American comfort food) with the coolest booths, and an electric train set overhead, which is right next door to The Graduate, a pleasant dive bar, situated at the complicated intersection of Claremont and College. Oh, and a Trader Joe's in what was formerly a Lucky supermarket.
|College Avenue Presbyterian Church|
You can see all of this in the few blocks of College Avenue in Oakland stretching north from the Rockridge BART station to the Berkeley city limits. And the residental side streets are among the most pleasant you'll find.
|That ice cream parlor is Dreyer's headquarters?|
|No, but it's in the 3 story building that houses the ice cream parlor.|
|St. Albert Priori Chapel|
This stately and immaculate Victorian sits across the street from St. Albert Priori. It is a rare Victorian that lies in a neighborhood largely given over to Craftsman-era bungalows, and some more recent structures.
Oakland Marathon neighborhood tour - navigational links:
Backward to: Rockridge south
Forward to: Lake Temescal
Oakland Marathon website
East Bay Hills Project
(terrific website with historic photos of the railroad and highway development in the Oakland hills)