Photos from the 2016 Oakland Running Festival Marathon and Marathon Relay

Oakland Running Festival 2016

This year’s 7th Oakland marathon took place on a cloudy morning.  It started raining around noon, so most runners just escaped the rain.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

A runner (9119) from the Olympic Club male relay team was the first runner through at mile 4, escorted by a few cyclists.  They finished in 1st place for the male relay category, with a time of 2:21:44.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

This runner (bib 9181) from the SFRC Racing team was the second runner through at mile 4, they finished 2nd in the mixed relay category with a time of 02:41:43.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Carrying the baton for Shabo TC, this runner (9186) helped his male relay team capture 3rd place in their category.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

After the first batch of relay runners, we started to see the marathon runners, seen in the lime-colored bibs.  This is Alex Battaglino (217) and Patrick Donnelly (924),  both of El Cerrito, within footsteps at mile 4.  Alex eventually won the race, and increased their separation from a couple of feet to 8 and a half minutes by the end of the race.  Alex Battaglino won with a time of 02:34:51, and Patrick Donnelley finished 3rd with a time of 02:43:25.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Oakland Running Festival 2016
Oakland Running Festival 2016

Ivan Medina of Hayward is a perennial top finisher at the Oakland Marathon.  This year, he finished in 2nd place, with a time of 02:41:25.  He ran it quite a bit faster in 2015, having finished that race with a time of 02:30:07, which would have been good enough to win this year.

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Here’s a runner from the Habitat for Humanity team, who ran in the mixed relay.  They finished with a time of 4:16:37.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Christopher Jackson of Berkeley finished the marathon in 6th place, with a time of 02:55:17.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

The #GUforit with the That’s Fine Track Club finished first in the mixed relay.  Here’s one of their runners at mile 4.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Rob Nachtwey, of Berkeley, is another perennial contender who is easy to pick out because of his pink hat.  He finished 2nd in 2014, and this year finished 4th, with a time of 02:50:55.
Oakland Running Festival 2016

This is Patrick Madigan of San Francisco, who finished in 13th place with a time of 03:05:36.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Team Worse Chemistry (9048) from Berkeley finished with a time of 03:24:05, good for 6th place in the Mixed Relay.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Team Soil Joggers, from Oakland, finished 8th in the Male Relay with a time of 03:26:34.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Runner 462 is Spenser Talkington, who ran an amazing 03:05:13 at only 17 years of age!  Congrats, Spenser!  Fernando de Samaniego Steta of San Francisco (960) finished in 5th place with a time of 02:54:34.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

The Strawberry Canyon Track Club Women of Berkeley finished 3rd in the female relay with a time of 02:59:21.

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Rohit Mitter (478) from New York finished 18th, with a time of 03:12:12.
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Joshua Lerner of San Francisco won the Masters category with a time of 02:49:50.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Eric Obeng (686) of San Francisco finished 11th place with a time of 03:04:13.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Alexander Kramer of Calpella (858) finished 19th with a time of 03:13:06.   Nelson Osaky (448) finished 382nd with a time of 04:41:12, and it appears that Holly McIlvaine dropped out of the race or her timing chip didn’t register.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Joshua Bornstein (135) of the Tamalpa Running Club from San Rafael finished 7th with a time of 02:58:35.  Erik Donohue finished 26th with a time of 03:18:16.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Andra Enoiu from Richmond finished 63rd overall, but 4th among women, with a time of 03:34:06.  She won her age group.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

This guy (9212) ran for team StephCurry4Prez.  !

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Hawaiian Shirt guy!  I love seeing runners who do this race nearly every year.

Oakland Running Festival 2016

I think this is the same guy who ran with a hemp shoulder back back in 2011?  Nice to see him running again.

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Oakland Running Festival – Marathon 2014

We stepped outside around 8 this morning to catch Oakland marathon runners around mile 5.

Oakland PD motorcycle marshaling the frontrunners:

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This guy from the Oakland-based Bay Area Track Club relay team was minutes in front of anyone else at this point.  Not surprisingly, they went on to win the relay with a final time of 2:20:54.

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These guys did very well too – “That’s Fine Track Club” from San Francisco finished second in the relay results, with a time of 2:24:31.

 

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A small pack of solo-marathoners came next.  Here’s Rob Nachtwey from Berkeley in the pink hat, with Chris Mocko close behind, wearing the red headband.   Chis had won the marathon in 2012 with a time of 2:28:09, but apparently dropped out of the race and registered a DNF this year.  Rob Nachtwey went on to finish second place with a time of 2:41:00 – his second straight second place finish.  Well done, Rob.  It’s neat that the official race results show splits – Rob appears to have spent the entire race consistently in second place.

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This is Eulogio Rodriguez from Whittier, who was only footsteps behind in the pack.  He hung out in 3rd for a while, but was up by more than 2 minutes by mile 12, and finished the race 10 minutes and 37 seconds ahead of Rob Nachtwey, with a time of 2:30:22.21.

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Boone Ebel from Foster City finished a solid 4th.

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Colorful Kindy Tice, bib #728, was a bit behind at this point (maybe 5th or 6th place) but was able to make his way into 3rd by mile 12 and stayed there til the end, finishing with a time of 2:43:13.

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This is Robbie Salazar, of Pueblo, Colorado who finished in 6th place.

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This guy didn’t have a bib, but made up for it with a black Raiders cape.

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This guy blue himself.  – Team Reservoir Dogs from Oakland.

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The woman on the right is Jen Bakula, who finished 6th among women.

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Verity Breen won the half marathon in 2011 and returned this year to finish in 2nd place among women, with a time of 3:22:13.  She was in 4th, or maybe even a bit further back at this point, but made her way up to second within a few miles.

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And of course, Hawaiian shirt guy was running again.

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Other things you might have missed at Eat Real Fest 2013

Aside from all of the coffee and the steer butchery, there were many other things to enjoy at Eat Real Festival 2013.

 

A refreshing gimlet:

 A bourbon tasting by Four Roses:  four roses bourbon tasting at eat real festival 2013

four roses bourbon tasting at eat real festival 2013

Demonstrations by Oakland Chefs: Here is Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club:

She did a cooking demo and hosted a Q&A with audience members:chef preeti mistry at eat real festival 2013

chef preeti mistry at eat real festival 2013

audience at eat real fest 2013

chef preeti mistry at eat real festival 2013

The Oaklandish van was there:

And I rounded out the evening with some bread pudding from the Old World Food Truck.

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Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition at the 2013 Eat Real Festival

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Danny Johnson of Taylor’s Market in Sacramento along with Paul Carras and Mitch Lind defeated Dave the Butcher’s Marina Meats team and won the 2013 Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition at Oakland’s 2013 Eat Real Festival.

Before the competition, the emcee (Anya Fernald), judges and participants shared some Four Roses bourbon to get warmed up.

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

The cow quarters were hung on meat hooks prior to the countdown to the start:

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Dave the Butcher, a crowd favorite, offered his commentary as he prepared some cuts.

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

The Taylor’s Market team quietly worked together.

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Danny Johnson on the hacksaw:2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Dave the Butcher cheeses for the camera.  “I’ve done this before.”

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

A young fan inspects the cuts of beef in front of him:2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Anya talks things over with a judge:

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Trimmings.2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Rump roast:2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Anya did an excellent job of explaining to the crowd what was happening on the butcher tables in front of them.2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

You may have noticed that the perennial winners, the Yedra Brothers, were not competing this year.  They agreed to come back as judges and let another team take the prize.

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Prizes.  Trophies and Four Roses Small Batch.

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

The Yedra brothers take a look at what’s on the table:

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Hacksaw to the femur:2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Miguel Yedra, judging:2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Last year, the Yedra brothers set the precedent of labeling and garnishing the final cuts.2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Dave explains to the judges what his team did.2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Danny explains his side of the story.2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Handshake at the end of competition:2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

And the announcement…2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

Team Taylor’s Market wins!    See you next year.

2013 Eat Real Festival Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition

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Help filing the Small Business Exemption for your Oakland City Tax Declaration

City of Oakland Business Tax Declaration Form Header

City of Oakland Business Tax Declaration Form Header

I was having a little trouble finding the information I needed online, so I figured this might be a useful guide to others.

Oakland Business Tax

(Updated 02.14.2015)

You can pay your City of Oakland Business Tax starting January 1 and the deadline for the previous year is March 1st.  In this case, I was eligible to pay last year’s business tax between January 1st and March 1st of this year.  You should have received a City of Oakland Tax Declaration Form in the mail.

 

If you pay after March 1st there are additional fees:

  • Penalty of 10% if between March 3rd and May 1st
  • Penalty of 25% if after May 1st
  • Interest on the tax amount AND the penalty amount of 1% per month from March 3rd until it is paid

The form itself is pretty straightforward, however I noticed that there was a Small Business Exemption that I qualified for…

Small Business Exemption

The Small Business Exemption allows certain small business to be exempt from paying Oakland Business Tax.  A business must apply every year for the exemption if it qualifies.

It applies to businesses with total annual gross receipts of $2700 or less (though the official website states this number is $2800, I believe $2800 is the correct amount for 2012-2015 as it appears the paper form is dated)

except for:

  • Rental properties
  • Corporate headquarters
  • Taxicab companies/owners

 

The official website and tax declaration form have instructions for applying:

  • Enter previous year total gross receipts on Line 13 of the declaration form
  • Check box 4b on the declaration form
  • Complete form IRS 4506T (Transcript request)
  • Complete, sign and send the Declaration and 4506T form.

However, I found that I needed some clarity in filling out these forms, so I had to call the city business tax renewal department for more information.

How to fill out the forms if you qualify for the Small Business Exemption

Here’s what you need to do to fill out the forms.  (Disclaimer: check with the City of Oakland if you are unsure; Follow these instructions at your own risk!)

City of Oakland Business Tax Declaration Form
  • Check box 4b to indicate that you are claiming a Small Business Exemption.
  • Line 13: Enter your Gross Receipts.  For the previous year, this must be below $2800.
  • Line 14: This is zero because you are claiming a Small Business Exemption.
  • Line 15: Enter your estimated gross receipts for this year.  Things are a little murky here – you can once again file for a Small Business Exemption for the year 2013, but I’m not sure exactly how to do it.  The woman I spoke to on the phone informed me that most businesses don’t do this because they expect to gross more than $2800 in the current tax year.
  • Line 16: This is a $60 minimum or a certain percent of your estimated gross receipts, depending on your business classification.
  • Line 17: Self explanatory, add lines 14 and 16
  • Line 25: Even if you claim the Small Business Exemption, you must add the $1 from line 24.
  • Sign, date, and fill out your payment information.

You may also want to check out the official City of Oakland Business Tax FAQ.

IRS 4506T – Request for Transcript of Tax Return

Filling out this form is a little trickier because the City of Oakland doesn’t offer much documentation on what they want from this request for a transcript.

I talked to the Business Tax Office, and they informed me to do the following:

  • Lines 1a, 1b: Enter your name and social security number.  If you file jointly, also fill in 2a and 2b with information for your spouse.
  • Line 3: Add your name and address
  • Lines 4 and 5:  Leave these blank.  The City of Oakland will fill this out for you as needed.
  • Line 6: Enter the tax form you file.  This is probably your 1040 Schedule C form.
  • Lines 6a, 6b, 6c, 7, 8: Leave these blank.
  • Line 9: For the previous tax year, enter 12/31/yyyy.
  • Sign and date.

 

The woman I spoke to on the phone recommended that the 4506T form be sent to the Business Tax office address:

 

City of Oakland Business Tax Section

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 1320

Oakland, CA 94612

 

and the Tax Declaration Form be sent to:

 

City of Oakland Business Tax Section, Dept #34397

PO Box 39000

San Francisco, CA 94139

How to fill out the forms if you do NOT qualify for the Small Business Exemption

City of Oakland Business Tax Declaration form (green)

  • Check box 4a only if you need to make any changes to your business information.  Do you need to change your Mailing address, Business Name, Business Location, Phone number, Ownership type or owner names?
  • Do not check box 4b, this is only if you can claim the Small Business Exemption
  • Check box 4c only if you have discontinued or sold your business in the previous year or this year
  • Check box 4d if your are apportioning your gross receipts.  This means that some of your business has taken place outside of Oakland.
  • Line 13: Report your gross receipts from the previous year.  This is the “tax base” for the current year.
  • Line 14: Multiple Line 13 by 0.0012.  Put that number down UNLESS it is under $60.  If that is the case, then put down $60.  This is your tax due.
  • Line 15: Penalty due: This only applies if you are paying after March 2nd of the calendar year.  Hopefully this isn’t the case!
  • Line 16: Interest due: This only applies if you are paying after March 2nd of the calendar year.  Hopefully you don’t have to pay this either!
  • Line 17: Prior amount due: If you still owe the City of Oakland money for business tax in previous years, put this down.
  • Line 18: Failure to file fee: Add $50 if the City of Oakland has sent you notice that you are delinquent on your business tax.  Hopefully you aren’t!
  • Line 19: You must contribute $1 to the State Mandated Disability Access and Education Revolving Fund
  • Line 20: Add lines 14-19 and see what you end up with.
  • If you’re closing your business, fill out Section III.
  • Then sign the form, put your phone number and date down.
  • If paying by credit card, fill in your information and then mail the form back to the City:

CITY OF OAKLAND

Business Tax Section

PO Box 101515

Pasadena, California 91189-0005

I hope this helps.  Once again, I’m not responsible if your taxes don’t come out right.  You can call the Business Tax Office at 510-238-3704.  They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm except for Wednesdays, where they are open from 9:30am to 4:00pm.  They are closed on furlough days.

 

 

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Steer Butchery Competition at Eat Real Festival 2012

The stage was in a slightly different spot on the green at Jack  London Square, but the crowd showed up just the same for Eat Real Festival’s 2012 Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition.   The competitors were familiar, but with some changes: The defending-champion Yedra brothers, formerly of Marin Sun Farms  are now working for the BN Ranch team.  Dave the Butcher, Josh Kleinsmith and Adam Tiberio all joined forces once again, and the Butcher’s Guild put together a formidable team.

 

The crowd gathers, waiting for the start of the competition.  A woman holds a sign: “Viva Los Campeones Los Hermanos Yedra”

A Butcher’s Guild team member is representing Oakland:

Trophies for the 2012 champions-to-be:

The Yedra brothers hoist a hindquarter onto the hook.  These weigh about 200lb.

A Butcher’s Guild competitor rocks the Oaklandish STAY sticker on his knife sheath / scabbard.  Yeah Oakland!

Katy Quinn starts cutting with the saw:

The Yedra brothers start getting to work as well:

At one point, a festival attendee started resting his arms on the butcher’s table and was interfering with the competition.  Katy Quinn politely asked him to give them some space:

Oscar Yedra:

Adam Tiberio:

Josh Kleinsmith:

The crowd is having a good time:

The work of the Yedra Brothers:

The Butcher’s Guild table: (Hat from Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan)

Yedra brothers:

Dave the Butcher of Marina Meats was mic’ed up and performed the dual roles of commentator and butcher:

Dave the Butcher laughs at a comment from Anya while cutting away:

The Yedra Brothers had quite a fan club:

And they came well-prepared.  Labels and kale.

Cuts of beef, labeled and on display by the Yedra Brothers:

Impressive.

The Butcher’s Guild team celebrates after breaking down the hindquarter:

Anya Fernald hands the microphone to Oscar Yedra to talk about what his team did:

Katy Quinn enjoys a well deserved beer:

The Yedra Brothers were declared champions, once again.  This was their 4th win in a row.

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