Your Support helps many of our youth

Beats for Sneaks

Your donation will go towards running sneakers and socks for our program’s youth.


Our Mission

Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) strives to build a tolerant, healthy and prosperous community by empowering students, parents and volunteers, creating new relationships, trust, and self-esteem through the discipline and rigors of a structured running program.

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We encourage Kindergarten – 12th grade Oakland students to develop healthy lifestyles through running. By building confidence, setting goals, providing training and encouragement. RBO will give students the values for achievement and hard work that they can draw on for all areas of their lives.

Our Founder

10 years to date, our founder, Tod Vedock, created Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) from the need to bring youth back to the outside safe-spaces Oakland has to offer. He wanted to boost outdoor fitness and healthy lifestyles for students in Oakland. RBO has grown to support more than 300 Oakland students from grades kindergarten to 12th annually. RBO’s support and encouragement are built around goals setting, healthy lifestyles, and lasting friendships.

“My son likes to exercise with his friends around, and my daughter is shy, but running with others opens her up. They love RBO”

Aida B. - RBO Parent & Volunteer

“I pushed my boundaries by doing things other teenagers around me weren’t doing”

Andrea - 2018 RBO Scholarship Recipient

Running for a Better Oakland is a 501 (c)(3), 27-3509778. P.O. Box 20433, Oakland, CA  94620