THE BERKELEY HALF MARATHON 10K COURSE: MILE 6
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Mile 6 takes runners through downtown Berkeley passing through the commercial heart of Berkeley on their way back to the High School and the Finish Line. At the beginning of Mile 6 runners will find Victory Point Cafe, the Bay Area’s first board game cafe, on their left. For a small fee runners can access their collection of hundreds of board games, stay as long as they would like, and enjoy a selection of locally roasted coffee, craft beers, pizza, sandwiches, and snacks. For runners with family visiting to cheer them on this makes for a great post race hangout.
After continuing down Shattuck and passing many Berkeley hot spots like Half Price Books and Yoga To The People, runners turn left on to Addison St. and find the Berkeley Repertory Theatre on their right. Berkeley Repertory Theatre grew from a storefront stage to an international leader in innovative theatre. Known for its ambition, relevance, and excellence, as well as its adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. Over 5.5 million people have enjoyed nearly 500 shows at Berkeley Rep, which have gone on to win six Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, one Pulitzer Prize, and many other honors.
A left turn back on to Milvia St. takes runners through where they first began their race on a loop around Berkeley High School. With the High School now on runner’s right hand side the course passes Berkeley High Stadium as well as the Berkeley Community Media building. Berkeley Community Media is a media production haven for auteur and experienced filmmakers, television producers and students of all forms of life. BCM’s primary goal is to provide residents of Berkeley and beyond a space to learn how to produce media as well as share it with their community. Their television channels are on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, cablecasting voices from all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
In this final pass runners push through cheering crowds as the energy from other finishers spurs them on. Crossing the finish line, runners enjoy a selection of food and drinks to replenish energy and most importantly receive their medal. From there it’s on to the Finish Line Festival in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. With a historic fountain and a Peace Wall inlaid with tiles made by hundreds of community members the open plaza is home to many community events as well as the daily lunch of many Berkeley High students. Today runners can enjoy the celebration of their accomplishments with the over 9,000 runners who earned their medals.