Sunday December 8th, 2019
Our point-to-point, net downhill course has remained unchanged for 33 years, providing over 100,000 runners of all speeds–from first-timers to the fastest of the fast–the best chance to achieve their marathon goals.
The CIM is certified and sanctioned by USATF and is a Boston Marthon and US Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier.
The CIM is put on by the Sacramento Running Association, a nonprofit organization.
The same route SRA management created for the 1983 inaugural CIM will take you through rural countryside, then through the towns of Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks and Carmichael and finally, under a canopy of trees in full fall colors, into the city of Sacramento for the State Capitol finish. Even though the course has remained the same, the race has grown into a true international event.
CIM has a gently rolling, point-to-point, net downhill course with well maintained streets and few turns. The CIM start is at a 366 ft. elevation and its finish at a 26 ft. elevation.
CIM has steadily grown in numbers from a field of 1,600 runners in 1983 to a race that now fills to a capacity of more than 9,000 marathoners. Over the years, the SRA has added a four-person relay (over 1,000 teams now compete) and a 2.62-mile maraFUNrun held in the spirit of fitness and fun for 2,000 participants. Both of these events are a component of SRA’s mission to expose people of all ages to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through running.
The SRA Board of Directors, race management and volunteers work thousands of hours year-round to ensure that all runners have the best marathon experience possible, whether you are an experienced elite racer, mid-packer or are running for your first marathon finisher’s medallion. We look forward to seeing you in December!
|Male||2:12:59||Brogan Austin||27||West Des Moines, IA|
|2nd Male||2:12:59`||Matt Llano||30||Flagstaff, AZ|
|3rd Male||2:13:14||Josh Izewski||28||Blowing Rock, NC|
|4th Male||2:13:19||Joseph Stilin||28||Blowing Rock, NC|
|Female||2:28:19||Emma Bates||26||Boise, ID|
|2nd Female||2:29:21||Stephanie Bruce||34||Flagstaff, AZ|
|3rd Female||2:30:25||Samantha Roecker||27||Ballston Lake, NY|
|4th Female||2:30:32||Michele Lee||24||Sun Prairie, WI|
|M 40-49||2:26:30||Sam Krieg||41||Pocatello, ID|
|M 50-59||2:34:55||Billy Mertens||51||Louisville, CO|
|M 60-69||2:41:35||Jeff Young||60||Anchorage, AK|
|M 70+||3:23:58||Gene Dykes||70||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|F 40-49||2:39:17||Diseree Berry||41||Mecrer Island, WA|
|F 50-59||2:51:50||Jenny Hitchings||55||Sacramento, CA|
|F 60-69||3:20:14||Carol Sexton||61||Woodinville, WA|
|F 70+||4:35:21||Paulette Sharp||70||Oakland, CA|
Parker Stinson claims he wasn’t on a suicide mission, but his body killed his chances of winning the 35th running of the California International Marathon.
Sunday’s race from the base of Folsom Lake to the west steps of the state Capitol was the marathon debut for the native of Boulder, Colo., and he was setting a pace that could have beaten Jerry Lawson’s course record of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 57 seconds before his calves and abdomen muscles betrayed the 25-year-old.
From the opening horn at 7 a.m. of the race that also served as the USA Track & Field Marathon National Championships, Stinson crushed the field and at several points on the gently rolling downhill course it was impossible to see the pack behind him.
Eventual winner Tim Ritchie, Stinson’s teammate on the Saucony Racing Team, passed Stinson just before Mile 23 and finished with a 2:11:56. Tyler McAndless was second in 2:12:28 and Kiya Dandena was third with 2:12:56. Stinson finished in 31st (2:18:07).
“I wasn’t on a suicide mission, but I expected to die a little bit out there. I felt good ... until I didn’t.”
Redding’s Sara Hall won the women’s national title with a time of 2:28:10 – the second fastest in CIM history. She was followed by Roberta Groner (2:30:38) and Carrie Dimoff (2:30:54). Groner and Dimoff’s times were the seventh and eighth fastest women’s times in event history. Hall and Ritchie each won $20,000 for the national titles in a race that saw more than 11,000 runners compete in multiple divisions and distances.
“It’s so special to be here because it’s just two hours south of where I live in Redding,” Hall said. “I had my husband, who is now my coach, and my four daughters out here cheering me on. I’m blessed to have so many people out here supporting me and to be enjoying my career the most I ever have.”
Hall, 34, competed for Stanford and is best known as a middle distance runner, having competed internationally in the 3,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase. Only recently has she transitioned to marathons and ran a personal best 2:27:21 on Oct. 29 at the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany.
While Hall narrowly missed a personal record, Groner and Dimoff shaved six and seven minutes off their bests, respectively. The top three men also set PR marks, with Ritchie cutting his by almost three minutes. In all, a record 40 men finished in 2:20:00 or faster.
Tim Ritchie crossed the finish line to the win CIM 2017.