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California International Marathon

Sunday December 8th, 2019
Sacramento, CA
Distance: Marathon

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!

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Kat Powell
Have run this marathon 6 times and have never felt comfortable running in December in Sacramento. It is much too cold for me at the start. My muscles do not do well in cold weather. Also, do not like the course. Prefer more rural settings with more natural environments. Exceptions to this are Boston, New York City and San Francisco marathons, where the spectators bring much energy and love.
Karen Baysinger
I've run this marathon twice, and they offer a relay which I've run 3 times. For the most part this course is flat & fast. The aid stations are what you should expect from a marathon, the start & finish are very well organized, and it's a small enough field of runners that you don't have a slow-down at the start in finding your pace. Weather is always a toss-up but directors can't control that.
Race Date: 12/02/2018 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
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
Division Time Name Age Home
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
California International Marathon

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).

“About Mile 7 or 8 my calves started getting tight and around Mile 17 or 18 my right calf hurt really bad,” Stinson said. “But that’s part of racing. I stayed smooth and then around Mile 21 my rights side abs seized up and I’ve never experienced that before. I lasted for a couple of miles then I had to back off and stop.

“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.

“I’m definitely addicted to the marathon now,” Hall said. “There’s such a learning curve with the event and you want to keep improving and notching it down. I’m fortunate to still be enjoying it.”

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.


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Tim Ritchie crossed the finish line to the win CIM 2017.


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