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California International Marathon

Sunday December 3rd, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Distance: Marathon
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The California International Marathon (CIM) is a marathon organized by runners, for runners! CIM was founded in 1983 by the Sacramento Running Association (SRA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The SRA Board of Directors is comprised of runners with a combined total of 150+ years of service to the CIM.

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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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.
California International Marathon, Race Date: 2022-12-04, Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:11:01 Futsum Zienasellassie 29 flagstaff AZ
2nd Male 2:11:52 Jacob Thomson 28 louisville, KY
3rd Male 2:12:11 Joel Reichow 29 white bear lake,MN
4th Male 2:12:33 John Reneri 31 Flagstaff, AZ
Female 2:26:02 Paige Stoner 26 Charlottesville, AZ
2nd Female 2:27:41 Lauren Hurley 34 Boulder, CO
3rd Female 2:28:04 Elaina Tabb 30 Boston
4th Female 2:28:35 Bria Wetsch 34 Centennial, CO
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 2:17:18 Riley Cook 41 South Weber, UT
M 50-59 2:36:23 Chris Grauch 50 Nederland, CO
M 60-69 2:57:36 Mark Murray 60 Davis, CA
M 70+ 3:41:04 Gene Dykes 74 Bala Cynwyd
F 40-49 2:41:20 Sarah Piampiano 42 Louisville, CO
F 50-59 2:56:29 Kristi Young 53 Reno, NV
F 60-69 3:11:06 Erin Chalat 61 Cape Elizabeth, ME
F 70+ 4:01:51 Myung Kim 74 Los Angeles, CA
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Reasons to run CIM
  • Qualify for the Boston Marathon! The fast, USATF sanctioned course is a Boston Marathon qualifying course.
  • Average temperatures range in the mid-50s, 80% chance of perfect running weather.
  • Fall continues well into December in Sacramento and the “City of Trees” is ablaze with fall colors.
  • The CIM wide start line minimizes congestion and allows for you to easily settle into your marathon pace.
  • There are separate finish lines for men and for women.
  • The Pace Team leaders, many of them elite ultra runners, are local and familiar with the CIM course.
  • The Loyal Runners Program is available to runners who have finished the CIM 5 times, 10 times, 15 times, 20 times, 25 times and 30 times receive special gifts.
  • There is bus transportation to the start for all runners.
  • More than 2,000 dedicated, caring volunteers, and great crowd support from local residents who support this “Capitol Running Tradition.”
  • 17-well-stocked aid stations and plenty of nourishment at the finish.
  • More porta-potties per runner at the start and along the course than any event the CIM staff and board has ever seen!
  • Block-by-block, lively and “international” course entertainment.
  • Beautiful, LARGE, unique, colorful finishers’ medallions and ribbons.
  • Festive two-day Expo, timed perfectly for your holiday shopping.
  • Get in shape, meet new friends, achieve a goal, and then enjoy the holiday season guilt-free!

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