2021 CIM Final Runner Instructions
Race week has arrived!


Below are your final runner instructions. Please be sure to review all the details below for essential race weekend and race day information!

Additional reminders will be posted on runCIM.org and on social media over these final few days.

Thank you for choosing the California International Marathon and good luck on Sunday!


Though we hope you read this entire email as this is ALL very important information, here are the most important points that we want you to see:

  • The CIM Expo will be at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
  • You must show the QR code associated with your Confirmation Receipt to receive your bib as well as your photo ID, COVID vaccination card OR negative COVID test result. (and, if someone is picking up for you, the Authorization Form)
  • New for 2021: No gear check at the start; finish area gear check only
  • For security reasons, runners can not be dropped off near the start.  All runners must take a bus or shuttle to the start
  • Bus pick-up locations have changed since 2019. Please Review

Questions about the greatest hits?  Keep reading, the answers are likely below.  If not, check the website for...the rest of the story.  


12:00 pm - CIM Expo opens
7:00 pm - CIM Expo closes

9:00 am - CIM Expo opens
10:30 am - Gear Check opens at the Finish Line (10th Street) *Don't forget to get your free gloves for dropping off on Saturday!
5:00 pm - CIM Expo closes
6:00 pm - Gear Check Closes at the Finish Line

4:00 am - Gear Check opens at the Finish Line (10th Street)
5:00 am - Start Line Buses depart from locations A and B 
5:30 am - Start Line Buses depart from locations C and D  
5:30 - 6:30 am - Start Area Shuttle Buses running 
7:00 am - Race start
8:30 am - Sierra Nevada Beer Garden and Finish Festival opens (10th & L)
11:00 am - Elite Award Ceremony
1:30 pm - Finish Area closes



SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
1400 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Friday, December 3 - 12pm-7pm
Saturday, December 4 - 9am-5pm
No Race Day Packet Pick-up!


All CIM participants will be REQUIRED to produce the following to participate in the race:

  • Photo ID
  • Participants must bring to the Expo an original, paper, or digital copy of their vaccination or negative COVID-19 test proof
  • Masks must be worn at all times with the race course being the only exception. 
Additional information about the Expo can be viewed online HERE.


General Marathon Packet Pick-Up: Bib numbers will be dynamically assigned in the marathon packet area. You will need your Confirmation Receipt to have your bib assigned as well as your photo ID and proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test result. 

VIP Packet Pick-Up: VIP Packet Pick-Up will be available to the left of the Expo entrance  - look for the red carpet! VIPs will not need their QR codes. 

Seeded Start (Sub-Elite):  You will find your bib at the VIP desk. You will not need your QR code. 

Elite Packet Pick-up:  Elite runners will receive their race week information from the Elite Director.

You may have someone else pick up your packet for you.  The person picking up on your behalf will need:

  • Completed (by you) Packet Pick-up Authorization Form 
  • Copy of your photo ID
  • Copy of your COVID vaccination card OR negative COVID test results
  • Your QR Code, found in your Confirmation Receipt
  • Please be kind to your friend and supply them with the proper tools to pick up your bib.  If they do not have all the above, they will be turned away.


The Marathon Solutions Desk will be located just in front of the marathon packet pick-up tables and is the place to go to update registration information (i.e. name spelled wrong, wrong birthdate, wrong gender...)  and resolve any other registration questions.

For all other questions (i.e. busing questions, directions, gear check info...) or for Lost & Found, the Info Booth will be located immediately to your right as you enter the Expo.  


Runners and spectators will have the ability to track participants HERE. You can sign up for tracking starting now.

Unofficial results will be available on the CIM website starting noon on Sunday.  



Runners are not permitted to be dropped off near the Start Line.  All runners must use one of the Buses or Shuttles provided.  Be sure to know which bus or shuttle you plan to use before race day.  

What is the difference between a Bus and Shuttle?

  • Bus
    • Leave from Finish Line Area (Location A) and near select Partner Hotels (Locations B, C, D) (check with hotel for parking availability, prices)
    • Return buses available after the race from finish to select Partner Hotel locations B, C, and D. 
    • Upon arrival at the Start Area, runners can remain on buses until shortly before the start

  • Shuttle
    • 3 drop-off locations available near start area
    • Runner drop-off only: no parking available, no return bus from Finish Area 
    • Shuttles run on a loop so runners must exit upon arrival to the Start Area

Finish Area Gear Check

New this year! THERE ARE NO GEAR CHECK SERVICES OFFERED AT THE START LINE.  Gear check services are provided in the FINISH AREA ONLY.  Any items taken on buses, shuttles, or to the start area will NOT be returned to you.  All items discarded at the start line or in the first 2 miles of the course will be donated to local charities.

Finish Area Gear Check Location - 10th Street in front of the State Capitol

Saturday, December 4  — 10:30 am-6:00 pm
**Note: All participants dropping off gear on Saturday will receive FREE pair of running gloves courtesy UC Davis Health. While supplies last.
Sunday, December 5 — 4:00 am-4:45 am (prior to bus load near Location A)**Note: We recommend dropping off on Saturday to avoid race day lines and stress.


There are 6 entrances to the Start Staging Areas available to runners, sorted by your expected finish time; these are NOT assigned corrals. Please review the corral schedule HERE and on race day line up in the appropriate pace range so you and all of your fellow runners will have a fair start and a chance to perform your best.


The California International Marathon will have 17 aid stations spread throughout the course, each stocked with water and nuun performance. Four of these stops will also be stocked with GU Gels, GU Chews, and fruit. Click HERE for more on-course fueling and hydration information.


The current weather forecast calls for the morning low at the Start Line in Folsom to be in the mid-40s, with highs at the Finish Line in Sacramento in the low-50s under partly cloudy skies. Check the weather conditions before you leave your hotel room on race morning.  Here are some race day tips that apply regardless of the weather: 

  • Dress in layers! You can always shed unwanted clothing at the start line and the first two aid stations.  Look for the volunteers waving the "Throw Me Your Clothes" signs. Do not litter the streets with unwanted clothing we have designated bins.  Clothes shed at the start and on the course will be donated to a non-profit - you will NOT get them back. 
  • Stay on the bus! If you rode the bus to the start, stay on the bus. Runners are allowed to stay on the buses until 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. 


Click HERE to view the spectator information page-and then send the link to all your adoring fans! This page has information on parking tips, directions to the best spectator locations and the course entertainment list.

The best spots on the course for spectators are...

  • Old Town Fair Oaks - Mile 10 
  • Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue - Mile 13.5
  • Loehmann's Plaza - Mile 20.4
  • California State Capitol - Finish Festival


The road closure schedule can be viewed by clicking HEREFor up to date road closure information and closure avoidance we recommend using the WAZE app who have partnered with the California International Marathon. 



The Finish Festival will open to the public at 8:30am on race day. All Finish Festival attendees are required to pass through one of four designated Security Checkpoints. All bags are subject to inspection by Security Checkpoint staff.

To learn more about CIM event rules and security procedures, including a list of prohibited items, click here.

OFFICIAL CIM MERCHANDISE AT THE FINISH LINE (in case you didn't get enough at the expo)

After you cross that finish line (but before the pain sets in), be sure to check out the OFFICIAL CIM merchandise tent, hosted by Fleet Feet Sacramento, located just to your left when you exit the Controlled Zone.  Be sure to stop by and pick up some unique official merchandise to celebrate your accomplishment!


Having second thoughts about the shirt size you selected?  Not a problem!  Unworn participant shirts can be swapped at the swap booth, located in the finish area near the merchandise booth, while supplies last. 


Be sure to check out the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden at the finish line! Have a beer and cheer runners who are still on the course.

*Must have a valid ID to enter the beer garden.

CIM to Boston!

CIM is the leading Boston Marathon qualifying race in the country, and to celebrate that, we hope you will ring the "BQ Bell", at the finish line when you get your qualifier.



The California International Marathon and the Sacramento Running Association have an active presence on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. We encourage all of you to engage with us and other runners using your own social media accounts.

Official Twitter HashtagS: #runCIM #comebackyear - use these in all of your tweets and posts

Official Twitter Accounts: SRA/CIM, @runSRA_CIM

Official CIM Facebook Page: LINK

Official SRA Facebook Page: LINK

Official Instagram Account:  LINK


The Sacramento Running Association continually strives to improve our sustainability efforts with all our events. This year we have moved to a digital event program in an effort to reduce the amount of paper and waste produced by the California International Marathon. Please enjoy viewing your 2021 Event Program HERE.  


All entrants will receive an email  following CIM with special offers from Sacramento Running Association partners. Keep an eye out!


Lock in now for 2022 at the special lowest price of $139 with the "Re-Run" Registration option that opens on Monday, Dec 6.  Limited spots available at the low price.  Look for the "Re-Run" Registration link on the CIM website after the race and in the Virtual Goody Bag!