2021 CIM Relay 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 2-Person Relay 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 your photo ID, COVID vaccination card OR negative COVID test result. 
  • 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.

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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 Area (10th Street) *Don't forget to get your free gloves for checking in Saturday
5:00 pm - CIM Expo closes

6:00 pm - Gear Check closes at the Finish Area

4:00 am - Gear Check opens at the Finish Area
5:00 am - Start Line Buses depart from locations A and B (For Leg 1 only)
5:30 am - Start Line Buses depart from locations C and D  (For Leg 1 only)
5:30 - 6:30 am - Start Area Shuttle Buses running (For Leg 1 only)
7:00 am - Race start
7:00 am - Buses depart from Location A (For Leg 2 only) 
8:30 am - Sierra Nevada Beer Garden and Finish Festival opens (10th & L)

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 (for both team members) 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.


A registered runner on your relay team must pick up the team's race packet in person at the CIM Expo. This runner will pick up the materials for the ENTIRE relay team - runners will NOT be allowed to pick up their individual shirt and packet. We do not mail race materials or give them out on race day.

Relay bibs are organized by team name, in alphabetical order. Know your team name!  
Also, keep in mind, if your team name starts with the word Team (ie Team Smith) be sure to look for your team under 'T' for Team, not 'S' for Smith.  If your team name starts with a number, hashtag or other symbol be sure to tell the volunteers.

You may have someone else pick up your team packet.  The person picking up on your team's behalf will need:

  • Copy of both team member's photo IDs
  • Copy of your COVID vaccination card OR negative COVID test result for both team members
  • 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.


Need to update your team? Not a problem!  Teams can add or replace runners at the Expo, when you pick up your team's packet.  If you are registering or adding a new runner, be sure to have the runner's: Name, DOB, email address, and emergency contact phone number.  Important to note:  We can not guarantee shirt sizes for any team members registered after the November 19 deadline but we will do our best to accommodate.

If you are updating a team, pick up your packet and shirts first then head to the Relay Solutions Desk, directly in front of the relay packet pick-up.


The Relay Solutions Desk  is the place to go to update registration information and resolve any other registration questions. If you are updating a team, pick up your packet and shirts first then head to the Relay Solutions Desk. 

For all other questions or for Lost & Found, the Info Booth will be located immediately to your right when you enter the Expo. 


The relay is sold out.  New team registration will NOT be available at the Expo.   


ALL relay team members must wear an official race number on the front of their body, pinned to their outer layer of clothing during the race.  Numbers must be fully visible at all times (not cut, folded or obscured).  Teams with runners who run without their bib properly attached and displayed risk not having their finish time and split times recorded and not being listed in the results.

Runners are NOT allowed to run with more than one bib.  Runners registered in the marathon may NOT also run a leg of the relay.  Runners caught running with more than one bib will be disqualified.  

  • Your timing chip will be included in your race packet.
  • There is ONE chip per team, and it is to be worn around your ankle and handed off from one teammate to the next at each relay exchange.
  • Your chip MUST be worn around your ankle. If the chip is not worn around your ankle, your time will not be recorded.
  • Your chip is NOT disposable. Look for the chip removal volunteers shortly after you finish to return your chip.
  • Any teams not turning in their ankle band and timing chip at the end of the race will be charged for the chip and band.

Once you receive your bib at the CIM Expo, please take a few minutes before race morning to thoroughly complete the information on the back of your bib.


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 after noon on race day. 



Relay Leg 1 (CIM Start Line: 7550 Folsom-Auburn Rd, Folsom)
  • Relay runners should follow the same protocol as marathon runners for getting to the start.
  • Bus transportation from the relay exchange zone (end of leg 1) is available for all relay runners back to the marathon finish at the State Capitol.
  • There are no buses that transport runners back to the start or back to their hotels.
Relay Leg 2 (Relay Exchange #2: 4010 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael)
  • Do not take the bus to the marathon start!
  • Relay runners are allowed to take the bus or may have someone drop them off at the relay exchange zone.
  • Bus transportation will ONLY be available from Pick-Up Location A (N Street & 11th Street).
  • Buses leave at 7:00 a.m.

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  — 10:30am-6:00pm
**Note: All participants dropping off gear on Saturday will receive FREE pair of running gloves courtesy UC Davis Health. 
Sunday, December 5 — 4:00am-4:45am (prior to bus load near Location A)**Note: we recommend dropping off on Saturday to avoid lines and undo race day 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 and throw in designated bins. Do not litter the streets with unwanted clothing! 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 nine 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, presented 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.



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!