Elite Athlete Information

California International Marathon CIM Elite Award Ceremony
CIM Elite Athletes

To apply for acceptance into the California International Marathon’s Elite field, please complete this application by July 1st, 2023

CIM Elite Entry Standards

Females: 2:42:00 marathon or 1:15:30 half-marathon
Males: 2:20:30 marathon or 1:05:00 half-marathon

Entry standards should have been attained with-in the past 3 years on a USATF or World Athletics certified and sanctioned course. Additional race distances and considerations may be possible in place of the above standards.

Seeded Start Athletes

If you do not qualify for the above listed comped entry, but have run under one of the below times you can qualify for the seeded start corral and a discounted entry ($149). To be considered, please complete the same application by July 1st or as soon as possible for case-by-case consideration.

Seeded Start Field Standards:
Females: 2:49:00 marathon or 1:19:30 half marathon
Males: 2:27:00 marathon or 1:08:30 half marathon

2023 CIM Prize Purse

Male & Female
1st – $10,000
2nd – $8,000
3rd – $6,000
4th – $4,000
5th – $2,000

Time Bonuses

  • $500 USATF Olympic Trials Time Bonus (capped at $30,000 and prorated if over 60 U.S. athletes run under the OTQ time)
  • Course Record Bonus, contact elites@runsra.org for more information

To be eligible for the CIM Prize Purse athletes must be accepted into either the elite or seeded start field.

PAUSATF Comped Athletes

Please email elites@runsra.org for the comp code before race sell-out

CIM Course Description
  • Point-to-point course
  • Net-downhill with minimal turns
  • Rolling hills for first 21 miles, flat and fast last 5 miles
  • USATF certified and sanctioned
  • Net drop greater than 1m/km

Code of Ethics Statement:
In order to apply for elite entry and race for prize money at the CIM, athletes should have a clean drug test record. The CIM will immediately disqualify any athlete that tests positive for using performance enhancing drugs. Prize money and incentive bonuses will not be awarded to athletes that test positive for performance enhancing drugs. Athletes returning from a drug suspension will not be recruited, and they will not be offered food, lodging, or travel assistance to the California International Marathon or any other Sacramento Running Association events.