USATF Marathon Championships

California International Marathon CIM Elite Award Ceremony

“Sacramento has a rich history of hosting national and world class running events. …it makes me proud that Sacramento continues to offer elite, competitive opportunities that parallel the high level of competition my teammates and I seek. I couldn’t be more excited that our city and running community will play host to both the US Track and Field Championships and the US Marathon Championships this year.”
-Kim Conley – 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympian and Sacramento-area resident

“I believe the U.S. Marathon will have wonderful support (in Sacramento) and I really hope to be a part of it. SRA has really supported me well and takes such pride in supporting our sport. It would be an honor to race the U.S. Marathon Championships in Sacramento.”
-Lauren Jimison Totten – 2016 CIM, 3rd place and Sacramento-area native

“The great thing about hosting the marathon is that the conditions for CIM (in December) are usually perfect for record-fast times. This exposure will put Sacramento and CIM in the spotlight as a must-do race for elite athletes among other runners targeting fast times in the distance. Elite men and women alike can expect a relatively flat to gently rolling hills course with great spectators throughout the course and great weather to run fast times. I am excited for American distance running, particularly in the marathon, as adding CIM to the U.S. championship circuit is another step in the right direction to develop the sport.”
-Daniel Tapia – 2016 CIM, 3rd place and 2012 CIM, 1st place

“It’s great that one of California’s best races secured the U.S. Marathon Championships. It’s fantastic news for the Northern California running community.”
-Sara Hall – 2016 NYC Marathon, 3rd American and Northern California native

“I was thrilled to hear the news that CIM will be hosting the 2017 and 2018 USATF Marathon Championships. Our group enjoyed the entire 2016 race weekend experience and we would love to come back and do it all again next year with even bigger stakes on the line.”
-Ben Rosario – Coach/President Northern Arizona Elite

To be considered for the 2018 USATF Marathon Championship field, CIM Sub-Elite field, or Seeded Start field, please complete this application.

USATF Marathon Championship Time Standards

Women: sub 2:46 marathon or sub 1:18 half marathon

Men: sub 2:22 marathon or sub 1:07 half marathon

The CIM Seeded Start field is available to athletes who have not met the above standards, but who have hit the following time standards: Women sub 2:55 marathon/sub 1:22 half, Men sub 2:30 marathon/sub 1:10 half.

Time standards should have been reached in the past 2 years.

For additional information email Danielle Domenichelli at

CIM USATF Marathon Championship Prize Purse

Athletes must be US Citizens currently representing the United States in international competition and have a valid USATF membership to be eligible for the above prize purse.

Performance Bonuses (athletes only able to earn ONE performance bonus):
  • American Record: $10,000 (available to one athlete per gender)
  • Course Record: $5,000 (available to one athlete per gender)
  • Olympic Trials A Standard: $1500 (available to all athletes that reach standard)
  • Olympic Trials B Standard: $500 (available to all athletes that reach standard)
Bib Guarantee Bonuses:

Field seeded and bib numbers assigned 7 days prior to race Bib number guarantees to top-10 bib numbers in descending order.

Bib (M)GuaranteeBib (W)Guarantee
#11 and up$0#11 and up$0

Runner must finish race to receive guarantee

Bib Displacement Bonuses:

$100 bonus for every bib number displaced by an athlete (eg: if athlete wearing bib #7 finishes in 4th place, they will receive $300 bonus). Athlete can only receive displacement bonuses by finishing in the top-10. Bibs #11 and up all start will the value of 11

Prize Money & Bonuses Notes:
  • Athletes must be accepted into the National Championship field or CIM Sub-Elite field prior to December 1st to be eligible for any prize money or bonuses.
  • All CIM prize money will be determined by gun (official) time.
  • To be eligible for prize money and bonuses, athletes must never have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs
  • Athletes must be US Citizens currently representing the United States in international competition to be eligible for the Marathon Championship prize purse and Olympic Trials qualifying bonus.
CIM Course Description
  • Point-to-point course
  • Net-downhill with minimal turns
  • Rolling hills for first 21 miles, flat & fast last 5 miles
  • USATF certified and sanctioned
  • Not AIMS eligible (net drop greater than 1m/km)
  • Course preview link
CIM Awards Ceremony

An awards ceremony will be held at the CIM finish line to honor the top 10 men and women. The award ceremony will be held at approximately 11:00am on the stage at 10th St & Capitol Mall.

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.

Pacific Association/USATF Athletes

The 2018 CIM is the Pacific Association/USATF Marathon Championship for all age divisions. Athletes on the 2018 Comp List can email for entry instructions. Athletes must have a valid PA-USATF membership on race day to be eligible for the below listed PA-USATF prize purse.


PA-USATF Prize Money

The awarding of all PA-USATF prize money will be determined according to Grand Prix rules and managed by PA-USATF.


Open Men/WomenIndividual1$250
Open Men/WomenTeam1$250
Master Men/WomenIndividual1$135
Master Men/WomenTeams1$135
Senior Men/WomenIndividual1$50
Senior Men/WomenTeams1$65
Super Senior Men/WomenIndividual1$25
Super Senior Men/WomenTeams1$35
Veteran Men/WomenIndividual1$25