CIM Event Rules

Entry Rules
  • The California International Marathon entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • The California International Marathon entry fees may not be transferred under any circumstances. Individuals involved in these illegal transactions will both be disqualified.
  • The CIM is now offering a deferral program, please click here for more information.
Race Rules

The California International Marathon is organized and conducted under USA Track & Field rules. Entrants must comply with Sacramento Running Association rules and all applicable rules. Failure to comply may result in disqualification and/or a ban from future races.

  • The entrant must complete the entire official course to be considered an official finisher. Those who do not, or who are unable to finish, must NOT, under any circumstances, cross the finish line.
  • The entrant must run on the certified route: prior to the 10.5 mile mark, this includes the entire road. The certified route after the 10.5 mile point is on the RIGHT side of the course.
  • No unofficial runners are allowed on the course. No unofficial assistance of any kind may be provided to entrants. This includes pacing by a coach, friend or family member, even if this person is officially entered. The only pacers on the course are the official CIM Pace Team leaders.
  • The SRA reserves the right to disqualify any athlete whose support personnel interferes with another athlete, race operations, or does not follow the instructions of a race official.
  • The bib number must be clearly visible at all times, may not be altered in any way, and must be displayed on the front of the runner.
  • No early starters and no late starters! The starting area closes 15 minutes after the starting gun is fired, so do not be late for the start. The course starting area is monitored by the race personnel for illegal early and late starters.
  • No bicycles, unicycles, tricycles, inline skates, blades, skateboards, or strollers! The only wheeled vehicles allowed on the course are those of the wheelchair competitors and CIM officials.
  • Hand crank bicycles are not allowed at the CIM and there is no official hand crank division. If you are a disabled athlete who would like to participate in a hand crank bicycle, you may request an accommodation through USA Track & Field’s ADA Accommodations Request process. (Please note: Evaluation of this request may take 4-6 weeks.)
  • No animals are permitted in the event.
  • Prize money winners, Invited Elite Athletes, and athletes competing in the Pacific Association USATF Road Grand Prix are not allowed to wear electronic listening devices. For other runners, the use of headphones is strongly discouraged, and if directed by a race official to cease such use, the entrant must comply promptly.
  • Follow all directions from race officials and public safety personnel, including directions to stop, walk, change course (including off the pre-announced course), and remove headphones. Failure to follow these directions is a hazard to your and other participants’ safety and may result in disqualification.
Disqualification Procedure for Rule Violations

The California International Marathon is officially sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the governing body of road racing, race walking and track & field events. According to USATF sanctioning rules, USATF officials are on the course checking for rule violations and will also accept protests within 24 hours from official entrants who have observed rule violations. Race management also carefully reviews the preliminary results before declaring them official; missing times, mismatched photographs, and split time discrepancies are investigated thoroughly.