California International Marathon
First Timer Program

Do you want to check a marathon off of your “bucket list”? There is no better place to do just that than at the California International Marathon! Join the CIM “First-Timer” Program and let our team give you the support and inspiration to accomplish your goal and to finally say, “I ran a marathon!”

The Sacramento Running Association (SRA) is looking for people who have never run 26.2 miles to join us in our “First-Timer” Program for the California International Marathon. The program is designed to help new marathoners by providing them with a meaningful support system and valuable information geared at first-time marathoners throughout the training process and during race weekend.

  • Official CIM training plans (beginner and intermediate)
  • Personal support from CIM mentors throughout training via private Facebook group
  • Online Q+A chat sessions with CIM mentors
  • Nutrition and fueling advice
  • Invitations to “CIM University” seminars and to join in supported training runs
  • “First-Timer” meet-ups with CIM mentors at the CIM Expo
  • Special “First-Timer” marathon medal (in addition to standard finisher medal)
  • Finish line reunion tent

First-Timer Important dates
  1. Application open June 7 – June 30
  2. Acceptance emails: July 9, 2018
  3. CIM Kickoff run: August 4, 2018
  4. CIM 16-Week training: August 12, 2018
  5. Run the Parkway 20-Mile: November 4, 2018
  6. CIM: December 2, 2018