California International Marathon
First-Timer Program

Join the 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.

All first-timer applicants who apply will be accepted into the program. You MUST be register through this link to join the First-Timer Program. The First-Timer Program begins July 5. You will be invited to join the FTP Facebook group on July 5. The application deadline to join the First-Timer Program is August 15, 2023 or until capacity of 500 members

*Registration for the First-Timer Program is free and non-transferable.

  • Support from CIM mentors
  • Nutrition and fueling advice
  • Special “First-Timer” marathon medal (in addition to standard finisher medal)
  • Special deals with CIM’s Official Training Program hosted by Fleet Feet (online and in-person)

The 2024 First Timer Program will open in the spring.

Become a First-Timer Mentor

If you have previously been a part of the First-Timer program, have run multiple CIMs or enjoy guiding runners on their journey towards their first marathon, becoming a CIM First-Timer Mentor is perfect for you! 

The CIM First Timer program is looking for enthusiastic marathon runners who enjoy giving advice, providing helpful pep talks, and talking all things running related. The CIM mentor position is 100% virtual and flexible to any schedule. CIM Mentors monitor the First-Timer Program private Facebook group by commenting on First-Timer posts, providing feedback/advice, and/or sharing their own training as well! The program starts on July 5th and ends on December 3rd (race day)!

The 2024 First Timer Mentor program will open in spring.