General Marathon Information
(All information subject to change)
- All CIM participants will be REQUIRED to produce either of the following to participate in the race…
- Proof of a complete vaccination series OR
- Negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of race day (starting Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 am).
- Participants must bring to the Expo an original paper copy, digital copy, photocopy, or photo of their vaccination or negative test proof.
The following is acceptable for proof of negative COVID-19 test and results: PCR and antigen tests, including rapid tests, are all acceptable. Test results must be from a test provider or laboratory and show the patient’s name, type of test performed, date of test and negative test result. Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test result: a printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) showing test result or an electronic test result (email, text message, or mobile application record) displayed on attendee’s phone or mobile device.
Negative results from a home test that are accessed through a CDC-approved mobile app will also be accepted, as long as the name on the results documentation matches the name on your photo ID. Following is info on a test that can be used with apps that meet the documentation requirement for matching a name with a photo ID:
BinaxNOW Home Test through the eMed digital health platform, with the ability to digitally show test results through a complementary NAVICA app: Apple | Android
Date / Time / Place:
The marathon will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021, near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento.
- The marathon course route re-opens at a 6-hour finish time (13:44 minutes/mile pace)
- A California Highway Patrolman in a vehicle traveling at approximately 13:44 minutes per mile will open the roads behind his car to regular traffic.
- If you are behind this vehicle, you must proceed on the road shoulders or sidewalks, and you are subject to pedestrian traffic laws of the City or the County of Sacramento.
- No race services (fluid stations, mile splits, traffic controls) will be available on the course for runners progressing slower than the 13:44 minute/mile pace.
- Race management will attempt to provide, but cannot guarantee, race medals, finish times, and refreshments to runners finishing after 6 hours.
Age divisions are determined by age of entrant on race day.
- Custom awards will be mailed to the top three finishers in the divisions listed below
- 5-Year Age Divisions: 19 & younger, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & older
- Pushrim Wheelchairs
- Click here for information on how to be included in our elite field and/or seeded start.
Please visit the CIM Event Rules page for additional information.
All CIM participants must wear an official bib number on the front of their body, pinned to their outer layer of clothing. Numbers must be fully visible at all times (not cut, folded or obscured). Runners who run without their bib properly attached and displayed risk not having their finish time and split times recorded and not being listed in the results.
Finish Area Gear Check:
THERE ARE NO GEAR CHECK SERVICES OFFERED AT THE START LINE. Gear check services are provided in the FINISH AREA ONLY. Any items taken on busses, shuttles, or to the start area will NOT be returned to you. All items discarded at the start line or in the first 2 miles of the course will be donated to local charities.
If there are personal items or clothing that you want at the finish line after the race, you can use our Finish Area Gear Check service that is open to receive bags beginning on Saturday Dec. 4.
Finish Area Gear Check Info:
Location: 10th Street in front of the State Capitol
Finish Area Gear Check Hours of Operation:
Accepting Gear Bags:
- Saturday, December 4 — 10:30am-6:00pm
**Note: All participants dropping off gear on Saturday will receive FREE pair of running gloves courtesy UC Davis Health. We recommend dropping off your bag on Saturday to receive the gift and avoid the rush and crowds on Sunday morning.
- Sunday, December 5 — 4:00am-4:45am (prior to bus load)
Retrieving Gear Bags After the Race:
- Sunday December 5 — 9:30am-1:30pm
- Only official clear gear check bags provided at packet pick-up will be accepted
- clearly write bib number on bag with provided permanent markers
- event is not responsible for lost or damaged items
- There will be 17 aid stations staffed by cheering volunteers from local schools, service clubs, and community groups.
- Each aid station will have water, sports drink (nuun), medical personnel, and portable toilets.
- Info on flavor and brand of fueling and hydration products available on the course is available HERE.
- GU Energy Gels and fruit will be provided at 4 locations on course.
- GU Energy Gels supplies and flavors will vary. If you are dependent on nutrition supplements like these, be sure to carry your own.
- Medical assistance provided by UC Davis Children’s Hospital will be available at all relay exchange areas and aid stations as well as at the finish line.
- Portable toilets will be located at each aid station and relay exchange zone along the course.
An awards ceremony will be held at the CIM finish line to honor the top overall male and female finishers at approximately 11:00 am. All other awards including division awards and relay awards will be mailed approximately 8 weeks following the event. We reserve all finishers medals for finishers only and do not provide extra medals or ‘buddy’ medals for any of our events.
Vision Impaired Information:
The California International Marathon is the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Marathon Championship. For information on this program, click here.