General Marathon Information

Date / Time / Place:

The marathon will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2018, near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Course Re-Open:
  • 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.
Marathon Divisions:

Age divisions are determined by age of entrant on race day.

  • USATF Marathon National Championship: 39-years-old and under
  • Masters: 40-years-old and older
  • 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
  • Vision Impaired
  • Pushrim Wheelchairs
Event Rules:

Please visit the CIM Event Rules page for additional information.

Race Number:

All CIM participants must wear an official race 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.

Gear Check:
  • You may bring your warm-pre race clothes to the start of the marathon (or to the start of your relay leg), and it will be transported to the finish for you.
  • Gear bags will be clear. The clear bag you receive at packet pick-up is the only bag acceptable to check on race day into the gear trucks at the start. Other bags will NOT be accepted.
  • Marathon & Relay Leg 1: To identify your bag, write your bib number with a marker in the colored box printed on the clear bag. Do NOT place anything of value in your bag, especially car keys or cell phones. The SRA is not responsible for lost items. Before the start of the race, hand your bag to a volunteer at the start area bag trucks that will transport your bag to the finish.
  • Relay Leg 2-4: To identify your bag, write your bib number with a marker in the colored box printed on the clear bag. Do NOT place anything of value in your bag, especially car keys or cell phones. The SRA is not responsible for lost items. Relay participants will be allowed to leave the clear bags on the bus. Those bags will be transported to the finish.
  • At the finish line, claim your bag, located past 10th St. to the right of the State Capitol steps.
Aid Stations:
  • 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.
  • CLIF Shot Energy Gels, CLIF Bar Minis and fruit will be provided at 4 locations on course.
  • CLIF Shot 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.
Awards Ceremony:

An awards ceremony will be held at the CIM finish line to honor the top 3 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

From the expo to the finish line….Find your answers here!

 

Registration

Am I already registered for CIM 2018?

Please visit the marathon registration page and select the red “Am I Registered?” button to verify your entry to CIM.

When is the 2018 California International Marathon?

The 2018 CIM will be held Sunday, December 2. Registration opened in early March.

How can I confirm my registration after I sign up online?

Participants that have registered online can confirm their participation immediately. Click here to confirm your registration. Be sure to enter in your first name, last name and email exactly like you did when you registered.

Can I defer my entry to next year if I am unable to run this year?

Yes, you’ve spoken and we listened! Please visit the deferral page for additional details.

I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?

No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: Sale, transfer, or duplication of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited, no exceptions, and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable, however we do offer a deferral program.

What if the race is canceled?

The CIM will go on rain or shine–a little weather won’t stop us! However, the Sacramento Running Association reserves the right to cancel the race at any time at its sole discretion. Causes for race cancelation may include (but are not limited to) hazardous and potentially dangerous weather, unsafe course conditions, or governmental intervention. In the case of an event cancelation, registrants are not entitled to a refund.

Is there an age requirement to run the CIM, CIM Relay Challenge or maraFUNrun 5k?

There is no age requirement to run any event at the CIM. The CIM Board of Directors and staff recommend that you consult your doctor if you have any questions whether you or your child should participate in the race.

How can I make a change to my registration information (i.e. misspelling, address, e-mail, t-shirt size)?

You can e-mail info@runsra.org with “Change of Information” in the subject line or call the Sacramento Running Association office at 916-737-2627 and a member of our staff will assist you. Please contact us before November 1, any other changes must be made at the solutions desk at the expo. Note: T-shirt sizes CAN NOT be changed after November 1.

I didn’t receive/deleted a payment confirmation email after I registered? Can you resend it to me?

Please email info@runsra.org to request a resend of the confirmation email.

Can I switch from the marathon to the relay?

No, however we do offer a deferral program. If you plan to run the relay this year but have already registered for this year’s marathon, we recommend that you defer your marathon entry to next year and register for this year’s relay.

Why am I paying $49 to defer my marathon registration?

The $49 deferral fee is an administrative fee that covers costs already incurred this year and the administration and management of this program.

I want to run the relay but don’t have a team. Can you help me find teammates?

We have set up an event on the CIM Facebook page to allow runners to get together and formulate relay teams. You can visit the relay friend finder page here.

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Expo and Packet Pick-Up

Where and when is the Health & Fitness Expo and packet pick-up?

The CIM Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center located at 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Expo will be open on Friday, November 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m and on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If I am a vendor interested in purchasing booth space the expo, or if I am interested in promoting my race, product, charity, etc., who should I contact?

Expo exhibitor information can be found here.

Do I have to pick up my participant packet, participant bag and race shirt at the Expo?

Yes. All participants must pick up their event-issued bib number, technical shirt and Participant Bag at the CIM Health & Fitness Expo. We do not mail out participant packets, bags or shirts that are not picked up at the CIM Health & Fitness Expo. There is NO race day packet pick-up!

Can I pick up my participant packet, participant bag and race shirt on the day of the race?

There is NO race day packet pick-up!

Can a friend pick up my packet for me if I cannot attend the expo?

Yes. You may have someone else pick up your packet for you by following a few simple steps:

  • Complete the Race Packet Pick-Up Authorization Form.
  • Have your friend bring the form along with a copy of your photo ID to YOUR designated alphabetical line at the Expo.
  • If you plan on picking up multiple bibs, expect to stand in multiple lines.

 

Where do I pick up my 35th annual CIM swag bag?

Your swag bag will be given to you at Packet Pick-up with your bib.

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Transportation

The marathon course is point-to-point. What’s the best way to get to the start?

Take the bus! Detailed information about getting to the start is available here.

Do I need to pay for my bus or shuttle transportation to the start?

No. Bus and shuttle transportation from the designated pick-up locations is part of the marathon and relay registration. There are no additional fees. Learn more about getting to the start here.

Do you have recommendations on where runners should stay?

Yes. The Sacramento Running Association has identified several area partner hotels. A detailed map with hotel information can be found here.

How do I get back to my hotel after the race?

The CIM does not offer bus transportation back to area hotels. Runners staying at partner hotels in Folsom will receive bus transportation back to their hotels. More information can be found on the Hotel Information page here.

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Race

What time does the race start?

The marathon starts at 7:00 am. First leg relay runners will start with marathon runners. The maraFUNrun 5k starts at 7:30 am.

Where does the marathon start and finish?

The marathon starts near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. First leg relay runners will start with marathon runners. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento.

Where does the maraFUNrun 5k start and finish?

The maraFUNrun 5k starts and finishes at 9th and Capitol Mall near the State Capitol building in downtown Sacramento.

Where are the relay exchange zones?

  • 1st runner starts with the marathoners at 7 a.m. near Folsom Dam (click here for more info on getting to the Start)
  • 2nd runner starts near the 7.3-mile mark at 8097 Greenback Lane (Greenback Ln. & Fair Oaks Blvd)
  • 3rd runner starts near the 13.5-mile mark at 4010 Manzanita Avenue (Manzanita Ave. & Fair Oaks Blvd.)
  • 4th runner starts near the 20.5-mile mark at 2577 Fair Oaks Boulevard (Munroe Street & Fair Oaks Blvd.)

Is there a time limit to complete the marathon?

Yes. The marathon course route re-opens at a 6-hour finish time (13:44 minutes/mile pace). The finish line closes shortly after 1:00pm.

Does the CIM have start corrals?

No. Runners self-seed according to pace.

Do you have a training program?

Yes! Learn more about the Official CIM Training Program here.

Do you offer pace teams?

Yes, the best in the business! Learn more about the CIM Pace Team presented by Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento, and all Pace Team leaders here.

Will my family and friends be able to track me during the race?

Yes. Runner tracking will be available prior to the event. Information will be available on the home page of this site during race week.

Do you score the race by gun time or chip time?

Age group awards are determined by chip time, and chip time is used to determine Boston qualifying times. Monetary awards are determined by gun time.

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Course

Can I bring a bag with me to the start?

Yes, you may bring the clear bag that we provided at Packet Pick-up. Please review the information provided about Gear Check here.

How many aid stations are on the course?

There will be 17 aid stations staffed by cheering volunteers from local schools, service clubs, and community groups. Each will have water, an electrolyte replenisher fluid (nuun), portable toilets and medical personnel.

Is there nutrition available on the course?

CLIF Shot Energy Gel, CLIF Bar Minis and fruit will be provided at 4 aid stations on the course, as well as sliced fruit and single-serve baked goods.

What do I do if I can’t finish under 6 hours or at all?

If you are behind the CHP sweep 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.

Is the CIM a Boston Qualifier?

Yes. Last year almost a quarter of CIM finishers ran Boston-qualifying times on “the fastest course in the West!”

Can I run with an iPod/headphones?

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.

Are skates, skateboards, bikes or carriages of any kind allowed on the CIM course?

No. No bicycles, unicyles, tricycles, inline skates, blades, skateboards, or strollers! If a medical condition requires that you use a handcrank or other non-tradtional wheelchair to participate in CIM please see our event rules page for our USATF ADA accomodations policy.

I live along the race course. Where can I find out about race day street closures?

Join the fun! Residents are encouraged to visit the free CIM Health & Fitness Expo, volunteer during race weekend, and/or line the course to cheer runners. Information about road closures can be found here.

Where are the timing mat locations on course?

The timing mats are located at 10k, mile 13.1, and mile 20.0.

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General

How do I volunteer for the CIM?

Learn more about volunteer opportunities here. You may also send an email to volunteer@runsra.org.

Where can I purchase my photos following the race?

A link to the official race photos provided by SportPhoto will be posted on the Results & Photos page here shortly after the CIM.

What are the race records?

The men’s course record was set in 1993 by Jerry Lawson with a time of 2:10:27. The women’s course record was set in 2014 by Volha Mazuronak with a time of 2:27:33. All course records can be found here.

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