General Marathon Information

(All information subject to change)

COVID Requirements:
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
Event Rules:

Please visit the CIM Event Rules page for additional information.

Bib Number:

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
Reminders:
  • 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
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.
  • 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.
Awards Ceremony:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

What is a “Worry Free” voucher?

“Worry Free” registration was implemented for the 2020 running of CIM in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about the policy here.

Am I already registered for CIM 2021?

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

When is the 2021 California International Marathon?

The 2021 CIM will be held Sunday, December 5. Registration opened in early April.

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.

What if the race is canceled?

CIM intends to be held 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 WILL be refunded. Click here for more info on our full refund policy

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.

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Expo and Packet Pick-Up

Where and when is the CIM Expo and packet pick-up? 

The CIM Expo will be held at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center 1400 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The Expo will be open on Friday, December 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m and on Saturday, December 4 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 Expo. We do not mail out participant packets, bags or shirts that are not picked up at the CIM 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. Learn more here.
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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?

Runners staying at partner hotels in Folsom, and Point West, 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?

Wheeled athletes start at 6:53am. Ambulatory athletes with disabilities start at 6:55am. Marathon mass start at 7:00 am. First leg relay runners will start with mass start marathon runners.

Can I bring a bag with me to the start?

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.  For more information about Finish Line Gear Check click here.

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 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 13.5-mile mark at 4010 Manzanita Avenue (Manzanita Ave. & 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?

For information on start staging click here.

What is CIM’s transgender/transsexual athlete inclusion policy?

In accordance with industry standards set by United States Track and Field and the Road Runners Club of America, the California International Marathon times and scores its participants as the gender that they self-identify at the time they register for the race. The athlete must present a government-issued ID at bib number pickup, and the gender identity on that ID must match the gender identity on the bib number. If there is a mismatch, we will address those inquiries on a case-by-case basis.

A registrant may also decline to declare a gender; in which case, they will not be scored by gender, eligible for gender-relevant awards, or listed as part of gender-relevant official results.

As it relates to using CIM performances as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, CIM’s transgender/transsexual athlete inclusion policy is aligned with Boston Marathon’s policy.

In an effort to facilitating fair competition with regards to gender categorization in instances where an athlete may be eligible for prize money, records, or awards of value, the event follows USATF and International Olympic Committee standards that allow transgender women to compete as women provided they have declared themselves so and meet certain standards for testosterone levels, and transgender men to compete as men with no restrictions.  Any athlete that would like to be considered for our elite athlete field should review the USATF and IOC policies before submitting an application.

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 New Balance, 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

What security procedures do you have in place at CIM?

For information on our security procedures, click 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?

GU Gels and fruit will be provided at 4 aid stations on the course.

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

There will be a sag bus that will take you to the finish line. If you choose not to take the sag bus and you fall 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 third 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 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 every 5k, and the halfway point.

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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 FlashFrame 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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