Self-Seeded Start Staging Area Information

Expected Finish TimeStaging EntranceEntrance LocationEntrance Closes
Under 3:05Staging Area 1East side of Folsom-Auburn Road near Start Line7:00 AM
3:05-3:24:59Staging Area 2East side of Folsom-Auburn Road7:02 AM
3:25-3:54:59Staging Area 3East side of the road near the Folsom Lake Crossing intersection7:05 AM
3:55-4:15Staging Area 4West side near Folsom Lake Crossing Intersection7:05 AM
4:15+Staging Area 5On the west side of the road in the Folsom Lake Crossing intersectionRemains Open

CIM is run on a point-to-point course, which means that the starting line is 26.2 miles away from the finish point.

Take the Start Line Bus!

FREE busing provided by Visit Sacramento and the Folsom Tourism Bureau.

  • Both local and out-of-town runners are encouraged to take the bus that is provided as part of both the marathon and relay registration.
  • Parking at bus pick-up locations is not CIM specific, park at your own risk.
  • Buses leave pick-up locations: A1, A2 and B (Downtown), at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
  • Buses leave pick-up location C (Point West) at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
  • Buses leave pick-up locations: D and E (Folsom), at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
  • Buses will stay at the start area and runners may stay on their buses until about 15 minutes before the start of the race.
  • There are no finish line buses that transport runners back to the start or back to their hotels after the race, unless you are a guest of the Folsom and Point West partner hotels.
  • Click HERE for more hotel information.

Bus Pick-Up Locations:

Pick-Up Location A1

11th St & J St, south side of J St (Wells Fargo Parking Garage)

Pick-Up Location A2

11th St & K St, south side of K St (Ambrosia Café)

Pick-Up Location B

L Street east of 3rd St, north side (next to the City of Sacramento parking garage)

Pick-Up Location C

Exposition Blvd & Tribute Road

Pick-Up Location D

261 Iron Point Rd, Folsom (Century Theater 14 parking lot)

Pick-Up Location E

270 Palladio Pkwy, Folsom (Whole Foods Market parking lot)

Runner Drop-Off Shuttle Locations Near Start Area:

  • Runners may not drive themselves to the runner drop-off locations near the start. These sites are drop-off only as there is no race parking and no return transportation from the Finish Line. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the runner drop-off locations due to the inevitable traffic congestion.
  • Drivers, there is no vehicle access to the start and spectators are not allowed in the Start Area.
  • Shuttle buses will be running continuously from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. from the three (3) shuttle locations.
  • Once the shuttle buses arrive at the start runners will be required to exit the shuttle bus.  Runners will not be allowed to stay on the shuttle buses.

Drop Off Locations:

Shuttle Location 1:

9580 Oak Avenue Parkway Folsom, CA 95630

*Best for runners coming from the west and Hwy 80 corridor (Roseville, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, etc.)

Shuttle Location 2:

6612 Folsom-Auburn Road Folsom, CA 95630

*Best for runners coming from the south, east and Hwy 50 corridor (Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Elk Grove, etc.)

Shuttle Location 3:

8595 Auburn-Folsom Road Granite Bay, CA 95746

*Best for runners coming from the north and Hwy 80 corridor (Roseville, Citrus Heights, Rocklin, Auburn, etc.).

Please note: The north drop-off location has become Shuttle Location 3. Your bib will not get you through the road closure at Eureka Rd. All runners must take official buses to the start line.

Getting to the Relay Exchanges:

Relay Leg 1 (CIM Start Line: 7550 Folsom-Auburn Rd, Folsom)

  • Relay runners should follow the same protocol as marathon runners for getting to the start.
  • Bus transportation from relay exchange zone 1 (end of leg 1) is available for all relay runners back to the marathon finish at the State Capitol.
  • There are no buses that transport runners back to the start or back to their hotels.

Relay Leg 2 (Relay Exchange #1: 8097 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights)

  • Do not take the bus to the marathon start!
  • Relay runners are allowed to take the bus or may have someone drop them off at the relay exchange zone.
  • Bus transportation will ONLY be available from Pick-up Location A1 (J St & 11th St, stage on southwest corner).
  • Buses leave at 6:30 a.m.
  • Bus transportation from relay exchange zone 2 (end of leg 2) is available for all relay runners back to the marathon finish at the State Capitol.
  • There are no buses that transport runners back to the start of leg 2 or back to their hotels.

Relay Leg 3 (Relay Exchange #2: 4010 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael)

  • Do not take the bus to the marathon start!
  • Relay runners are allowed to take the bus or may have someone drop them off at the relay exchange zone.
  • Bus transportation will ONLY be available from Pick-up Location A1 (J St & 11th St, stage on southwest corner).
  • Buses leave at 7:00 a.m.
  • Bus transportation from relay exchange zone 3 (end of leg 3) is available for all relay runners back to the marathon finish at the State Capitol.
  • There are no buses that transport runners back to the start of leg 3 or back to their hotels.

Relay Leg 4 (Relay Exchange #3: 2577 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento)

  • Do not take the bus to the marathon start!
  • Relay runners are allowed to take the bus or may have someone drop them off at the relay exchange zone.
  • Bus transportation will ONLY be available from Pick-up Location A1 (J St & 11th St, stage on southwest corner).
  • Buses leave at 7:30 a.m.
  • There are no buses that transport runners back to the start of leg 3 or back to their hotels.