Getting to the Start

California International Marathon busing to Start Sacramento Running Association

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!

  • 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: A and B, at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
  • Buses leave pick-up locations: C and D, 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 partner hotels. For more information about staying in Folsom and the Folsom hotels finish line buses Click HERE.
  • Click HERE for more hotel information.

Bus Pick-Up Locations:

Pick-Up Location A1

Sacramento Convention Center: J Street, between 13th St and 14th St, south side (next to the Convention Center)

Pick-Up Location A2

13th St and K St (next to the Sacramento Convention Center)

Pick-Up Location B

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

Pick-Up Location C

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

Pick-Up Location D

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

Alternative Start Area Runner Drop Off Options:

  • Runners may have someone drive them to the runner drop-off locations near the start.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the runner drop-off locations due to the inevitable traffic congestion.
  • Drivers:  Staying to watch the start is not recommended!  There is no vehicle access to the start.
  • Shuttle buses will be running continuously from 5:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. from the two (2) 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 - Village Shopping Center

9580 Oak Avenue Parkway Folsom, CA 95630

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

Shuttle Location 2 - McDonald's

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.)

Start Line Drop-off - Eureka Road and Auburn-Folsom Rd Access Point

  • At the Eureka Road and Auburn-Folsom Road intersection, a traffic control officer will ask to see your bib number to confirm you are taking runners to the start. Runners, please have your bib ready!
  • Once you have shown your bib, the officer will direct you south on Auburn-Folsom Road to the drop-off and turnaround point approximately 1/2-mile from the start on the north side. Runners, please be prepared to say your goodbyes and exit your car quickly, as one slow person can back up this whole drop-off point!
  • Cars are not allowed past the drop-off point, nor are they allowed to park there.
  • There is NO shuttle available at this drop location--runners must walk to the start.

Start Line Detail Map

2017 Start Line Detail Map CIM California International Marathon Sacramento Running Association

Click to view

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 A (Sacramento Convention Center on 13th and J Streets).
  • 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 A (Sacramento Convention Center on 13th and J Streets).
  • 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 A (Sacramento Convention Center on 13th and J Streets).
  • 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.