California International Marathon Relay General Information

2019 information below, updated information coming early fall 2020.

Date / Time / Place:

The relay will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2020, near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento. The relay is held at the same time and on the same course as the individuals’ marathon.


Each team consists of 2, 3 or 4 runners. The approximate distance of each leg is as follows:

  • #1 – 7.3 miles
  • #2 – 6.2 miles
  • #3 – 7.0 miles
  • #4 – 5.7 miles
Exchange Locations:
  • 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.)
Getting to the Start of Your Leg:

Information about getting to the start of each relay leg is available on the Getting to the Start page here.

Getting Back to the Finish:

Buses will be on-site at each Relay Exchange to take relay runners back to the Finish Festival.

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.
Relay Divisions:

Relay divisions are for male, female or co-ed. A co-ed team must have at least two legs of the relay run by a woman. Teams with three men and one woman will be categorized as a men’s team. Teams with three women and one man are still considered a co-ed team. Overall awards will be given to the top three 3 & 4-person teams for male, female or co-ed divisions. Overall awards will also be given to the top three 2-person teams in male, female and co-ed divisions. In all categories except overall, the 2-person teams will race against 3 & 4 person teams.

  • Co-ed (team must field at least one female)
    • Co-ed Corporate
    • Co-ed Family
    • Co-ed Fitness Club
    • Co-ed High School
    • Co-ed Open
    • Co-ed Running Club
  • Female
    • Female Corporate
    • Female Family
    • Female Fitness Club
    • Female High School
    • Female Open
    • Female Running Club
  • Male
    • Male Corporate
    • Male Family
    • Male Fitness Club
    • Male High School
    • Male Open
    • Male Running Club
  • High School (only for teams entered as high school teams at $50 price)
  • Special (no gender requirements)
    • Fire/Police/Military
    • Political
Event Rules:
  • There is no “double dipping” between the marathon and the relay. Runners must chose one event or the other.
  • The relay team member must run only the leg(s) assigned to that runner. Team members must not join the member running the final leg at any time, especially not as they run the stretch to the finish.
  • All teams will have their race day photos and video audited, any team that consists of only one runner running the full marathon distance will be disqualified. The relay is intended for 2-, 3-, or 4-person teams ONLY!

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. At Packet Pick-up each team will receive a timing chip attached to an ankle bracelet which must be passed from runner to runner. Relay runners will be timed by this chip. 

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.
  • Relay Leg 1 & Marathon: 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.
  • DO NOT over fill gear check bags.
  • At the finish line, claim your bag on 10th street, to your right as you exit the CIM controlled zone.
  • Unclaimed gear check bags will be held for two weeks at the SRA office. Bags will not be shipped.
Aid Stations:
  • 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, medical supplies, medical personnel, and portable toilets.
  • Flavor and brand of electrolyte replenisher fluid available on the course will be announced shortly.
  • CLIF Shot Energy Gel, CLIF Bar Minis and fruit will be provided at 4 locations on the course.
  • CLIF supplies and flavors will vary. If you are dependent on nutrition supplements like these, be sure to carry your own in case you miss the hand outs or the supplies run out.
  • Medical assistance will be available at all Relay exchange areas and most aid stations as well as the finish line.
  • Portable toilets will be located at each aid station and relay exchange zone along the course.
Awards Ceremony:

All relay awards will be mailed 4-6 weeks following the event.

Looking for a relay team?

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 event HERE.

Vision Impaired Information:

The California International Marathon is the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Marathon Championship. Additionally, some athletes not ready to complete the full marathon compete as USABA Relay Teams. For more information on this program, click here.