Sustainability

California International Marathon CIM Sustainability Sacramento Running Association SRA

The California International Marathon is more than a running event–it’s a Sacramento institution. And the Sacramento Running Association prides itself on the positive impact that the CIM has on its host city. Did you know that the CIM:

  • Has an $8 million annual economic impact on the City of Sacramento
  • Raises over $400,000 for local charities and community organizations through leveraged fundraising and direct giving every year
  • Diverts almost 4 tons of trash from the landfill every race weekend–that’s over 7,000 pounds!
  • Donates all clothes discarded at the start and along the course to Goodwill, who collect them, clean them, and gives them to local homeless and families in need
  • Funds SRA donations of over $15,000 annually to the American River Parkway Foundation and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital
  • Funds the free “SRA Kids” program, which exposes 4,000 Sacramento-area youths to running and healthy lifestyles every year through free youth track and running events

You can help the CIM be a force for good by:

  • Discarding your throwaway clothes when you see the volunteers holding the “Throw me your clothes!” signs at the Start Line and first couple Aid Stations
  • Visiting the “Sustainability Stations” at the Finish Line to discard your waste in the correct container
  • Taking public transportation to or from the Expo or on race day–or, if your legs aren’t too tired, use the free bike valet on the Capitol Mall
  • Making a donation to one of our partner charities when you register for your next race

The California International Marathon is pursuing certification as a sustainable event through the Council for Responsible Sport in 2017 . . . and with your help, we’ll get there!