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 CIM has on its host city. 

Since 2017, CIM has been a Gold Level Sustainability Certificatied race through the Council for Responsible Sport for producing a socially and environmentally responsible event. This multifaceted certification has only been completed by a handful of marathons across the nation.

In 2019, CIM will work toward recertification by implementing additional sustainable practices across the entire race weekend. Please join us in these efforts.

Help CIM continue to be a Force for Good:


  • New or gently used clothing or shoes to Goodwill at the Expo 
  • Throw us your discarded clothes at the start line. Volunteers will be waiting
  • Make a donation to one of our partner charities when you register for your next race


Find the right space for your waste! 

  • Use the  “Sustainability Stations” at the Expo, Start Line, on Course, and at the Finish Line 
  • Recycling your CLIF or nutrition wrappers in the Terracycle bins along the course
  • Use the water monsters to refill water bottles and eliminate one-time use plastic bottles


  • Take FREE Regional Transit (RT) light rail or buses to or from the Expo or on race day
  • RT Passes are available online and at the Expo
  • Use the FREE SABA bike valet on the Capitol Mall on Saturday and Sunday

The California International Marathon at work

The Sacramento Running Association (SRA) strives to have a positive impact on our communities. CIM currently:

GENERATES: a positive $11 million annual economic impact on the City of Sacramento
RAISES: more than $500,000 for local charities and community organizations through leveraged fundraising and direct giving every year
DIVERTS: nearly 4 tons — almost 7,000 pounds! — of trash from local landfills every race weekend, has removed 15,000 one time use plastic water bottles from the race, and composts near 250,000 water and Nuun cups
DONATES: more than $40,000 annually to the American River Parkway Foundation and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital

With your help, the California International Marathon will continue to be an exceptional sustainable event. The Sacramento Running Association hopes to implement sustainable practices across all their events and set the gold standard for events in the region.

Our Sustainability Partners

SMUD is proud to be the Official Clean PowerCity Partner of the Sacramento Running Association and California International Marathon. In 2020, SMUD’s power supply was more than 60 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030. For more information on SMUD’s Zero Carbon Plan and to join the charge, visit