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.

In 2017 the 35th California International Marathon team received numerous awards for their sustainability efforts:

  • Innovator of the Year Award from the Green Sports Alliance
  • Gold Level Sustainability Certification through the Council for Responsible Sport
  • Breathe California Sacramento Region – Clean Air Award for Sustainability
  • Sacramento Environmental Commission Award

Did you know included in those efforts that 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 Expo and Finish Line to discard your waste in the correct container
  • Throw your gels wrappers in the especially market CLIF boxes as your run by the aid stations
  • 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

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.