Project 26.20

“Go the distance!”


PROJECT 26.20 In-Person Event Cancelled

Due to the sudden and unprecedented rise in COVID rates and the immediate changes in public health mandates at the state and local level, we were just notified by County Health officials that the in-person event scheduled for Sunday cannot take place this weekend.

We understand this is an eleventh hour decision that was made by our Sacramento County Public Health Department, and we know it causes inconvenience and disappointment for many people.

County Health feels good about our procedures and protocols for in-person racing and wants us to assure everyone that they want to help us bring back racing for our community soon. But given the current conditions, this weekend is not the time; so we will continue to work with them to bring back in-person running events in the near future.

We know all of you have worked so hard to persist to still get 26.2 (or 13.1) out of 2020, and are raring to go this weekend.  The Project 26.20 virtual event is still available and you are already registered for it as part of your in-person event registration.  The virtual event is open until Dec. 13th.  We will mail out all finisher items after the virtual event wraps up.  More info about the virtual event is given below.

We regret that we cannot celebrate your achievement with you in-person this weekend.  We will provide more info about a potential event rescheduling, refunds, and the mailing of finisher items in a few days.

Anyone that was signed up for the in-person event has two options at this point:

Option 1 – request a refund for the in-person component of Project 26.20.  You will remain registered for the virtual Project 26.20 event and your finisher items will be mailed to you at the completion of the event on Dec 13.

Option 2 – request an full entry credit into any upcoming  2021 SRA event (until Aug 31), including the “rerun” of this event that we hope to host as soon as we get clearance again from the county.  This option helps to support SRA’s efforts to bring in-person racing back to the region. Please fill out this Google Form to indicate which option you are choosing. 

You have until December 31 to respond.

We are determined to get 26.2 out of 2020.

In-Person Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday, December 6th

Race Start and Finish Location:

Start & Finish: Rio Americano High School
4540 American River Dr, Sacramento, CA 95864

Race Registration:

To register for Project 26.20 and the in-person event, please click here

If you are already registered for Project 26.20, you will still need to add the in-person race option. Please follow the instructions on our registration page

If you want to run with a friend, make sure to sign up for the same wave. Only runners scheduled for each wave will be allowed into the start area.

Please make sure to read our participant agreement before registering.

There will be NO race day registration for this event.


There is FREE parking at Rio Americano High School and the surrounding neighborhood. Please be considerate to our neighbors.

Starting Waves:

During registration, runners will select their desired starting wave. Waves are limited to 50 runners and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If your desired wave is full, you are able to register for any other open wave.



Report Time

Expected Finish Time

Pace (min/mile)



3:30 and under

8:00 and faster























Report Time

Expected Finish Time

Pace (min/mile)



1:40 and under

7:40 and faster





















Please report to “check in” at your report time. You will be starting the race within 15 minutes of your report time and will no longer have access to amenities such as portalets. Please come to “check in” prepared to race. You will not be allowed into the check-in area until your report time.

Participants are required to maintain 6 feet of social distance from fellow participants and to wear a face covering in all event spaces and during all warm-ups.

Health Screening:

In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Sacramento County Public Health, each participant will take part in a mandatory health screening at their scheduled report time. Participants who have had symptoms or a positive test in the last 14 days (or exposure to someone with symptoms or a positive test in the last 14 days) will be asked to leave the event.

During bib pickup, participants will agree to follow a set of guidelines for each operational area including wearing a face covering, social distancing, and proper race etiquette. Click here to access required participant agreement.

Race Cutoff Times:

Marathon: 7 hours. If you plan to take five or more hours to complete the marathon, please sign up for Wave F.

Half-Marathon: 3 hour and 15 minutes. If you plan to take 2 hours and 20 minutes or more to complete the half-marathon, please sign up for Wave M.

Course Map:

Certified courses:
Half Marathon

Fueling & Hydration:

Due to health and safety precautions, we ask our runners to be semi-self reliant with their fueling and hydration needs during the race.

However, the Project 26.20 Marathon offers 10 aid stations with limited amenities including water and nuun Performance. CLIF Gel Shots will be available at bib pick-up only.

Bib and T-Shirt Pickup:

Bib and T-Shirt Pickup will occur at the Sacramento Running Association office during the following window. The SRA office is located at 4181 Power Inn Dr. Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95826.

Packet pick up is for the in-person event only.  Registered runners not joining us for the in-person event will have their items shipped to them at the conclusion of the event. 

  • Tuesday, December 1st, 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 2nd, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday, December 4th, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday, December 5th, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • There will be no race day packet pick-up available

Please come prepared with your mask and signed participant agreement.


Project 26.20 In-Person Results

  • Custom medals for all Marathon and Half-Marathon finishers! Note – Amenity Free runners will not receive a medal.
  • We reserve all finishers medals for finishers only and do not provide extra medals or ‘buddy’ medals for any of our events.
  • No age-group or overall awards for this event
COVID-19 Precautions:

Health Waiver and Agreement

  • All staff, volunteers and participants will sign an agreement detailing the SRA COVID-19 health and safety policies and practices. Click here to access required participant agreement.

Stay at Home Policies
Staff, volunteers and participants will be instructed to remain at home if:

  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 or have experienced signs/symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of the event
  • They have been in  close contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of the event

Face Covering Policy
Face coverings will be required for all staff, volunteers and participants in event spaces, specifically areas of high traffic. These event spaces include but are not limited to start area, aid stations, finish area, etc.

  • Participants are not required to wear face coverings while running on course, but will be required to wear them directly after crossing the finish line
  • Participants are required to provide their own face coverings

Social Distancing Policy

  • All event spaces and timelines are designed to allow for plenty of room between participants, staff, and volunteers
  • Staff, volunteers and participants are required to maintain 6 feet of social distance from fellow participants at all times

Participant Responsibilities

  • nuun and water will be provided on course
  • Non-fluid nutrition will not be provided on course but will be provided at by SRA at packet pick-up
  • Participants understand that the current health situation is dynamic and ever-changing. Changes to the event may happen with short  notice. Reading race communications (emails/newsletters)  and checking the race website often will be essential to staying up-to-date on race plans and procedures
  • Participants agree to complete required health screening
  • Participants agree to follow all event signage, physical barriers, visual markers and broadcast announcements to help maintain proper social distancing in all event spaces
  • Participants agree to view/read all educational material outlining event operations and procedures prior to race day. Detailed videos will be produced to demonstrate  race operations and processes
  • Participants agree to carry all non-fluid nutritional items with them course
  • Participants will be selecting their race day report time and agree to arrive at the  assigned time
  • Participants understand that gear check will not be available at any location on race day
  • Participants are encouraged to research and abide by local and national travel restrictions and quarantine guidelines

Participants will be encouraged to email questions regarding the event or registration issues to before race weekend to avoid visiting the solutions booth or information booth at packet pick-up


    • Spectators will not be permitted at any event location including the start area, start line, course, aid stations, finish line or finish area


Rules and Guidelines for All Entrants:
  • No pets.
  • No unregistered runners, walkers, spectators or pacers.
  • Wearing headphone, iPods or Walkman-type radios is discouraged.
  • No bicycles, unicycles, tricycles, inline skates, blades, or skateboards are allowed in any race!
  • Baby joggers are not allowed in the Marathon, or half marathon.
  • Hand crank bicycles are not allowed at the Project 26.20 Marathon and there is no official hand crank division. If you are a disabled athlete who would like to participate in a hand crank bicycle, you may request an accommodation through USA Track & Field’s ADA Accommodations Request process. (Please note: Evaluation of this request may take 4-6 weeks.)
  • Runners who do not finish within the cut-off times should not expect on-course support (medical, aid stations, course marshals) and may not receive an official finish time.
  • No one other than the runner who officially registered may use the bib number with timing tag issued to that runner. Transferring and/or selling your bib is illegal.
  • Bib numbers must not be altered, should be worn on the front of the runner, and be clearly visible at all times.