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California International Marathon

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Challenging course

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Tickets $49–$225

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Not yet ready for the full 26.2-mile marathon distance but still want to take part in the CIM fun? Round up some friends and for a team for the CIM Relay! CIM Relay teams can be 2, 3, or 4 runners, and together teams complete the full marathon distance with each runner completing a leg of 5.7-7.3 miles (distances vary on each leg). And who knows . . . this years relay runner may be next years marathon finisher!

Marathon, Marathon Relay, Capitol 5K and Capital 5K Challenge, UC Davis Children's Hospital maraFUNrun Kid's 5K.

Review summary

6 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


William R
"Stay composed, for every uphill there's a bigger downhill. Make sure you got..."


Rob G
"Its a tremendous race from start to finish. Getting all the runners bussed to..."


Kyle S
"THe race and atmosphere around the race was great. The course was set up great..."
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How to enter the California International Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Marathon Relay - 2 person team

    Run 26.2km
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  3. Marathon Relay - 3 or 4 person team

    Run 26.2mi
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  4. Capitol 5K

    Run 5km
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  5. UC Davis Children's Hospital mara FUNrun 5K

    Run 5km

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California International Marathon routes

Marathon and Marathon Relay

The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento. The relay will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019, near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The relay is held at the same time and on the same course as the individuals’ marathon.

CIM will take you through rural countryside, then through the towns of Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks and Carmichael and finally, under a canopy of trees in full fall colors, into the city of Sacramento for the State Capitol finish. Even though the course has remained the same, the race has grown into a true international event.

CIM has a gently rolling, point-to-point, net downhill course with well maintained streets and few turns. The CIM start is at a 366 ft. elevation and its finish at a 26 ft. elevation.

Capitol 5K

CAPITOL 5K - Looking for a shake-out run? Looking for a race for the whole family before the marathon? Try our Saturday morning Capitol 5k*!

CAPITOL CHALLENGE - Looking for an extra Challenge? Run the Capitol 5k AND the California International Marathon for some extra bling! If you are already registered for the marathon and want to be included in the Capitol Challenge choose the Challenge add-on.

UC Davis Children's Hospital MaraFun Kid's 5K

The UC Davis Children's Hospital maraFUNrun Kids' 5k has moved to Saturday!

This free event will be a timed fun run for the kids.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Official finisher's medals
  • Painter jacket
  • Official CIM merchandise
  • Free recovery massage
  • Medical tent and care
  • Official finisher photo opportunity
  • Finisher food
  • Beer Garden
  • Participant gear check pick-up
  • Post-race party
Raceday Logistics

Friday 6 December

12:00 - 18:00 - Packet pick up and Expo

Saturday 7 December

09:00 - 17:00 - Packet pick up and Expo

Registered runners must pick up their race materials in person with acceptable photo ID at the CIM Expo. Race packs are not mailed in advance, and cannot be collected on raceday. If you wish for someone else to collect your race pack on your behalf, you must

  • complete the packet pick up authorisation form
  • have your 'friend' bring the form along with a copy of your ID to your designated alphabetical line at the expo.

Sunday 8 December - Race Day

07:00 - Race Start

Kit List

Suitable running clothing


Spectators welcome!


The California International Marathon would not be possible without the efforts of thousands of volunteers who generously donate their time, effort, and enthusiasm to help make this race a success every year! Want to help inspire over 14,000 runners in one day? Want to join your community? Looking for a fun group project? Want to be a part of CIM? VOLUNTEER!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the California International Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes, the California International Marathon is a Boston Marathon and US Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier.
Are there food and drink stations on the course of the California International Marathon?
There are 17 well-stocked aid stations around the course, and plenty of nourishment at the finish.
When will I receive my race pack for the California International Marathon?
You will be able to collect your race pack at the CIM Expo on the Friday (12pm to 7pm) and Saturday (9am to 5pm) before the race.
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California International Marathon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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California International Marathon reviews (6)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Challenging course

Well organized

  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Its a tremendous race from start to finish. Getting all the runners bussed to the start of a point-to-point marathon with a field of close to 10,000 is a logistical nightmare Im sure but it seemed to go off without a hitch. The crowds were great, the course was perfect, the weather was phenomenal (although that really cant be planned for every year!) and the post-race area was well organized as well. I live all the way across the country but Id love to be able to come back and do this one again someday.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Stay composed, for every uphill there's a bigger downhill. Make sure you got your fuel intake down.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    THe race and atmosphere around the race was great. The course was set up great and the volunteers were excellent. The only thing that was an issue was our bus driver getting lost on the way to the start, leaving us with only 14 minutes to get to our start corral, check our bags, and use the bathroom. We were in line for our bus before 5 am and didnt board a bus till 5:30 am.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Register early as this is a popular race and will likely sell out. Early registration saves money.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Dont forget to train for hills!
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    I would have to say the course. CIM is known for having a lightning fast course, and it can be, but not every runner is suited for it. A rhythm runner, like myself, struggles with the up and down. I was having the race of my life up until mile 20 then things went bad really quick. My quads cramped worse than Ive ever experienced. Overall, its a fast course for most, but not everyone.