California International Marathon

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Test yourself in the California International Marathon which has been running for almost four decades. Hosting the best of the best and novices alike, the course is a point to point route with a 340m elevation drop. Come along for the epic race day atmosphere or for the chance to clock a PB.
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Sun, Dec 4, 2022
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Sacramento, United States
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Where and when
Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Start times
Sun, Dec 4, 2022
Races summary
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Route information
The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard Marathon course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento. 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.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medals
  • Painter jacket
  • Official CIM merchandise
  • Free recovery massage
  • Medical tent and care
  • Official finisher photo opportunity
  • Finisher food
  • Beer Garden
  • Post-race party
  • Finish Line Area Gear Check
  • #1 Boston Qualifier
How to get there
Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
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By Car
The finish line area can be reached at the end of the I-275
There are a number of parking lots within walking distance of the start line.
Start Line Buses
There will be four locations where buses leave to head to the start line
  • N street between 10th and 13th, bus loading at 5am
  • 1780 Tribute Road, bus loading at 5am
  • 261 Iron Point Rd, bus loading at 5:30am
  • 270 Palladio Pkwy, bus loading at 5:30am
Event day logistics
12pm to 7pm Packet pick up and Expo
9pm to 5pm Packet pick up and Expo
5am N street and Tribute Road Start Line Buses start loading
5:30am Iron Point Rd and Palladio Pkwy Start Line Buses start loading
7am Marathon starts
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Sacramento Running Association
The Sacramento Running Association (SRA) is a community-based non-profit that promotes the sport of running
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Is the Capital 5k happening at the California International Marathon 2021?
No, unfortunately the 5k race has been cancelled this year. It is planned to be back in 2022.
Are pets allowed at the California International Marathon?
No, unfortunately pets will not be allowed at the event.
Are spectators allowed a the start line of the California International Marathon?
No, there is no spectator access at the start line.
8 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
BicepFlexChallenging course
ThumbsUpWell organized
Did the race in 2022
My partner has graveyard shifts this marathon started at the end of his shift and he's now been stuck across the street from our apartment for 4 hours cause you guys blocked off every possible entrance. Such poor course planning do better
Did the race in 2022
You block off every road to get to hwy 50. EVERY ROAD! All the way down fair oaks so no one can get through. An hour late to work in and ER but "running" takes priority. Figure out a different route. People don't need 4 LANES to run along. Sidewalks and trails work just fine. Thanks you for making me late for the first time in my career.
Did the race 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 race in 2018
Stay composed, for every uphill there's a bigger downhill. Make sure you got your fuel intake down.
Did the race 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 race in 2018
Register early as this is a popular race and will likely sell out. Early registration saves money.
Did the race in 2018
Dont forget to train for hills!
Did the race 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.
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