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Overall Rating (141 Reviews)
4.7
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The California International Marathon (CIM) is a marathon organized by runners, for runners! CIM was founded in 1983 by the Sacramento Running Association (SRA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our gently rolling, point-to-point, net downhill course has remained unchanged for 33 years, providing over 100,000 runners of all speeds–from first-timers to … MORE
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    katiezulu FIRST-TIMER '17

    My husband ran the marathon so I signed up for the 5K. I enjoyed the flat out and back course that started and finished at the capitol. The early December … MORE

    My husband ran the marathon so I signed up for the 5K. I enjoyed the flat out and back course that started and finished at the capitol. The early December temperatures made it chilly when waiting for the start, but perfect for the run. I was dropped off, so I can’t say much about parking.

    The 5K is VERY kid friendly. As in about 85% of the “runners” were of elementary school age. There were enough of us to have 3 corrals, but the corrals were based on elementary school names, not times or age. Each corral started about 2 minutes after the previous corral. While I’m glad that there is a 5K option for those of us not doing the full marathon or relay, and that this race is encouraging fitness in very young ages, this 5K race needs some re-working. The race started at 7:30am, but maybe there should be a 7am start for “adults” (as in anyone that doesn’t want to worry about accidentally knocking into a kid that all of a sudden without warning stops right in front of you), and a 7:30am start for the “kids” (the elementary school kids and any adults just out for a nice Sunday walk).

    Again, I’m so happy to see fitness being encouraged with these kids, but something to keep in mind if you are an adult signing up for this race by yourself (running childless) — kids will run at an all out sprint, zig-zag around people, then just stop. Or they stop right in the middle of the everything to tie their shoe (yes, safety is good, but so is moving over to the curb so you don’t get run over). Lots of “ooooohhhhh…..we’re only at mile one!!!!” or “Mile 2????? We still have another mile to go????? Ooooohhhhh!!!!!” comments at the mile markers. Kind of funny to hear as I remember being like that.

    This race does hand out medals to finishers, but only to kid finishers. I felt a bit foolish being told I don’t get a medal when I went to get one at the end. Wish they had made that well known ahead of time. Water, Cliff Z-Bars, and bananas are also handed out at the end, to every finisher. Water is offered twice on the course, although I saw there was some confusion on where the water on the back portion was. A lot of kids were running over to the water tables set up for the out portion. Fortunately volunteers set the kids in the right direction. Maybe a sign is needed? Or an announcement at the beginning of the race?

    All in all, great race to do if one parent is running the marathon and you have kids to entertain. The final 5K finishers came in at about 1:45 minuets, so very generous cut-off times too. If I were to do this again, I would make sure to start at the very front of corral to get a head start on these speedy kids, or borrow a kid and have a nice walk.

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    jrmitch85 FIRST-TIMER '17

    No marathon is easy, for a runner like me, but this course was great. Nice rolling hills with an overall downhill. Race production is fantastic, and the best for a … MORE

    No marathon is easy, for a runner like me, but this course was great. Nice rolling hills with an overall downhill. Race production is fantastic, and the best for a race of this size. If you want to shoot for that BQ or even Olympic Standard, this is certainly the place to give it a go.

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    srosemajor FIRST-TIMER '17

    I highly recommend this race, and I am very picky! Fantastic course, weather, and competitive field. Although "fast, but not easy" is a good descriptor of this course, I think … MORE

    I highly recommend this race, and I am very picky! Fantastic course, weather, and competitive field. Although “fast, but not easy” is a good descriptor of this course, I think it’s impossible to go to this race and not run fast. It’s clear this is an event put on by runners for runners. The only thing I’d like to change about it is add a spring edition and move it all closer to my home in Missouri. 😉

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 10, 2017 at 6:56pm

    Congrats on toughing out those last few miles to earn an impressive PR, Sara! I'd agree that CIM feels too good not to run fast. And if you're looking for a speedy spring marathon to chase that 2:45, I might recommend two May options – either the super-flat (and cool) Fargo Marathon closer to you or a race here in Southern California that reminds me very much of CIM in its "by runners, for runners" mindset, and that's Mountains 2 Beach. Either way it's clear 2:45 is well within your reach, and I'll be rooting you on in your chase to get there. I'll be running Houston also, so recover well and I hope to see you there!

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    srosemajor Dec 11, 2017 at 6:44am

    Thank you and see you in Houston! :-) Thanks for the spring marathon recommendations - I've been researching. Mountains 2 Beach looks good but has too much net downhill to be eligible for the OTQ standard.

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    kyrah FIRST-TIMER '17

    Like most things that are worth it in life, the journey started way before race day. I chickened out of my first marathon attempt in July 2017 and almost immediately … MORE

    Like most things that are worth it in life, the journey started way before race day. I chickened out of my first marathon attempt in July 2017 and almost immediately jumped back on the horse training for another one. The race of choice was the 35th Annual California International Marathon. My training leading up to the race was moving along well at first, but it wasn’t long until similar patterns of missed weeks began to surface. I clawed myself back into shape repeatedly only to have it stripped from me time and time again. Dropping out of the race, although this race does offer deferrals for the next year, wasn’t an option for me. I missed my opportunity in San Francisco and watched thousands of runners pass by; I couldn’t bare to watch another chance do the same. I decided to line up and take the grade that I earned.

    Leading Up to the Race
    Long before race day I had accepted that this wouldn’t be my long sought after Boston Qualifying race. With helpful advice from several experienced marathoners, I was able to put together a plan and set goals. For those who have never run a marathon, I can now tell you from experience that there is nothing or no one that can prepare you for what you go through in a marathon. I don’t say these words to discourage, but instead to prepare you. Common advice that I received in the months leading up to the race would include:

    “respect the distance”
    “your mind will be tested”
    “it’s going to hurt”
    After hearing such advice repeatedly I began to think that marathoners are pessimistic people who don’t want new people joining their exclusive club. I nodded, smiled and usually left these conversations unscathed by their hurtful words.
    In hindsight, I now see that these words weren’t hurtful or malicious. They were intended to prepare me for the reality that I was going to face. As my wife and I sat in the hotel room on the night before the race she voiced an analogy that continues to resonate with me and my first marathon attempt. She said that she was nervous for me, and that it reminded her of how I probably felt while she was in labor with our son. She was right in more ways than one.

    Race Day Morning
    At about 4:30 am, I woke up, showered and began to put on the clothes that I had carefully laid out the night before. Unlike most races, CIM does not recommend drop offs at the starting line nor do they encourage spectators to watch the start of the race. Instead they provide shuttle buses that take you to the starting line. Our hotel of choice was at the halfway point between the starting line in Folsom, CA and the finish line in Sacramento. It had rained the night before. The air was cool, but the wind was still. As we pulled up to one of many bus pick up locations I was shocked to see the parade of school buses that circled the entire Whole Foods parking lot efficiently loading thousands of runners in a manner of minutes. The line was extremely long, but in no time I was seated on a bus that obviously wasn’t intended for anyone over the height of 5’1.
    Some runners slept while others talked to old or new friends. I was seated next to an older gentleman from the Folsom area. He too would be running his first marathon today. We talked the whole way about our journeys that led us to this day. I was candid in admitting that I hadn’t trained like I wanted to and about my aspirations for Boston. We laughed and joked for most of the trip which helped ease some of the nerves I was wrestling with. The bus parked amongst hundreds of its identical twins,each carrying 40 plus people all hoping to complete a marathon today. CIM allows you to stay on the bus to stay warm for as long as you’d like. A convenient offer being that the outside temperature was approximately 43 degrees and the sun was yet to show its face. While some got off immediately, I sat and enjoyed this luxury for about 20 minutes while enjoying a light breakfast that I had prepared the night before. Once done, I decided to venture out to see what all the fuss was about.
    The streets were packed with runners. It was now one hour before the race was scheduled to begin; too early to warm up so I figured I could go for some coffee. Near the starting line was a gas station. The place was bursting with runners all trying to stay warm, grab a bite to eat or to use the facilities. After paying for my coffee, I made my way back outside to meet up with my friend and running mentor, Onyanga. After several text messages and roaming around in circles we were able to find each other. It was now thirty minutes before the race. We shared our morning stories and plans of action over a brief warm-up jog. Following the warm-up, I went to bag check, made a brief stop by the porta-potty and lined up with the thousands of other runners. It’s game time!
    The Early Miles
    My plan of attack was pretty simple. I’d line up with the 3hr 30min pace group and run with them for the first half of the race. At this point I could assess how I felt and determine whether to push the pace or not. As the horn sounded I started my watch and began the longest race that I had ever attempted. I was warned by many that the first mile of the race is downhill and that it’s important not to get ahead of your pace goals. I listened. I monitored my watch closely for the first mile hoping to preserve all the energy I could for the many miles ahead. Mile 2 began with a slight incline which was helpful in maintaining a conservative pace. The consensus that I heard about this course was that the first half of the race is riddled with “rolling hills”. If you live in an area that has hills, you probably won’t even notice them. If anything, they were helpful in varying up the muscle groups used to conquer the distance.
    I grabbed a cup of water and a cup of nuun at every aid station I passed in hopes to stay hydrated. My focus was mostly on keeping my pace conservative and fueling. By the time I looked up, I was 10 miles into the race and feeling great! The crowd support was phenomenal. When I first looked at the logistics of the race it appeared as if we’d be running through some pretty peaceful and serene wooded areas, but I was gladly mistaken. This was CIM’s 35th anniversary and the people in the area showed up to celebrate. Every intersection was packed with faces and cheers. Almost every house we passed had residents out front watching, cheering and spurring us on. My favorite sign that I saw made me laugh as I passed it. I wish I had a picture, but it read something like: “Don’t poop on anything but the miles behind you”. Well said.
    The Middle Miles
    As a first time marathoner, my longest race leading up to this point was 13.1 miles. As I approached the halfway point of this race I began to feel some anxiety towards the unknown. My mile times remained consistent and I was smack dab in-between the 3:27 and the 3:30 pace groups. Everything was going as planned (surprisingly).
    By mile 14 I decided to push the pace a little. By mile 15, I had changed my mind. This back and forth went on through mile 19 where I took my first walking break as I went through a water station. I wanted to ensure that I was fueled up enough to make it through “The (infamous) Wall” that every marathon runner dreads. This race took it literally and physically built a wall that the runners actually go through at about mile 20.
    I had some aches and pains at this point in the race, but I had been running now for over two and a half hours. Of course my body hurts! I crossed the H St. bridge that many had warned me about at mile 22 still feeling nostalgic. The woman on the bullhorn said that this was the last “hill” of the race and the countdown begins now!!!!
    The Countdown aka The Meltdown
    A running friend of mine, Ron, who has run CIM several times told me that not long after the bridge you’ll begin to see that the streets are numbered. The counting starts on 57th and the race ends on 8th. When he told me this, I felt that this would be helpful. I could mentally count down the numbers and initiate my final kick home!!! The reality was on the contrary. It made me completely underestimate how tired I actually was after 3 plus hours of running. 57th St. starts in the middle of mile 23. Mile 24 begins at 49th. “WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT!”, my legs screamed.
    By mile 25 (35th St.) my calf muscles had begun to lock up and I was forced to take my first unscheduled walking break. My pace had slowed significantly turning my sub 8min/mi pace to barely under 9min/mi. The shuffle had begun. I clung to the shoulder of the road to stay out of the way of faster runners. A gentleman who I had been trading the lead with for miles ran past me as I walked/hobbled past 26th St. He tapped me on the back and encouraged me to keep going. It truly helped and I appreciate him for it.
    I mustered up enough energy to move in a way that somewhat resembled running. I couldn’t bring myself to look up at the street signs anymore at this point. “Just watch your feet and make sure they’re still moving!”, I told myself.
    The crowd size began to swell. I could hear the announcer, the music! Bands lined the intersections playing emphatically marching us towards our goal. As I turned onto 8th St. I saw my family cheering. It gave me strength. I gave everything I had to those last 15 steps and crossed the finish line of my first marathon in 3:28:13.

    The Aftermath
    After I crossed the finish line I felt like I was on the top of the world. I had completed my first marathon! I could now run for president of the United States, cure world hunger and with the grace of God, make it to the car. The moment of euphoria was swiftly washed away by all of the pain I had been running from for the past hours. My knees could no longer hold the weight of the accomplishment or my body. My wife lovingly helped me to and into the car after a brief photo shoot (shown below). Forming coherent sentences was like putting together a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Needless to say, I was tired.
    After a couple days of walking around like a penguin, I think I’m ready to get back to business. While I’m ecstatic that I was able to complete my first marathon, I’ve realized that I have a lot of work to do in order to earn the opportunity to ring the Boston Qualifier bell, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.

    Thanks for reading this word marathon & stay tuned. The journey continues…

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 10, 2017 at 6:37pm

    CONGRATS Kyrah!! What an awesome narrative of the trials and triumphs of the first-time marathoner. That's a well-deserved waddle my friend, or as Bruce Fordyce of Comrades Marathon fame calls it, the "limp of pride". A 3:28 is an amazing effort for your first, and now you know – there's just no way to describe those last 4 miles to someone who's never been there. :) I still recall vividly the feeling of euphoria on finishing my first marathon, wow. Great job on your part to respect the distance, dig deep and get it done – it's clearly not a matter of "if" but "when" you ring that BQ bell. And while CIM is a great course for it, I'd also like to throw out a plug for Mountains 2 Beach (in May) or Ventura (in Oct) here in SoCal, assuming the fires spared that area. We'd love to see you and the family down here!

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    richieking REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I was amazed at how well they organized 10,000 runners and 50,000 spectators. The marathon ran smoothly. The spectators were the best. It felt like the road was lined with … MORE

    I was amazed at how well they organized 10,000 runners and 50,000 spectators. The marathon ran smoothly. The spectators were the best. It felt like the road was lined with cheers from start to finish.

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    ajat0921 FIRST-TIMER '17

    HILLY, at least the first half. I swore I was in SF not Sacramento. But the crowds cheering you on, and all the other runners, you will love the run. MORE

    HILLY, at least the first half. I swore I was in SF not Sacramento. But the crowds cheering you on, and all the other runners, you will love the run.

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    smh3us FIRST-TIMER '17

    I have only run in 22 races but CIM tops the list of my favorites. Getting to the relay exchange was much easier than I expected. The buses were on … MORE

    I have only run in 22 races but CIM tops the list of my favorites. Getting to the relay exchange was much easier than I expected. The buses were on time and there was plenty of room for everyone. The support along the race was great. Plenty of aid stations and port-a-potties. The finish line was a little overwhelming as a first timer with all the people.

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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '17

    My husband and I ran the two-person marathon relay. I ran the first two legs which totaled 13.5 miles and he ran the last two legs for 12.5 miles. The … MORE

    My husband and I ran the two-person marathon relay. I ran the first two legs which totaled 13.5 miles and he ran the last two legs for 12.5 miles. The first 13.5 miles has easy rolling hills through neighborhoods. The last half is relatively flat. The total course has a net elevation loss. All in all a nice course and well organized race.
    Prerace communication was great. The Expo location at the Sacramento Convention Center was easy to get to and very nice. It was very easy to pick up the bibs and shirts. There was plenty of volunteer, so there was no wait for pick up. The expo also had a lot of vendors trying to sell their wears.
    Shuttle service was provided to the start and for relay participants. There were shuttles provided to the finish after relay runners finished their legs. We were allowed to stay on the bus in the morning before the race. I stayed until 15 minutes before because it was very chilly.
    At the relay hand off area, they had bib numbered signs for the runners to wait by and they were also announcing runners coming into the chute. My number was called, so it made it easy for my husband to be aware that I was arriving. I was able to get my medal for running the two-person relay first half marathon, but they did run out of medals for the three to four person relay and they were told to pick them up at the finish. We did have an area with bananas, water, and nutrition bars to refuel after running, but the last leg runners and marathon finishers had better food at the finish.
    The negative that I do have is that as relay runners, we did not get the cool reusable bag or socks that the marathon runners received at bib pick up. They could have given one set to each relay team.
    Despite this, I have already signed up for the individual marathon for next year. Please help me…..

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    Kingsfield01 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Fast course, but the advertised net elevation drop is a bit deceiving as there are rolling hills for the first half of the course. Plan to conserve a little during … MORE

    Fast course, but the advertised net elevation drop is a bit deceiving as there are rolling hills for the first half of the course. Plan to conserve a little during the first half because the second half of the course runs much smoother/faster.

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    krf310 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The Course: There's a reason why so many BQs and OTQs come out of this race. It's held at a pretty temperate time of year on a net downhill course. … MORE

    The Course:
    There’s a reason why so many BQs and OTQs come out of this race. It’s held at a pretty temperate time of year on a net downhill course. There are some small rolling hills in the first half, but they’re hardly noticeable. Every time I started worrying about my pacing, there was another gentle downhill that helped me accelerate again. As far as views are concerned it wasn’t the most beautiful course (the so-called “middle miles” mostly pass by strip malls with little or no tree cover), but there were long stretches which were pleasant to look at. Staying on course was a non-issue, since there were very few turns, which proved to be another bonus to this race.

    The Competition:
    This year CIM drew a huge number of sub 2:50 marathoners compared to other races of a similar size. In other races I’ve spent a lot of time in no-man’s land running at my typical marathon pace, but at CIM there were tons of people to run with and chase after. This definitely helped me reach my PR goal.

    The Aid Stations:
    While there were two or three notable exceptions, most of the aid stations were well-staffed by excellent volunteers. Even at the understaffed ones the volunteers did their best. They just couldn’t handle the huge waves of people (3 people can’t possibly hand out enough water).

    The Support:
    For a point-to-point race there was a significant amount of crowd support for this race. There were a few helpful music stations as well. I also thought it was cool that there was a fake “wall” to run through at mile 20.

    The Swag:
    The shirt didn’t impress me, but the medal was pretty cool. The socks aren’t bad either. I view these as more of a bonus to the race so it doesn’t impact my overall positive opinion of the race.

    TL;DR:
    Good weather, fast and ok-looking course, good crowd support, average swag.

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 06, 2017 at 7:39pm

    Congrats on the super-speedy time, Kevin! CIM is definitely a great race to chase a PR, BQ or even OTQ if that's in your sights. Glad the weather cooperated and you were able to chase the fleet-footed crowds to your own PR, a 2:41 is CIMply amazing. :) Thanks for the excellent review and for breaking down the race in such a helpful way. Keep running strong, and I hope to follow your 50 states journey here on RaceRaves!

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    Flash654 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    From the pick up via buses in downtown Sacramento to the start line in Folsom was really well planned out. Got me to the start with about an hour to … MORE

    From the pick up via buses in downtown Sacramento to the start line in Folsom was really well planned out. Got me to the start with about an hour to prep for this race. There were plenty of Aid stations, water and fueling stations. There were so many volunteers and each one had a smile from mile one to mile 26.2. I ran this race in 2015 and will run this race again in 2018. It’s on my to do list every year now as I’am hooked. The rolling hills for the first 10 miles are beautiful with lots of cheering crowds, this pumped me up. The finish line had plenty of water, snacks and refueling food. Awesome race

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    sgilbert9999 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The race lives up to the hype. The course is not flat. There are large rolling hills the first half. The second half flattens out with the final 4+ miles … MORE

    The race lives up to the hype. The course is not flat. There are large rolling hills the first half. The second half flattens out with the final 4+ miles a gentle downhill grade. The course will take its toll but when turning to the inspiring finish facing the State Capitol building I’m always pleasantly surprised at my better than expected time. Spectators are good and all volunteers encourage everyone to do their personal best. Weather is always to be considered though mostly good.

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    jackyrn REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I Love CIM because of the huge support throughout the race. From cheerleaders to family and friends, the course is filled with people cheering for everyone! The aid stations are … MORE

    I Love CIM because of the huge support throughout the race. From cheerleaders to family and friends, the course is filled with people cheering for everyone! The aid stations are plentiful; appropriately stocked and frequently placed throughout the course. There are strangers cheering you and supporting you throughout your journey. I’m a 2 time finisher and I love this race! Also, the swag is nice!

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    acovil FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was a great race! The spectators were awesome and everywhere along the course. It had a great energy. The run is pretty, although it's pretty crowded on the course … MORE

    This was a great race! The spectators were awesome and everywhere along the course. It had a great energy. The run is pretty, although it’s pretty crowded on the course simply because of the sheer number of runners. This is NOT a downhill course – overall downhill, but definitely rolling hills through mile 20! The last 4 miles or so are slightly downhill or flat, so it really helped overcome those last few miles where most hit a wall. I credit that with my PR. Bathrooms are along the course, but not enough at each spot. Plenty of nutrition along the course – gels and fruit, etc. Be prepared in the morning and get there early or use race provided transportation. The race organization is smooth – clearly they’ve been doing this for a long time and the know what they’re doing.

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    amandasava FIRST-TIMER '17

    I jumped into the relay as a last minute substitution so I wasn't really prepared for it - but it was a really great race anyway. The race production was … MORE

    I jumped into the relay as a last minute substitution so I wasn’t really prepared for it – but it was a really great race anyway.

    The race production was great – nice expo, relatively easy to get bibs, etc., great shuttle service to and from the relay points and a really nice finishers area.

    The first 7 miles of the course (the first leg) were relatively easy, nice rolling hills, nothing that would kill anyone that’s done a few trail races. The race itself is a net downhill so the hills at the beginning really aren’t that bad.

    The only criticism I have is that they don’t treat relay runners very well. The swag is pretty crappy compared to the marathon runners – no nice reusable bag or well-designed shirt and medal. And I was disappointed with the support for the relay runners – (I had no idea how to get my medal, I found them and had to ask if i could take one, then I was denied water at the main finsh line because it was “for the runners”.

    Still, I’d run the relay again and If I survive my first marathon in July I just might sign up for the real deal next December!

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 06, 2017 at 6:36pm

    Congrats Amanda! You definitely ran the more challenging but also the more interesting half of the course, with all its rolling hills. Sorry to hear you had some issues at the finish line. that surprises me since the relay is such an important part of the event, and they do such a great job with the marathoners. But yes, definitely consider the whole shebang for next year, you won't regret it – well, not until mile 22 at least. :) It's such a great experience and one of only three marathons I've run twice. And speaking of marathons, GOOD LUCK as you look forward to your first in SF next summer, I'll be rooting for you!

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    kwa5q FIRST-TIMER '17

    CIM was fantastic. It was logistically well organized and a great course. The course wasn't a cake walk-- I think the best descriptor is it's Boston Light with the first … MORE

    CIM was fantastic. It was logistically well organized and a great course.
    The course wasn’t a cake walk– I think the best descriptor is it’s Boston Light with the first 15 miles having a good amount of up and downs. If you have it in you, you can motor on the last 10k

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    jnwithers FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was a great first-timer event! Honestly, the weather conditions are perfect. The course is net downhill with rolling hills, no major hills. Aid stations were staffed appropriately and the … MORE

    This was a great first-timer event! Honestly, the weather conditions are perfect. The course is net downhill with rolling hills, no major hills. Aid stations were staffed appropriately and the volunteers kept up with the amount of runners. Plenty of port-a-potties at the beginning of the race. The amount of fans on the course was spectacular! Never a dull moment! Almost didn’t feel like 26.2 because you were so entertained!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Kimbertson FIRST-TIMER '17

    CIM was a fantastic experience for my second full marathon! The weather was perfect, the course was great, organization excellent, all helping me to a PR. Pros: Organization - emails, … MORE

    CIM was a fantastic experience for my second full marathon! The weather was perfect, the course was great, organization excellent, all helping me to a PR.

    Pros:
    Organization – emails, race expo, buses/shuttle to start, were all executed flawlessly. The bag check was a breeze (thank you, volunteers!). The bus to the start made things smooth for those out of town (like myself). Although departing at 5 a.m. sounded (and felt) early, it was great to get to the start and have time to relax and get the anxiety down a bit. You have the option to stay on the bus where it’s warm until 15 minutes to start, or get off to use one of the plentiful port-a-pottys, and then get back on – or stay out and watch the sunrise!
    Weather – a perfect day, cool but crystal clear, staying between 45* and 55*.
    Course – definitely does have rolling hills, but they are mostly done within the first 15 miles which is pretty ideal. I enjoyed the coast into the finish in downtown Sacramento, and the hills were never too much (but enough to feel on the knees if you don’t regularly train on hills). Minimal turns, good crowds and cheering, wide streets making it fairly easy to run with 9000 other marathoners, and enjoyable running through various little towns en route from Folsom to Sacramento.
    Shirt and swag – I loved the race shirt, and the fact that the female fit was actually long enough for once (I’m not even that tall!). Also I enjoyed the other goodies that I’ll acutally use, including the socks, belt, and head/neck band.
    Aid stations: consistently placed every 1-2 miles, well-stocked and organized, all with Nuun first, then water (except for one where I couldn’t find water!), some had food, and 4 had Cliff gels.

    Cons:
    My only area of constructive feedback would be the finish line area and that, in general, I prefer Gatorade to Nuun. At the finish, I would have loved to have some electrolyte/carb drink right there with the water (Nuun tent was hard to find in a far corner), as well as something like oranges or chocolate milk. The warm breakfast sandwich was tasty (and I loved that they had a vegetarian option!) but a bit hard to digest, not having first found the simple carbs I needed. The delicious canned coffee drinks were a great plus, which I enjoyed after my stomach stabilized a couple hours later! Overall, the finish area felt crowded and less well-signed / organized than the rest of the event and race. Still a cool finish spot at the Capitol, though. And I loved having the palm trees in background of photos.

    Overall, CIM is really well done, a great course, with a good mix of elite, fast runners and BQers, but also plenty of average runners like myself trying to break the 4 hour mark or just finish. I definitely recommend this race and hope to run it again myself!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 06, 2017 at 8:01pm

    Congrats on the PR run, Kimberly! Way to take advantage of the ideal weather and gently rolling, downhill course. Great narrative of the morning too, you reminded me of everything I love about CIM (plus the cowbells). And so glad you got to watch the beautiful sunrise over the start line – such a perfect way to start the race. Thanks for the excellent review, and hope to see you back in California for another race soon!

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    yateesh.mallya REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I did this race as my first marathon back in 2016 and finished it in 3:38:40. Did this race again this year in order to redeem myself from last year … MORE

    I did this race as my first marathon back in 2016 and finished it in 3:38:40. Did this race again this year in order to redeem myself from last year for a strong finish. Ended up with a 11 min PR over last year and 6 min PR over my recent marathon a month earlier. The weather was just amazing from the start to the finish. Not too cold and or too warm. Rained the previous night and was in the early 40’s at the start. I would definitely recommend this race for anyone who is looking to either PR or get a BQ. I’ve already reg’d for 2018 race and hope to smash through for that BQ for 2020.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    saratherunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    CIM is wonderfully supported. Let's start with the 1 port-a-potty per every 30 runners... IMPORTANT stuff! Not sure I understand how any race can do a higher ratio!! The course … MORE

    CIM is wonderfully supported. Let’s start with the 1 port-a-potty per every 30 runners… IMPORTANT stuff! Not sure I understand how any race can do a higher ratio!! The course is super well supported, there are so many runners, and it really just was a delightful experience in as many ways as is possible for 26.2 miles! For other vegan runners out there, FYI, the finish line food isn’t for us except for the potato chips and gummy treats.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    5

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