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Overall Rating (194 Reviews)
4.7
(194 Ratings)(194 Reviews)
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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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    jamer133 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The expo was a good size and easy enough to pick up my bib. Race morning was a bit hectic as I took a shuttle bus to the start; however, … MORE

    The expo was a good size and easy enough to pick up my bib. Race morning was a bit hectic as I took a shuttle bus to the start; however, the driver took us to the wrong place. Luckily the mistake was caught early enough so off to the real start we went. They allowed us to stay on the bus for as long as we wanted as it was really cold outside to just stand.
    The actual race was just ok. Plenty of fluid stations and good crowd support; however, this race is advertised as net downhill. That may be the case, but be prepared for hills. It was constant up and down the entire race and my calves were on fire by the end. The course itself was pretty boring. I just remember seeing a lot of dogs dressed up for Christmas which made me smile. 🙂 After race was nice…enough food and gear pickup was easy. I did PR which was amazing and the weather was spot on; however, this isn’t a race I would choose to repeat.

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    philld2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    CIM is a well organized race. I'm always amazed that they get all those runners from downtown to the start - and all the buses they use to do it. … MORE

    CIM is a well organized race. I’m always amazed that they get all those runners from downtown to the start – and all the buses they use to do it. It was great to be able to stay on (any) bus and stay warm until closer to the start. Tons of porta potties. Lots of crowd support. The first 5miles are the most downhill miles and can hurt your quads if you aren’t trained for it. Train for downhill and this can be a very fast course.

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    lupalupame REPEAT RUNNER '18

    We are so fortunate to have a local marathon. If you’ve never run this race before know that it’s pretty and there are some hills but overall it is totally … MORE

    We are so fortunate to have a local marathon. If you’ve never run this race before know that it’s pretty and there are some hills but overall it is totally doable. The volunteers are great! Speaking of great; the Sloppy Moose Running Club made a great showing at mile 25! So glad to see all the Sloppy Moose herd! Antlers up!!! Every Thursday during the season fellow runners and beer drinkers can meet at New Helvetia on Broadway and 18th, @6:30 pm.

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    bronco90212 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Small town race that has the feel of one of the majors. Rolling down hill that is challenging enough so that nobody will question your accomplishment at this race. MORE

    Small town race that has the feel of one of the majors. Rolling down hill that is challenging enough so that nobody will question your accomplishment at this race.

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    jonoringading REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This Course is more challenging for me than others that are supposed to be harder. I was feeling an extra amount of tendon soreness, but was able to hold on … MORE

    This Course is more challenging for me than others that are supposed to be harder. I was feeling an extra amount of tendon soreness, but was able to hold on to beat Oprah’s time…(on the MCM when she turned 40.) The weather was probably the best ever, and the crowd energy was really positive. In a new procedure, this year they started the slower runners on the left, after the 4:05 group left the start, this was good, because there was less jostling than last year. I went out at a good pace, and kept to a 2:01 Half split, hoping to beat 4:08. I was happy to keep pain away by slowing as needed, since I was running Honolulu the following week. At the finish, Team RWB handed me a flag so I could finish carrying it, what an honor! (I am athletic director for the San Jose Chapter.) I still hope I can Break 4:00 at this course soon. Unfortunately, they chose to run 2019 on the Second Sunday of December, instead of the first, and that is ALWAYS Honolulu’s date. maybe 2020….

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    jonoringading FIRST-TIMER '18

    I am always a sucker for extra bling, so when I hear about the new 5k race the day before the California International Marathon, and the extra medal for running … MORE

    I am always a sucker for extra bling, so when I hear about the new 5k race the day before the California International Marathon, and the extra medal for running both, I was hooked. I was not planning to run this fast, to save my legs for the Marathon, but ended up getting third in age group! The Race provided a nice bonus pint glass for age group winners. The course was very runnable, dead flat and reasonable turns. It was nice to see the Capitol building, and the weather was perfect. I hope they keep this race as an addition to the CIM Weekend.

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    valaxamous FIRST-TIMER '18

    Chilly frigid morning. Warmed by the 3:45 pacers chants and comedy. Shedding layers. Grinding into a pace. Cheers to a Gu party. Finding a rhythm. A pick me up from … MORE

    Chilly frigid morning. Warmed by the 3:45 pacers chants and comedy. Shedding layers. Grinding into a pace. Cheers to a Gu party. Finding a rhythm. A pick me up from crowds of cheers. Steady hydration station saviors. Undulating hills. Finding deep calm. Push the pace. Goodbye pacers. Hello infinite energy. Oops I spilled my gu. Turbo button signs, hi fives for energy. Amazing time.

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    ltoncloud9 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was very impressed with the organization of this race from the shuttle buses to the start line, the prompt start, 17 water stations and race festivities at the end. … MORE

    I was very impressed with the organization of this race from the shuttle buses to the start line, the prompt start, 17 water stations and race festivities at the end. The course is a net downhill point to point but buyer beware there is a substantial stretch of rolling hills. Overall it was a fun fast course and I would definitely recommend it.

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    marathongrrl FIRST-TIMER '18

    The people along the course are the highlight and very motivating. The scenery isn't special but the people make it so. Great support and plenty of water stops. Only complaint … MORE

    The people along the course are the highlight and very motivating. The scenery isn’t special but the people make it so. Great support and plenty of water stops. Only complaint is lack of food at end. Only food available to us slower runners was a cliff bar and bag of chips. (And bag of fried chips is really strange food to hand out post race).Fruit and hydration would’ve been good.

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    cristinarr87 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It is not a flat course, it is a faster course than other hilly races, but the first 20 miles have small rolling mounts, so if you are from flat-town … MORE

    It is not a flat course, it is a faster course than other hilly races, but the first 20 miles have small rolling mounts, so if you are from flat-town Davis or Dixon, be sure to include a few overpasses repeats in your training. The last 4 miles are flat and fun!

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    Zanrok REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Logistically this is one of the best run races I have done. I have run 17 marathons, and this race has always exceeded my expectations. From the expo, start line, … MORE

    Logistically this is one of the best run races I have done. I have run 17 marathons, and this race has always exceeded my expectations. From the expo, start line, and finish line. It’s all done well.
    Getting to the start is super easy, buses pick you up nearby the designated hotels, you can stay on to keep warm or get off and wait around. Once off the bus you have about a half mile of porta potties to pick from. The ONLY race I know that does not have lines to use the bathroom and something others should follow!
    The course is rolling hills for the first 20 miles, with an overall net downhill. The last 6 are much flatter than the previous 20, so be mentally prepared to work harder.
    The finish line. One of the only races I know that has separate finish corrals for women and men. A nice feature. They started giving out disposable jackets this year, instead of those stupid mylar blankets. I LOOOOVE this. The jacket was great, it had a zipper and kept runners warm when they finished. And the best part is you can use it on a future race as a throw-away. Perfect! Medal this year and in past years has always been well done, large and heavy!
    As far as improving the race, I think it could benefit from a type of pace corral system. It was difficult for me to make it up to my desired pace at the start because of so many runners bunching up and not in correct spots. I would suggest moving the pace groups back further from each other so people don’t bunch up so much. Then 1 minute before the start.. have them move up. This way, you can still keep the no corral system, but help spread the runners.

    I recommend this race for sure, its fantastic to do if you live in a warmer climate as you can avoid training in the hottest months of the year. And if you are crazy like most people, you can run an October marathon and also run this with enough recovery in between.

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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '18

    Last year, I ran the two-person relay. I had a bad case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) when my friends ran this marathon, so I was reeled in with … MORE

    Last year, I ran the two-person relay. I had a bad case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) when my friends ran this marathon, so I was reeled in with the early bird cheap price last year. This course is a point to point and starts near the Folsom Dam and ends at the Capital Building in Sacramento. The course is a “Net Downhill”, I ran the first two legs of the relay last year, so I knew that the first 13.5 miles had rolling hills. The second half of the race was pretty much flat. There were plenty of aid stations. I carried a 16 oz hand-held bottle and was never without of water. There was Nuun drink and Clif bars and gel on course. Plenty of cheering locals from the communities.
    Leading up to the race, there was good communication about the expo and race day information.
    The only issue that I encountered was that our bus driver that was taking us to the start, GOT LOST TWICE!!!!! She had no idea where to go and several of the runners on the bus had to provide navigation for her. We eventually arrived at the start at 6:40am which left us 20 minutes to take care of business. It took over an hour to get to the start. The lines were long for the toilets. These bus drivers need to know where they are going. It was ridiculous.
    The medal was great and I LOVED the pullover long sleeve.
    Despite the bus situation, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. I even set a PR and shave 4 minutes and 9 seconds off my marathon time.

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 13, 2018 at 1:28pm

    Congrats on the PR despite the bus shenanigans, Barbara! Funny (or not so funny) thing is, the same thing happened to a couple of friends when I first ran CIM… MORE

    Congrats on the PR despite the bus shenanigans, Barbara! Funny (or not so funny) thing is, the same thing happened to a couple of friends when I first ran CIM in 2011... they ended up arriving 5 minutes before the start, just in time to drop their bags and run. So 20 minutes almost sounds like a luxury! In CIM's defense, the same thing has happened to me at a couple of other races where buses were involved, so this certainly isn't specific to CIM. Luckily it sounds like the rest of the race was awesome and you were able to enjoy the day — and a shiny new PR certainly helps. Isn't it amazing to think you can now go out and run a marathon without a second thought? Great way to (almost) cap an awesome running year for you. And thanks for another thoughtful review! LESS

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    noneleft Dec 13, 2018 at 4:19pm

    I try not to think twice about signing up for a marathon. If I did, I wouldn’t do another one. “Show up and Run.” that’s my motto.

    I try not to think twice about signing up for a marathon. If I did, I wouldn’t do another one. “Show up and Run.” that’s my motto.

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 13, 2018 at 4:29pm

    Love it! I definitely think you’re on to something there. 😊

    Love it! I definitely think you’re on to something there. 😊

     
    JohnT REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is definitely an opportunity for a PR and BQ. It's a fast race with rollers which is nice. The course spectators and volunteers are absolutely amazing! I look … MORE

    This race is definitely an opportunity for a PR and BQ. It’s a fast race with rollers which is nice. The course spectators and volunteers are absolutely amazing! I look forward to this race each year. A great way to end the race year on a successful and fun note!

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    RacerKN REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Second year running this marathon. I ran with a friend who had a broken hand and had had surgery the Tuesday before the race, so we took it easy. The … MORE

    Second year running this marathon. I ran with a friend who had a broken hand and had had surgery the Tuesday before the race, so we took it easy. The production of the race was great EXCEPT…
    Our bus got lost!!!! The driver apparently is the only human being on earth who does not have a device with GPS or navigation. Runners on the bus had to direct the bus driver to how to get to the start line. We arrive only 20 minutes before the start of the race even though we showed up for the bus right on time. By the time I got through the porta potty line, the race had already started.
    Because I was not trying to PR or BQ, I took it in stride and started with the runners who were hoping to just finish. But the situation would have been entirely different if I had wanted to BQ, it would have stressed the heck out of me.
    Race organizers – please give bus drivers directions and/or a resource to navigate. Sadly, this is not the first race where the driver did not know where they were going. Seriously? Is this 1969?

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    joyfulrunner REPEAT RUNNER '18

    CIM is very well organized for a 15,000 participant race, and you can tell a lot of detail and forethought was considered with runners in mind. Transportation to the start … MORE

    CIM is very well organized for a 15,000 participant race, and you can tell a lot of detail and forethought was considered
    with runners in mind. Transportation to the start line was a breeze from Folsom, and if you stay with a CIM-Folsom hotel partner, you have access to a warming tent and private porto’s. Weather was ideal for a fast race — low 40s, clear, little to no headwind. Coming from Chicago with cold and rainy conditions, you could not ask for better temperature. Rolling hills through Mile 20 but they were hardly noticeable, it actually broke up the monotony of the race. Plenty of water stations and crowd support throughout — it’s not NYC level but way more consistent throughout the course compared with other city races (I’m thinking SF specifically). If you’re looking for a
    fast PR, BQ, or OTQ this race is a great option for December. Thanks CIM!

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    dewalquen FIRST-TIMER '18

    I recommend the Capitol Challenge :) The 5 km on Saturday Morning and the Full Marathon on Sunday : you will get 3 medals 2 t-shirts and amazing souvenirs ! … MORE

    I recommend the Capitol Challenge 🙂 The 5 km on Saturday Morning and the Full Marathon on Sunday : you will get 3 medals 2 t-shirts and amazing souvenirs !
    Took part of the USABA Blind/Visually Impaired Championship and qualified for Boston.
    The race week-end atmopshere is very friendly and well organised.
    The course is pretty straight and fast with some up and down.

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    billym FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a nice course (great volunteers and fan support!), with great potential for a fast finish. It is much slower than flat courses like Chicago because of all the … MORE

    This is a nice course (great volunteers and fan support!), with great potential for a fast finish. It is much slower than flat courses like Chicago because of all the hills, but the weather was nearly perfect, and appears to be that way fairly often. The great weather is the key to the fast times!!! I’ll take 45F and some hills over 60F and flat any day. There were only 2 drawbacks to this race. #1. Not enough Port-Os!!! It is absurd to have to wait in line for 25min to go to the bathroom before a race like this. Is making it so difficult a ploy to get more people to sign up for “VIP” treatment? I was unable to properly warm up for this race because of the long lines and the next issue. #2. The “self-seeded” start. It’s pretty cool that there are so many people trying to qualify for the Trials, but that automatically means that regular old guys who run in the 2:30s are going to be stuck behind ~100 runners shooting for low 2:40s. That would be no problem At All (even fun), but then you get ~500 3-hour runners who feel they need to line up right behind the elites. I was pretty trapped for the first 5K and unable to take advantage of some of the nice downhills near the beginning of the race. This race has more sub 2:45 runners than Chicago, and Chicago desperately needs a 2:45 corral. This race needs it even more (and needs corrals in general – there are just too many people to go without them). Other than that, this is well-organized race and the people supporting it were absolutely awesome. Gear check was smooth. Course was nice – hillier than I expected, but more scenic than I expected as well. Easy expo, good runner drop-off or bus choices, nice people in general, and superb aid station volunteers!!!!

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    Sama FIRST-TIMER '18

    I would say from being a first timer, very well informed, easy communications with the mentors. Every information was there. Course was great and lot of local community support. Lots … MORE

    I would say from being a first timer, very well informed, easy communications with the mentors. Every information was there. Course was great and lot of local community support. Lots of aid station and tracker’s helped friends. Expo was mind blowing with great prices. Merchandise was just great. Love the swag. Definitely running in 2019. Only wished if they had package deal to buy the pictures. For being a first timer I would have purchased all of them.

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    mjboyter FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race was wonderful. Great spectators, great finish logistics, great starting corral logistics. Lots of water/support stations, and a huge medal at the end. I loved this race. It wasn't … MORE

    This race was wonderful. Great spectators, great finish logistics, great starting corral logistics. Lots of water/support stations, and a huge medal at the end. I loved this race. It wasn’t as hilly as I feared, and the flat at the end is flat. Sacramento and Folsom outdid themselves. Thank you.

    I would run this race again in a heartbeat.

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    ynegussie REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I ran this twice. The first time it was rainy, but it was still beautiful race. The overall production was great. Plenty fuel stations and they are very accommodating to … MORE

    I ran this twice. The first time it was rainy, but it was still beautiful race. The overall production was great. Plenty fuel stations and they are very accommodating to spectators. The whole process was easy. The course is considered one of the best places to qualify for Boston. That means you can train on harder, hilly courses then come here and qualify. I improved my time by 28 minutes. I recommend anyone who wants to try to qualify for Boston to try it.

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