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General FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

From the expo to the finish line….Find your answers here!

Registration Expo & Packet Pick-Up Transportation
Race Course General


When is the 2015 California International Marathon?
The 2015 CIM will be held Sunday, December 6. Registration opened on March 3.

How can I confirm my registration after I sign up online?
Participants that have registered online can confirm their participation immediately. Click HERE to confirm your registration. Be sure to enter in your first name, last name and email exactly like you did when you registered.

Can I defer my entry to next year if I am unable to run this year?
Yes, you’ve spoken and we listened! Please visit the deferral page for additional details.

I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: Sale, transfer, or duplication of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable, however we do offer a Deferral Program.

What if the race is cancelled?
The CIM will go on rain or shine–a little weather won’t stop us! However, the Sacramento Running Association reserves the right to cancel the race at any time at its sole discretion. Causes for race cancellation may include (but are not limited to) hazardous and potentially dangerous weather, unsafe course conditions, or governmental intervention. In the case of an event cancellation, registrants are not entitled to a refund.

Is there an age requirement to run the CIM, Bank of the West CIM Relay Challenge or maraFUNrun?
No. The CIM Board of Directors and staff strongly recommend that runners younger than 16 (and especially runners younger than 13) do not attempt to run the marathon distance.

How can I make a change to my registration information (i.e. misspelling, address, e-mail, t-shirt size)?
You can e-mail with “Change of Information” in the subject line or call the Sacramento Running Association office at 916-983-4622 and a member of our staff will assist you.

I didn’t receive/deleted a payment confirmation email after I registered? Can you resend it to me?
Please email to request a resend of the confirmation email.

Can I switch from the marathon to the relay?
No, however we do offer a Deferral Program.

I want to run the relay but don’t have a team. Can you help me find teammates?
We have set up an event on the CIM Facebook page to allow runners to get together and formulate relay teams. You can visit the relay event here.

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Expo and Packet Pick-Up

Where and when is the Health & Fitness Expo and packet pick-up?
The CIM Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center located at 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Expo will be open on Friday, December 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m and on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If I am a vendor interested in purchasing booth space the expo, or if I am interested in promoting my race, product, charity, etc., who should I contact?
Expo exhibitor information can be found HERE.

Do I have to pick up my participant packet, participant bag and race shirt at the Expo?
Yes. All participants must pick up their event-issued bib number, technical shirt and Participant Bag at the CIM Health & Fitness Expo. We do not mail out participant packets, bags or shirts that are not picked up at the CIM Health & Fitness Expo. There is NO race day packet pick-up!

Can I pick up my participant packet, participant bag and race shirt on the day of the race?
There is NO race day packet pick-up!

Can a friend pick up my packet for me if I cannot attend the expo?
Yes. You may have someone else pick up your packet for you by following a few simple steps:

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The marathon course is point-to-point. What’s the best way to get to the start?
Take the bus! Detailed information about getting to the start is available HERE.

Do I need to pay for my bus or shuttle transportation to the start?
No. Bus and shuttle transportation from the designated pick-up locations is part of the marathon and relay registration. There are no additional fees. Learn more about getting to the start HERE.

Do you have recommendations on where runners should stay?
Yes. The Sacramento Running Association has identified several area partner hotels. A detailed map with hotel information can be found HERE.

How do I get back to my hotel after the race?
The CIM does not offer bus transportation back to area hotels. Runners staying at partner hotels in Folsom will receive bus transportation back to their hotels. More information can be found on the Hotel Information page HERE.

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What time does the race start?
The marathon starts at 7:00 am. First leg relay runners will start with marathon runners. The maraFUNrun starts at 8:00 am.

Where does the marathon start and finish?
The marathon starts near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Where does the maraFUNrun start and finish?
The maraFUNrun starts and finishes at 9th and Capitol Mall near the State Capitol building in downtown Sacramento.

Where are the relay exchange zones?

  • 1st runner starts with the marathoners at 7 a.m. near Folsom Dam.
  • 2nd runner starts just before the 6-mile mark, corner of Oak Ave. and Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • 3rd runner starts at the corner of Manzanita and Fair Oaks Blvd. near the 13.5-mile mark.
  • 4th runner starts at the corner of Munroe and Fair Oaks Blvd. near the 20.5-mile mark.

Is there a time limit to complete the marathon?
Yes. The marathon course route re-opens at a 6-hour finish time (13:44 minutes/mile pace).

Does the CIM have start corrals?
No. Runners self-seed according to pace.

Do you have a training program?
Yes! Learn more about the Official CIM Training Program HERE.

Do you offer pace teams?
Yes, the best in the business! Learn more about the boston365 CIM Pace Team and all Pace Team leaders HERE.

Will my family and friends be able to track me during the race?
Yes. Runner tracking will be available prior to the event. Information will be available on the home page of this site during race week.

Do you score the race by gun time or chip time?
Age group awards are determined by chip time, and chip time is used to determine Boston qualifying times. Monetary awards are determined by gun time.

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Can I bring a bag with me to the start?
Yes. Please review the information provided about Gear Check HERE.

How many fluid stations are on the course?
There will be 17 fluid stations staffed by cheering volunteers from local schools, service clubs, and community groups. Each will have water, an electrolyte replenisher fluid (nuun), portable toilets and medical personnel.

Is there food available on the course?
GU Energy Gel will be provided at 4 locations on course.

What do I do if I can’t finish under 6 hours or at all?
If you are behind the CHP sweep vehicle, you must proceed on the road shoulders or sidewalks, and you are subject to pedestrian traffic laws of the City or the County of Sacramento. No race services (fluid stations, mile splits, traffic controls) will be available on the course for runners progressing slower than the 13:44 minute/mile pace. Race management will attempt to provide, but cannot guarantee, race medals, finish times, and refreshments to runners finishing after 6 hours.

Is the CIM a Boston Qualifier?

Can I run with an iPod/headphones?
Prize money winners are not allowed to wear electronic listening devices. For other runners, the use of headphones is strongly discouraged, and if directed by a race official to cease such use, the entrant must comply promptly.

Are skates, skateboards, bikes or carriages of any kind allowed on the CIM course?
No. No bicycles, unicyles, tricycles, inline skates, blades, skateboards, or strollers!

I live along the race course. Where can I find out about race day street closures?
Join the fun! Residents are encouraged to visit the free CIM Health & Fitness Expo, volunteer during race weekend, and/or line the course to cheer runners. Information about road closures can be found HERE.

Where are the timing mat locations on course?
The timing mats are located at 10k, mile 13.1, and mile 20.0.

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How do I volunteer for the CIM?
Learn more about volunteer opportunities HERE. You may also send an email to

Where can I purchase my photos following the race?
A link to the official race photos provided by SportPhoto will be posted on the Results & Photos page HERE shortly after the CIM.

What are the race records?
The men’s course record was set in 1993 by Jerry Lawson with a time of 2:10:27. The women’s course record was set in 2014 by Volha Mazuronak with a time of 2:27:33. All course records can be found HERE.

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