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Marathon Information

General Marathon Information

See below for 2015 race information. 2016 race information coming soon!

Date / Time / Place:

The marathon will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Course Re-Open:
  • The marathon course route re-opens at a 6-hour finish time (13:44 minutes/mile pace)
  • A California Highway Patrolman in a vehicle traveling at approximately 13:44 minutes per mile will open the roads behind his car to regular traffic.
  • If you are behind this 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.
Marathon Divisions:

Age divisions are determined by age of entrant on race day.

  • Open: 39-years-old and under
  • Masters: 40-years-old and older
  • 5-Year Age Divisions: 19 & younger, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & older
  • Clydesdale/Athena
  • Vision Impaired
  • Pushrim Wheelchairs
Event Rules:

Please visit the CIM Event Rules page for additional information.

Race Number:

All CIM participants must wear an official race number on the front of their body, pinned to their outer layer of clothing. Numbers must be fully visible at all times (not cut, folded or obscured). Runners who run without their bib properly attached and displayed risk not having their finish time and split times recorded and not being listed in the results.

Gear Check (presented by Two Men and a Truck):
  • Two_Men_and_a_Truck_logoYou may bring your warm-pre race clothes to the start of the marathon (or to the start of your relay leg), and it will be transported to the finish for you.
  • Gear bags will be clear. The clear bag you receive at packet pick-up is the only bag acceptable to check on race day into the gear trucks at the start. Other bags will NOT be accepted.
  • Marathon: To identify your bag, write your bib number with a marker in the colored box printed on the clear bag.
  • Relay: To identify your bag, write your bib number with a marker in the colored box printed on the clear bag.
  • Do NOT place anything of value in your bag, especially no car keys, cell phones. The SRA is not responsible for lost items.
  • Before the start of the race, hand your bag to a volunteer at the start area bag trucks that will transport your bag to the finish.
  • Relay: Relay participants will be allowed to leave the clear bags on the bus. Those bags will be transported to the finish.
  • At the finish line, claim your bag, located past 10th St. to the right of the State Capitol steps.
Fluid Stations:
  • There will be 17 fluid stations staffed by cheering volunteers from local schools, service clubs, and community groups.
  • Each will have water, electrolyte replenisher (nuun), medical personnel, and portable toilets.
  • Flavor and brand of electrolyte replenisher fluid available on the course are available HERE.
  • GU Energy Gel will be provided at 4 locations on course.
  • GU supplies and flavors will vary. If you are dependent on nutrition supplements like these, be sure to carry your own.
  • Medical assistance provided by UC Davis Children’s Hospital will be available at all Relay exchange areas and fluid stations as well as the finish line.
  • Portable toilets will be located at each fluid station and relay exchange zone along the course.
Awards Ceremony:

An awards ceremony will be held at the CIM finish line to honor the top 3 overall male and female finishers at approximately 10:00 am. All other awards including division awards and relay awards will be mailed 4-6 weeks following the event.

Vision Impaired Information:

The California International Marathon is the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Marathon Championship. Additionally, in 2015 the CIM is also serving as the Paralympic Selection Race for the Rio Paralympic Marathon Team for both visually impaired runners and ambulatory amputees. For information on either of these programs, click here.


The Clydesdale (men 200 lbs. or heavier)/Athena (women 150 lbs. or heavier) divisions are not a choice on the online registration form. To be placed in this division you must weigh in and sign in at the Buffalo Chips Running Club’s booth at the CIM Expo. If your weight fits the criteria, you will then be placed in the Clydesdale or Athena division in the entry data.