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Moments in CIM

Entries Surge for 30th Race

Nov. 30, 2012 Last in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher Marathon field climbs to more than 9,300 The race attracted 1,600 runners in its first year, barely dodging a big storm that could have hindered efforts to launch a new event in Sacramento. The California International Marathon has made considerable progress since then, riding a wave of popularity and growth heading into its 30th anniversary race on Sunday. A field of...

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Blind Runners Chase Title

Nov. 29, 2012 Twenty-ninth in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher Visually Impaired Championships become part of marathon in 2007 Folsom’s Richard Hunter, a visually impaired athlete, approached California International Marathon race director John Mansoor back in 2007 with an idea. Why not make the CIM the home of the national visually impaired marathon championships? The event started with two runners in 2007 and has grown to...

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Streakers Keep the Faith

Nov. 28, 2012 Twenty-eighth in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher A group of 16 runners completes 25th CIM They’re dedicated and dependable, a group that found a way to finish the California International Marathon year after year after year. They celebrated the CIM’s 25th anniversary in 2007 by going out and finishing the race for the 25th consecutive time, no small feat given the chance for illness, injury or the kind of...

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KCRA Covers Entire 2006 CIM

Nov. 27, 2012 Twenty-seventh in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher KCRA’s broadcast includes Dick Beardsley commentary After Dan Weiser came to town, the California International Marathon found itself on TV from start to finish for the first time. Weiser, who had covered the Boston Marathon for a TV station in that market, decided to televise the CIM a few years after taking over as news director at KCRA. His timing was good....

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Running Moms Reach Trials

Nov. 26, 2012 Twenty-sixth in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher Sperandeo, Pfeifer savor their 2006 achievement The running moms stood tall in the 2006 California International Marathon. Midori Sperandeo had given birth 10 months earlier, giving her two young boys under 3 on race day. Jen Pfeifer was raising an 18-month-old daughter when she stepped to the starting line. And then the two local training partners went out and...

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Another Sprint to the Finish

Nov. 23, 2012 Twenty-fifth in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher Ndambuki nips Kabiso in dramatic 2006 duel Their faces said it all. Kenyan Jonathan Ndambuki’s eyes bulged nearly out of his head. Ethiopian Kassahun Kabiso wore a pained expression from his eyes to his tightened jaws. After 26.1 miles, the 2006 California International Marathon came down to a dramatic, captivating sprint to the finish. Ndambuki and Kabiso...

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Orlova Edges Kryza

Nov. 22, 2012 Twenty-fourth in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher Late 2005 surge produces closest women’s finish Elena Orlova hung back, waiting patiently for the right moment to strike. The Russian runner found it in the final mile of the 2005 California International Marathon, reeling in Poland’s Wioletta Kryza for a dramatic victory in the women’s race. Orlova, who let Kryza take a big lead after three miles and stay in...

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Train Stops Runners

Nov. 21, 2012 Twenty-third in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher But race officials lobby for Boston qualifiers With less than a mile to go in the marathon, a Boston qualifying time within easy reach, what could possibly go wrong? Choo, choooo! Bill Hambrick recalls the moment vividly. The pace team leader was on track to get his group of runners to the finish of the 2003 California International Marathon by their 3-hour and...

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Iraqi Runner Makes History

Nov. 20, 2012 Twenty-second in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher At 16, Al-Bahadly competes after fall of Saddam Hussein The California International Marathon truly lived up to its name in 2003. After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2002, Iraqi officials made an effort to help its country’s chances of sending athletes to the 2004 Summer Olympics. The Iraqi Interim Olympic Committee was set up in the West Sector of Baghdad,...

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Klein Sets World Mark

Nov. 19, 2012 Twenty-first in a series of the top 30 moments from the California International Marathon’s colorful history. The 30th anniversary race is on Dec. 2. By John Schumacher At 80, local running legend keeps providing inspiration She didn’t start running until she was 55. And then Helen Klein turned into an inspiring role model. The retired nurse’s running resume includes more than 200 ultra-marathons and marathons, a long list of world and American age-group records and a place in USA Track & Field’s Masters Hall of Fame. Klein...

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