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Edwards joins SRA Hall of Fame

Dec. 19, 2014 For immediate release Mastalirs, Lange, Finkbeiner, O’Neil also earn 2015 nods Sally Edwards, who launched Fleet Feet Sports, co-founded the California International Marathon and enjoyed great success as a distance runner and triathlete, headlines the Sacramento Running Association’s third Hall of Fame class. Former Jesuit High School distance stars Eric and Mark Mastalir, long-time Marauders coach Walt Lange, local Masters standout Jim O’Neil and talented ultramarathoner Bill Finkbeiner also earned spots in the class of 2015,...

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Women’s record falls at CIM

Dec. 7, 2014 For immediate release On a day of speed, Mazuronak, Chemtai race past challengers Volha Mazuronak’s surge down the stretch produced a women’s course record and Jacob Chemtai’s late move delivered a personal best en route to individual titles on a cool, fast Sunday at the California International Marathon. Mazuronak, from Belarus, pulled away from Colfax’s Jane Kibii in the final seven miles to win the women’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds, shattering the 15-year-old course record of 2:29:21 set by Australian Nickey...

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CIM boosts Sacramento

Dec. 5, 2014 For immediate release For 32 years, race offers competition, inspiration Amid the resurgence of the Kings, the stunning success of pro soccer and the return of prominent events to Sacramento, the California International Marathon continues to strengthen the local sports landscape. The 32nd annual race, set for Sunday at 7 a.m., has stood the test of time, its combination of international competition, community impact and inspiration helping the CIM stand out among local sporting events. A field of 9,000 marathoners, including...

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Baillie aims for CIM record

Dec. 4, 2014 For immediate release Women’s mark could fall; men’s race looks crowded Renee Baillie sounds ready, eager to come to Sacramento and produce a fast time, a victory and a course record in Sunday’s California International Marathon. Nickey Carroll’s women’s course mark of 2 hours 29 minutes and 21 seconds, set in 1999, appears in serious jeopardy in the 32nd annual race from near Folsom Dam to the state Capitol. The forecast calls for cool, dry conditions, with temperatures in the upper 40s at the start and 50s at the finish....

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CIM delivers runners to Boston

Dec. 3, 2014 For immediate release Fast course, cool weather, big crowds lend a hand The California International Marathon starts in Folsom and winds through Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Carmichael and Sacramento before heading to a glorious finish at the state Capitol. Where the CIM really leads to, though, is Boston. The connection spans nearly 3,000 miles, stays strong every year and keeps bringing runners back to the CIM for another chance to earn a Boston Marathon qualifying time. And many do. Of the 2013 CIM’s 6,206 starters,...

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CIM runners chase Olympic Trials

Dec. 2, 2014 For immediate release Eugene runner seeks standard after breaking foot at mile 25 Brett Ely had her fourth U.S. Olympic Trials berth all but in the bag last December. And then she broke her left foot along L Street near mile 25 of the California International Marathon. The Eugene, Ore. runner returns this year to settle some unfinished business, punch her 2016 Trials ticket and thank some kind-hearted spectators who offered comfort after her injury. Ely recalls one couple giving her a chair and a blanket and making her hot tea....

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CIM Expo offers variety

Dec. 1, 2014 For immediate release Shopping, health, inspiration highlight annual gathering The California International Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, set for Friday and Saturday at the Sacramento Convention Center, offers runners and non-runners plenty of reasons to attend. Looking for just the right holiday gift for a running friend? The Expo hosts more than 75 exhibitors featuring brand-new designs in running gear and shoes, plus the official CIM merchandise store. Ready to start a healthier lifestyle? The latest developments in...

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Folsom runner focuses on potential

Nov. 25, 2014 For immediate release Visually impaired standout prepares for fast CIM relay Folsom’s Michael Kinoshita opened his mind to the possibilities in the 8th grade after reading a newspaper story about Richard Hunter, a fellow legally blind runner competing in the California International Marathon. Kinoshita’s father encouraged him to be active, so Michael had run track and field as a 7th grader. But that story opened doors. “He (Hunter) had more of a disability than me,” said Kinoshita, 19, who suffers from Achromatopsia, a...

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Road closures set for 32nd CIM

Nov. 24, 2014 For immediate release A mile-by-mile look at race schedule Numerous road closures will be in place on Dec. 7 during the 32nd annual California International Marathon, which begins at 7 a.m. A mile-by-mile look at closures along the course from near Folsom Dam to the state Capitol is available HERE. Folsom-Auburn Road north of the start will be closed to through traffic at Eureka Road from 4:30 a.m.-8 a.m. Only vehicles taking runners to the start will be allowed past Eureka. 10th Street between L & N will be closed beginning...

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CIM boasts strong field

Nov. 18, 2014 For immediate release Africans head men’s standouts; American seeks women’s win A strong group of international runners heads the men’s field while a talented American runner looks like the favorite on the women’s side for the 32nd annual California International Marathon on Dec. 7. Kenyans Julius Koskei, Eliud Ngetich and Jacob Chemtai, Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Alemayehu and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama all appear capable of winning the men’s race and the $10,000 first prize on the 26.2-mile course from near Folsom Dam to the state...

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