Race Report: California International Marathon
December 7, Sacremento, CA: Â Members Debbie S and Marinus W ran in the California International Marathon. Â Â Marius stated “This is a historically fast course helped by it’s slight net downhill. Â The day was calm and dry with a bit of morning fog and nicely cool to start, so conditions were near ideal. Â Â The CIM has a tradition where runners who meet their BQ (Boston Qualifier) times get to ring the Boston Bell. Â In the end we both ran a new personal best and achieved our Boston Qualifying time with a reasonable amount of cushion time. Â So we both got to ring the bell.”
We share their elation. Â CongratulationsÂ both of you. Â Thanks for proving we only get better and faster as we age.
The CIM is aÂ point to point, net downhill marathon following a historic gold miners’ round beginning at Folsom Dam, passingÂ through suburbanÂ Sacramento and ending at the State Capitol. Â It starts at an elevation of 366 ft and finishes at an elevation of 26 ft but includes rollers. Â (It’s not all downhill) Â Here’s what others have said about CIM: Â
“One of the fastest, if not the fastest, courses in the country!” – Bart Yasso, Runner’s World Online 2007.
“One of the world’s best small marathons.” – Runner’s World Magazine, 2006
Voted “Best Marathon” – Competitor Magazine poll, 2009