Race Report: California International Marathon

December 7, Sacremento, CA:  Members Debbie S and Marinus W ran in the California International Marathon.    Marius stated “This is a historically fast course helped by it’s slight net downhill.  The day was calm and dry with a bit of morning fog and nicely cool to start, so conditions were near ideal.    The CIM has a tradition where runners who meet their BQ (Boston Qualifier) times get to ring the Boston Bell.  In the end we both ran a new personal best and achieved our Boston Qualifying time with a reasonable amount of cushion time.   So we both got to ring the bell.”

We share their elation.   Congratulations both of you.  Thanks for proving we only get better and faster as we age.


The CIM is a point to point, net downhill marathon following a historic gold miners’ round beginning at Folsom Dam, passing through suburban Sacramento and ending at the State Capitol.   It starts at an elevation of 366 ft and finishes at an elevation of 26 ft but includes rollers.  (It’s not all downhill)   Here’s what others have said about CIM:  

“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


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