California International Marathon (CIM) – Course, Elevation and Race Info

The California International Marathon (CIM) is a prestigious annual race that has been held in Sacramento since 1983. It’s renowned for its fast, point-to-point, net-downhill course, which spans from Folsom to the State Capitol. The race has a rich history of attracting runners from all over the world who seek a fast time or to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course is certified and sanctioned by USATF, making it a Boston Marathon and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier.

A point-to-point route with very few turns, plus favorable NorCal weather, makes CIM a fan favorite and one of the largest annual marathons in the U.S.

CIM at a Glance

  • Upcoming Race: December 8, 2024
  • 2023 Attendance: 9,223
  • 2023 First Place (Men’s): 02:11:09
  • 2023 First Place (Women’s): 02:29:00
  • Official Website: CIM

(A) CIM Course Map and Route Info

CIM provides an interactive course map including more details here. Below is a simplified version. Scroll to zoom in and out. Click and hold to move around. Click on icons to see more race info such as gel stations and notable sights along the route.

(B) CIM Elevation Profile Interactive Chart

(Last Updated: 09/04/2023)

(C) CIM Expo

  • Bib Number and Race Packet pick up
  • Location: SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
  • Exhibitor booths
  • Photo Ops
  • Meet pace team leaders

(D) Hotels and Lodging

For CIM, staying at one of the partner hotels is highly recommended. These hotels are strategically located to provide convenient access to the start line via complimentary busing, ensuring you have a smooth start to your marathon experience.

Here are some of the recommended partner hotels with their respective amenities:

  1. Fairfield Inn & Suites Cal Expo: Located at 1780 Tribute Rd, this hotel offers complimentary busing to the start line, making it a convenient choice for participants.
  2. Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo: Situated at 1782 Tribute Rd, this hotel also provides complimentary busing to the start line, ensuring a hassle-free race day morning.

For the full list of partner hotels and their amenities, you can visit the official CIM website linked above.

Additionally, it’s advisable to book your accommodations early, as rooms may fill up quickly due to the popularity of the event.

(E) Transportation

Free service buses will take you to the start line (no driving allowed). Bus pickup locations are grouped into zones A, B, C/D, and E/F. After the race, return busing can take you back to Folsom and Point West. For more info, check out the official CIM transportation page.

(F) Weather

In early December, Sacramento experiences moderately chilly weather with a gentle breeze. The average high temperature is around 58°F (15°C), while the average low temperature drops to about 40°F (5°C).

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