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

The California International Marathon (CIM) holds a unique allure among runners seeking a fast and scenic race. Spanning from Folsom to Sacramento, this 26.2-mile course boasts a downhill profile, making it a favorite for those aiming for personal bests or qualifying times.

As a Boston Marathon and US Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier, the CIM’s net downhill profile offers runners an advantageous course. The gentle descent provides a smoother run, reducing the strain on muscles compared to races with uphill segments. This downhill slope can aid in maintaining pace and conserving energy, contributing to a potentially faster finish time.

Moreover, the moderate climate and typically favorable weather conditions in California during the marathon season add to the appeal. The cool temperatures and often clear skies create optimal running conditions, enhancing the overall experience for participants.

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

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. Water and aid stations are not marked on the map because there are plenty.

(B) CIM Elevation Profile Interactive Chart

(Last Updated: 11/16/2023)

(C) CIM Expo

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
1400 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Hall D
Enter via the North Lobby on J Street

(D) Hotels and Lodging

CIM has quite a few partner hotels from downtown Sacramento, to Point West, to Folsom.

(E) Transportation

CIM offers shuttle buses from several locations to the start line, as well as buses from the finish line to locations B/C/D for runners to return to their hotels.
  • Location: A – Convention Center
  • Location: B – Point West 
  • Location: C/D – Folsom
  • Locations: E/F – Shuttles near Start

(F) Weather

Sacramento’s weather in early December is usually very favorable for running.

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