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California International Marathon

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About California International Marathon

The California International Marathon (CIM) was founded in 1983 by the Sacramento Running Association (SRA) and brought a world-class running event to the Sacramento area.

The same course developed then, and used today, provides runners with a very fast, point-to-point, net-downhill marathon with a spectacular finish in front of the California State Capitol.

The CIM is certified and sanctioned by USATF, and therefore is a Boston Marathon qualifier and an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.


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  • 5km

Marathon Relay

  • 42.195km

Folsom Dam



State Capitol in Sacramento.



  • Folsom Dam,
  • State Capitol Museum,
  • The American River.


The course follows a historic gold miners' round beginning at Folsom Dam, passing through suburban Sacramento, and ending at the State Capitol. The race starts at an elevation of 366 ft. and finishes at an elevation of 26 ft.

California International Marathon Trivia

The California International Marathon consistently ranks in the top 9 of marathons with the most number of Boston Marathon qualifiers.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.