California International Marathon (CIM)

Annual event held the second Sunday after Thanksgiving
  • Folsom to Capitol Park, Sacramento
    Finish: Capitol Ave & 15th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814


  • 2nd Sunday after Thanksgiving

    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.
    The Sacramento Running Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    The fast, net-downhill course follows an historic gold-miners' route: it begins at the Folsom Dam, passes through semi-rural Sacramento suburbs into bustling midtown Sacramento, and has a thrilling finish in front of the spectacular California State Capitol. The field of runners receive outstanding support from experienced volunteers. They also enjoy mile-by-mile course entertainment, the cheers of thousands of spectators, and the beautiful fall colors of Sacramento's famous old growth trees. The fast course attracts not only runners seeking a personal best time, a Boston Marathon qualifying time, an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time (USATF Course Certification #CA07004RS), but also those hoping to achieve their first marathon finish. In addition, top athletes from all over the world compete for a share of the prize money purse and for record times.