From the expo to the finish line....Find your answers here.
DATE / TIME / PLACE:
The marathon will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2013, near the Folsom Dam in Folsom. The scenic 26-mile, 385-yard course runs from Folsom Dam to the State Capitol in Sacramento.
Age divisions are determined by age of entrant on race day
ELECTRONIC LISTENING DEVICES:
AGE LIMIT RESTRICTIONS:
BIB NUMBERS (USATF requirements):
USABA Class Description for the Blind/Visually Impaired
CIM Guidelines for the Blind/Visually Impaired
For more information on the United States Association of Blind Athletes and information regarding guide running go to usaba.org.
You will pick up your CIM packet (race bib, timing chip, t-shirt) at the Health and Fitness Expo. The bib number is the paper imprinted with your race number. It identifies you, and only you, as an official competitor.
HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO:
The CIM does not offer this. Several years ago we did but have since discontinued it due to the lack of particpation. You can, however, check out the virtual course tour on the Fun Facts page link below.
GETTING TO THE START:
CIM is run on a point-to-point course, which means that the starting line is 26.2 miles away from the finish point.
The BEST option: TAKE THE BUS!
The OTHER option: RUNNER DROP-OFF
Runners may have someone drive them to runner drop-off areas near the start. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND CARPOOLING to relieve potential congestion getting to these drop off locations.
RUNNER DROP-OFF LOCATIONS (PLEASE CARPOOL if at all possible!)
From areas North and North East of the start line (Roseville, Auburn, etc.)
From areas South of the start (downtown Sacramento, areas south of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, etc.)
From areas West of the start line (some areas of Fair Oaks and Carmichael, also Orangevale and Citrus Heights)
From areas East of the start line (some areas in Fair Oaks and Carmichael, as well as Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, etc.)
STARTING AREA AMENITIES:
Nothing but the best for those about to face this 26.2-mile challenge.
SWEATS BAG INFO:
IMPORTANT STARTING LINE ADVICE:
Proper fluid intake is crititcal not only for a good performance but also for your health during and after the event. Too little fluid intake leads to dehydration; too much and improperly balanced fluid intake can lead to hyponatremia.
Please read this bulletin from USA Track & Field for proper fluid intake guidelines. You should also read this paper, "Proper Hydration for Distance Running"(pdf) published by USATF.
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER:
On your 26.2-mile journey, please be considerate of the local residents. Discard your spent gel packets, empty water cups, disposable layers of clothing (plastic ponchos, gloves, garbage bags, old clothes, etc.) at the containers provided at the fluid stations. The CIM has volunteers and staff who clear the course of these items, but this can take several days, especially if the litter is extensive. Meanwhile the very people who allow you to run through their neighborhoods must view the unsightly debris. This gives not only running events but also runners themselves a bad rap. Our organizations and participants are considered to be environmetnally sensitve groups, but wanton littering during an event tarnishes that image. Thank you in advance for following the guidelines above.
WHAT IF I CAN'T FINISH:
Not to worry-better to not finish and stay healthy than to totally trash yourself. We'll be here next year, and the year after, ad infinitum! If you are ready to "cry uncle," park yourself at the nearest aid station, hand over your timing chip to the designated aid station volunteer, get medical assistance if necessary, and mull over what went wrong. A sweep vehicle will take you to the finish.
You've done it and a hero's welcome awaits you! The finish line area has been a beehive of activity since pre-dawn hours. Let friends and relatives know it's a great place to spectate and cheer. They can watch or run the maraFUNrun, see the wheelchair competitors zoom to the finish (course record is 1:45:10), and see if a relay team finisher can beat the first place male and/or female individual finisher. As you round the corner at 8th and Capitol Mall, you will be directed to one of two finish lines.
Only runners and volunteers are allowed in the finish area; meet your friends and family at the designated meet and greet area on the Capitol Steps behind the Christmas tree.
POST-MARATHON FOOD ETIQUETTE:
The CIM does not provide a post-marathon "all-you-can-eat" buffet. Start your nutrition replenishment here, but finish it at a local restaurant or in the comfort of your own home. Be kind to the runners finishing after you: they have been on the course longer and are likely to be much hungrier than you!
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel at 3:00 p.m.
Awards will be presented to the top three finishers (according to gun times, a USATF rule) in the following divisions: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, pushrim wheelchair, vision impaired, clydesdale, and athena.
Relay Team awards will be given to the top three teams in each division. Relay Team and Clydesdale/Athena awards will NOT be presented during the awards ceremony, however, will be mailed 4-6 weeks following the event.
OVERALL RACE RESULTS:
Unofficial award winners will be posted in the finish area as soon as they are spit out of the computer. Overall results will be available on the results page on this website by Sunday evening.
The official race photography company is SportPhoto.com. Race photos will be posted on this website (with the results) soon after the event and will be available for purchase. Be sure to have your bib number clearly visible on the front of your clothing at all times because your bib number is the reference the photographers use to enable you to access your photos easily.
CIM is a favorite marathon for runners around the world to make their qualifying time for the Boston Marathon and is ranked in the top five U.S. marathons by Runner's World Magazine as a Boston Marathon qualifier. It is 5th behind huge marathons like Boston itself, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia in the numbers of runners who qualify. Note that entries tend to close in November for the next year's Boston Marathon, but your CIM time will qualify you for two years of Boston Marathons. Therefore, you will be able to apply for the following year as soon as entries open. If you have already entered the next year's Boston Marathon, you may use your CIM time to upgrade your start corral location by notifying the event. Click here for instructions.
Below are listed the age division qualifying time. Please note that the BAA uses chip times for their qualifying times.
For additional Boston Marathon qualifying information click here.
For the 2014 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after September 22, 2012. The acceptance of official race entrants will be based on qualifying time, with the fastest qualifiers (in relation to their age and gender) being accepted first until the race is full.
Your 2012 CIM time will be suitable as a qualifier for the 2014 Boston. Also, if you run a faster time between the 2012 CIM and the 2014 Boston Marathon, you may submit that time for a better corral start.
Entrants in the Push Rim Wheelchair Division, Mobility Impaired Division, and Visually Impaired Division are all subject to qualifying standards for their age and gender. These standards are unchanged from recent years.
|Open (Classes 3 & 4)||18-39||2:00||2:25|
|Quad (Classes 1 & 2)||18-39||2:45||3:10|
Blind/Visually Impaired Division
The qualifying time is 5:00 hours for visually impaired athletes (men and women) classified T11, T12, and T13.
Mobility Impaired Program
Individuals with permanent disabilities that affect ambulation and who would not otherwise qualify for entry in other divisions are being granted the following extended qualifying times: