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California International Marathon Reviews


4.9 Stars from 24 Runners





  

By about 2016


Review

Pretty good organization, though a couple notable misses ( the gear drop off trucks were stupid - no sign for bag number range, both trucks parked beside each other, no line control to make an obvious in and out side. C'mon, these things are simple ) . They could also use some helpers / monitors for the bus loading. Site B was pretty chaotic.

I did like the music along the route, and the water and fueling stations were abundant and well stocked/staffed.


Race Tips

It is a pretty rolling course. No big hills, but enough rollers that you might be surprised.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

From the East Bay taking the train ( Amtrak Capitol Corridor ) is an awesome option. Much nicer than driving, especially on the way home.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great organization and great course. I loved the rolling hills and the wide roads. The crowds at the finish were helpful as well.


Race Tips

I would be careful and not go out too fast. The rolling hills through mile 16 can otherwise take their toll on your quads.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Get ready to have your quads beat up. Nice course, great weather, good support.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Liked everything - weather, crowds, nutrition.


Race Tips

Everyone in my group hit the wall at 20 miles. Will have to strengthen the leg muscles to overcome the wall.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Looking for the fastest marathon course? This may not be the right fit for you. Don't be fooled by the claim of "slight downhill" course. It is a rolling course that really doesn't have any flats. That means you are either going up or down during the entire run. Even though I did PR there, it probable had more to do with the weather (which was absolutely perfect!) and the fact that it was only my 3rd full marathon. The race organizers did a great job and the facilities are good too! I paid extra for the VIP package which was worth it for me. The pacer group I ran with was professional and accurate and managed the course properly. Since almost every runner is there to BQ, you won't be held up by slower runners in front of you, the flow moves nicely.


Race Tips

Even pacing should work just fine. Maybe a slight negative split since the course does "flatten" out a bit in the second half.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great course, net downhill, but a few small hills spaced throughout the race. The last 4 miles are flat and really cool. Lots of people cheering you on. The finish in front of the state capital is stunning.


Race Tips

Take it easy the first mile. It is almost all downhill and fast without trying.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

It can be very cold, rainy, or both. On about half the races, the weather is ideal, but prepare for anything.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Loved: Social media build up pre race, clear communications, great informative website, expo, logistics, course, support by locals, volunteers, aid stations, post race set up. The availability of Kleenex was such a small gesture, but so meaningful. I was surprised how much I valued the ability to easily blow my nose! :)

Dislikes: There could have been more porta potties at water points. The lines were crazy. Have more music on the course - blasting your favorite CD would be the best! There should be a rule that prohibits running with candy jiggling around in a water bottle, super annoying sound!


Race Tips

First timers get told that this course is fast and they assume its flat. The course is undulating with a NETT downhill. First timers should pay attention!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Try to get accommodation within walking distance to the finish.

Restaurant recco - South (on Yelp) is an awesome restaurant, with amazing southern food options. The owner works the kitchen and pays attention to customers.

Schedule a massage at Mellow Me Out (Yelp) post marathon. Their Kool Kat special was awesome.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Ideal running weather, lots of downhill, spectators along most of course, beautiful finisher medal, free shuttle to start line, many restaurants downtown, and virtual goodie bag which includes discount for following year's event.


Race Tips

Cool start, but warms up fairly quickly. Strongly recommend using pacers. They are very punctual.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Park downtown (street parking or parking garages) and take shuttle to start. You will be allowed to sit in bus until 15 minutes before race starts.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Well run and great organization. Hillier than I thought the first 13.1 but then nice gentle downhill.


Race Tips

Do not rely on the water tables. I came through 2 of them and they did not have any water or nuun to pass out. So I would carry a bottle if you are trying for a PR


5 / 5 Stars


  Don't underestimate the hills!

By about 2016


Race Tips

Don't underestimate the rolling hills!!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are not enough bathrooms!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great course & support.


Race Tips

Plan on cold or windy weather.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at a host hotel downtown and rode the bus to the start. Then walked back to the hotel after finishing.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

I especially love the blind runners.


Race Tips

People who run it the first time are surprised by the rolling hills at the beginning of the race.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Many nearby hotels in downtown Sacramento. Stay downtown, where the race ends and take the bus to the starting line.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Rolling hills the first 5 or 6 miles. Then slow drop. Good participation for viewers.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The course is very fast
Nicely organized


Race Tips

Best strategy is negative splits and be patient in the first 10 miles


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Perfect weather. Fast course. Great pacers.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hyatt Hotel location was nice & close to the finish.


5 / 5 Stars


  Excellent course, lots of support along the way

By about 2016


Review

Excellent course, lots of support along the way.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you don't want to take the bus to the drop off location, it's easy to have a family member or friend drop you off instead. Just come a little early to beat traffic.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

From the getting onto the buses to the starting line to each and every mile this marathon was awesome....


Race Tips

Find your pace team and stick with them as they are that good.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plenty of street parking near the Sacramento Convention Center if you get there around 4:00am and they do fill up rather quickly as the buses depart at 5:00am.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Very well organized, lots of energy from volunteers, as well as the residents of the areas through which you run. Mostly flat, and the Finish at the Capitol Building, all decorated for the holidays, is SUCH a beautiful sight!


Race Tips

Lots of porta potties at the start, and plenty along the way. The website has a lot of info for spectators, like where they can intersect the course, so my husband and daughter were able to meet me at four distinct places along the route -- the only thing that didn't go smoothly, was that the info provided for spectators online was for an earlier iteration of the race, so one meetup point didn't work out. We gave the feedback to the organizers, so I'm not sure if they've fixed it online.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The Finish is in Sacramento, the Start is in Folsom. A lot of folks seem to get hotels in Folsom, but we got a room in Sacramento, near the Finish. Yes, the morning drive was nearly 30 min, but there was nearly zero traffic at that early hour, and it was so convenient to have a shower near the Finish. I think I'd do the same thing, again.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Perfect weather, good course, great organization.


Race Tips

I ran the first 10K too fast. If you pace correctly, you can race the last 10K on this course.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2011


Review

The point to point course is rolling with a gentle downhill. This allows your body to adjust to the different use of muscles rather than using the same ones on a flat or all downhill or uphill course. The weather is cool. Although it does rain.


Race Tips

This course allow a pretty even pace. CIM has expert pacers many have done this at the race for a long time. Some are known race champions. I ran the race in 2010 & 2011 PR 1st time 7 seconds slower second time. 2012 it rained cats and dogs but folks still seemed to have good times. I was injured.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Sacramento is pretty in the December it is fall there. Stay near the American River Bike Trail. You will need a rental car.


5 / 5 Stars





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