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Race Dates

2016: Sunday, December 4, 2016
2015: Sunday, December 6, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 56°F (13°C)
Average Low: 38° F (3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.38
Course Score: 100.38

Race Size

2015: 5,642 Finishers
2014: 5,772 Finishers
2013: 6,229 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 21.6%
2014: 22%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The net downhill, point-to-point California International Marathon (CIM) course is one of the fastest courses in the country. It has long been a popular destination for runners seeking PRs and BQs. The fast course coupled with typically favorable weather, makes the California International Marathon one of the best races for PRs and BQs.

Marathon Rankings

The California International Marathon was the 14th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 15th largest in 2014.

Last year 21.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 22% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the California International Marathon the 30th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 22nd highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 100.38 ranks it as the 20th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the California International Marathon a PR Score of 100.38. This PR Score ranks it as the 19th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 359 feet (109m)
Min Elevation: 19 feet (5m)


Ratings & Reviews for the California International Marathon

5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2015 California International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

review of 2011 California International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the California International Marathon in 3:56:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.