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36th annual California International Marathon returns

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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The 36th annual California International Marathon (CIM) will take place this weekend, and the starting line is in Folsom.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, more than 15,000 participants and thousands of spectators from Folsom to Sacramento and visitors from all over will join in the fun of this annual race.

Beginning at 7 a.m. at Folsom Dam, the course will run through Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael and Sacramento, concluding at the State Capitol.

According to the Sacramento Running Association, this year’s race is shaping up to be one of the deepest races in American marathon history. The 2017 CIM had a near-record breaking 91 athletes qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials and looks to be primed to produce similar numbers on Dec. 2.

This year’s CIM has a diverse and deep field that includes accomplished marathon veterans and talented event newcomers all looking to be crowned the next champion.

“We’re thrilled to again host the deepest and best-supported field of American marathoners you’ll find at any marathon in the world,” said CIM Race Director Eli Asch. “Our strong field featuring a mix of savvy veterans and talented debutants is poised and ready to take advantage of CIM’s famously fast ‘downhill to downtown’ course while chasing times, titles, and a piece of our nearly $150,000 championship prize purse.”

Folsom will experience some road closures the morning of the event.

Folsom-Auburn Road from Folsom Dam Road to Greenback Lake, Folsom Lake Crossing Road from E. Natoma Street to Folsom-Auburn Road, as well as Oak Avenue Parkway from Folsom-Auburn Road to Santa Juanita Avenue will be closed from 3:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The CIM was founded in 1983 by the Sacramento Running Association, a non-profit organization. The CIM is certified and sanctioned by USATF and is a Boston Marathon and US Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier.

For more information, go to runsra.org.