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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, December 2, 2018
2017: Sunday, December 3, 2017

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

2017: 7,084 Finishers
2016: 6,175 Finishers
2015: 5,642 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 18.3%
2016: 22.9%

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 11th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 13th largest in 2016.

Last year 18.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 22.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the California International Marathon the 72nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 31st highest percentage in 2016.


Its Course Score of 100.38 ranks it as the 28th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 26th 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)

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Recent California International Marathon Reviews

4.9 Stars from 25 Reviews
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review of 2017 California International Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Overall the course and support were good and the scenery was good. It is a pretty hilly course and the two time I ran it my quads got fried! The one thing I didn't like was the finish. They separate women's and men's finishes, but they weren't clearly marked, so I crossed the wrong finish. Also, all of the after run food is after you mix with the general public so you have to battle throngs of non-runners to try to find some food. This year is was breakfast sandwiches which I couldn't eat. Typical fruit and light snack bars would have much more appreciated. Aside from that, a good course. The first time I ran it I qualified for Boston!!

Race Tips

Definitely do not go out too fast. I thought I was doing ok the when I ran it this year but had fried quads after mile 15. That was mostly due to poor training, but still, the hills are not to be taken lightly!!

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




review of 2016 California International Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2016 California International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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review of 2016 California International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

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review of 2016 California International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

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Finish Time Equivalent

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