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Thousands Expected To Participate In California International Marathon

Courtesy of Elvert Barnes/flickr

Courtesy of Elvert Barnes/flickr

More than 5,000 hotel reservations are credited to California International Marathon. Brenda Kirian is with one of the hotels near the race finish line - the Hyatt Regency in downtown. Kirian says runners are a pretty mellow lot.

"Everyone heads to bed early Saturday night," says Kirian. And then Sunday morning it's a ghost town around here because they all catch the shuttle early." The shuttle to Folsom where the race starts.

The marathon will trigger rolling street closures along the course. But CIM's John Schumacher says most locals are okay with that. In fact, he says a lot of folks like to be on the sidelines cheering the runners on...like last year when a runner got hurt near the finish line.

"She broke her foot at the 25 mile mark," explains Shumacher, "and several spectators who live nearby helped her out, gave her some tea, a blanket and crutches to get to the finish."

About 15,000 people are registered to take part in the marathon.

The race will trigger rolling road closures. That may bother some motorists. But Mike Testa with the Sacramento Convention and Visitor's Bureau says CIM gives the community a boost.

"To be able to host an event like CIM is a very positive thing for people who live here," says Testa. "And while not everybody is a marathon runner there's a big part of the public that is part of that community and if not runners themselves very supportive of it."

CIM's economic impact to hotels, restaurants and shops is projected to be around $7 million.

1205 CIM Course Map

Numerous road closures will be in place on Sunday, December 7.  Here is a mile-by-mile look at closures along the course from near Folsom Dam to the state Capitol:

1 – 5:20 a.m.-7:35 a.m. – Folsom-Auburn and Oak

2 – 5:20-7:50 – Oak and American River Canyon

      5:20-7:50 – Oak and Santa Juanita

3 – 7:06-8:05 – Oak and April

4 – 7:09-8:15 -- Oak and Beach

5 – 7:12-8:30 – Oak and Wachtel

6 – 7:15-8:45 – Oak and Fair Oaks

7 – 7:18-9:00 – Fair Oaks and Woodlake Hills

      7:15-9:15 – Fair Oaks and Greenback

8 – 7:21-9:15 – Fair Oaks and Niessen

      7:15-9:30 – Fair Oaks and Madison

9 – 7:24-9:30 – Fair Oaks and Dorian

10 – 7:25-9:45 – Fair Oaks and Main

        7:25-9:50 – Fair Oaks and Sunrise

11 – 7:30-10:00 – Fair Oaks and New York

12 – 7:33-10:15 – Fair Oaks and Hollister

13 – 7:35-10:30 – Fair Oaks and California

        7:35-10:45 – Fair Oaks and Manzanita

14 – 7:39-10:45 -- Fair Oaks and Grant

15 – 7:42-11:00 – Fair Oaks and Kenneth

16 – 7:45-11:15 – Fair Oaks and Garfield

17 – 7:48-11:30 – Fair Oaks and Paloma

18 -- 7:50-11:45 – Fair Oaks and Saverien

19 – 7:50-noon – Fair Oaks and Coronado

        7:50-12:15 p.m. – Fair Oaks and Watt

20 – 7:57-12:15 – Fair Oaks and Hawthorn

21 – 8:00-12:30 – Fair Oaks and University

        8:00-12:30 – Fair Oaks and Howe

22 – 8:03-12:45 -- J and Carlson

23 – 8:05-1:00 – J and Bear Flag

24 – 8:05-1:15 – J and 33th

        8:05-1:15 – J and Alhambra

25 – 7:50-1:35 – L and 22nd

26 – 7:50-1:45 – L and 8th

Folsom-Auburn Road north of the start will be closed to through traffic at Eureka Road from 4:30 a.m.-8 a.m. Only vehicles taking runners to the start will be allowed past Eureka.

10th Street between L & N will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 6. The finish-line area around 8th, 9th, 10th and Capitol Mall will be closed from 4:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 7.

Course monitors will occasionally allow cross traffic if there are large gaps between runners.

Yolo Bus Service During CIM

On Sunday, December 7 2014, between 7:45am and 1:45pm Downtown Sacramento will be hosting the California International Marathon. Due to this event, Yolobus routes going through L, N, 8th, 9th, and a portion of Capitol Mall will be rerouted for the duration of the event.

Routes affected by the Closure

40 (West Sacramento Local), 42A (Intercity Clockwise), 42B (Intercity Counter-Clockwise), and 240 (West Sacramento Shuttle)

Bus Stops Closed

  • 15th at K St.(Southbound)
  • L St. at 13th (Westbound)
  • L St. at 10th (Westbound)
  • 9th at L St. (Southbound)
  • Capitol Mall at 7th (Westbound)
  • 8th at N St (Northbound)
  • N St. at 7th (Eastbound)
  • N St. at 4th (Eastbound)

Limited Closures

Route 40 and 240 will not serve these additional bus stops:

  • J St. at 8th (Eastbound)


1205 CIM Yolo Bus 2


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