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Elisha Barno, Serkalem Abrha Winners Of CIM

Courtesy of Elvert Barnes/flickr

Courtesy of Elvert Barnes/flickr

Dec. 6, 11:09 a.m.:  A 30-year-old man from Kenya won Sunday's 33rd annual California International Marathon in Sacramento.

Elisha Barno made his move after the 20-mile mark, surging ahead of the lead pack and finishing the race in two hours, 11 minutes and 51 seconds.

The women's title was won by 28-year-old, Serkalem Abrha of Ethiopia. She finished in two hours, 31 minutes and 29 seconds.

The marathon is organized by the Sacramento Running Association, a non-profit group dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run.

Original Post: The California International Marathon is this Sunday. Organizers of the annual event say it will bring $7.72 million to the Sacramento area economy. That's because runners from out-of-town will be staying at hotels, eating at restaurants and shopping at stores.

Scott Abbott with the marathon said the running event is known internationally for many reasons, including the first-place prize of $10,000.

"It brings people from all over the world to compete here,” said Abbott on Insight with Beth Ruyak. “But I also think the course and the organization of the race is something that runners are attracted to and our great fall weather. And I think the money kind of sweetens the pot for those elite runners."

To accomodate the 33rd annual race, the California Highway Patrol will be setting up rolling street closures in parts of Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Carmichael and Downtown Sacramento.

Despite the traffic delays, Abbott said the event brings people together.

"It connects 25 neighborhoods and six different municipalities and it really unifies the city of Sacramento,” said Abbott. “And part of that is winding through the streets of the region."

The 26.2 mile race course starts near the Folsom Dam and ends at the State Capitol building. About 9,000 marathoners and 4,000 relay runners are expected to take part. The event typically draws about 50,000 spectators.

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  • Folsom-Auburn Road to the north of the start area is closed to through traffic at the intersection of Eureka Road beginning at 4:30 a.m. and reopening at 8:30 a.m. Only vehicles taking runners to the start will be allowed past the Eureka Road intersection.
  • The finish line area around 9th, and 10th Streets and Capitol Mall will be closed from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
  • The finish line area at 8th Street and Capitol Mall will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
  • The California Highway Patrol mandates the road closures and has ultimate authority on executing the closing and opening of the roads during CIM.
  • The road closure schedule below is subject to change on race day.
5:20 a.m.-7:35 a.m.: Oak Ave.
5:20-7:50: American River Canyon Dr.

5:20-7:50: Santa Juanita & Oak Ave.

6:55-8:05: April & Oak Ave.

6:55-8:15: Beach & Oak Ave.

6:55-8:30: Wachtel

6:55-8:45: Fair Oaks Blvd. & Oak Ave.

7:15-9:00: Woodlake Hills & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-9:15:Greenback Lane

 7:15-9:15: Niessen & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-9:30: Madison Ave.

7:15-9:30: Dorian & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-9:45: Main & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-9:50: Sunrise Blvd.

7:15-10:00: New York Ave. & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-10:15: Hollister & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-10:30: California & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:15-10:45: Manzanita Ave.

7:30-10:45: Grant & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:30-11:00: Kenneth Ave. & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:30-11:15: Garfield & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:30-11:30: Paloma & Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:30-11:45: Saverien & Fair Oaks Bvd.

7:30-12:00 p.m.: Coronado and Fair Oaks Blvd.

7:30-12:15: Watt Ave.

7:30-12:15: Hawthorne & Fair Oaks Blvd.

8:00-12:30: University & Fair Oaks Blvd.

8:00-12:30: Howe Ave.

8:00-12:45: Carlson & J Street

8:00-1:00: Bear Flag & J Street

8:00-1:15: 33rd & J Street   

8:00-1:15: Alhambra Blvd.

7:50-1:30: L Street

7:50-1:35: 22nd & L Street

7:50-1:45: 8th & L Street 

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