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Marathon Relay Challenge, Kaiser Permanente Youth Fitness Program & maraFUNrun    Sacramento Running Association Events

28th Annual CIM registration will open on March 1.

Entry fees and deadlines will be announced at this time.


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In the meantime,
don't miss out on the SRA's newest event!
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Don't delay - Registration closes Jan. 31!

9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7
CSUS Campus, Sacramento

Join us for this festive football-themed 10K, and you will enjoy the rest of your Superbowl Sunday guilt-free!
Online entries only.
Start/finish at CSUS Campus, Sacramento.
Flat, fast, scenic, loop course along the
American River Parkway.
Benefits Arden Arcade Rotary and SRA charities.

CIM Honor Roll Finishers

12 of the 14 finished their 27th CIM. Finishing CIM #27 were Michael Buzbee, Steve Haun, Bruce Mauldin, Michael Nolan, John O'Neill, Steve Polansky, Michael Ryan, Michael Sullivan, Ernie Takahashi, Barry Turner, Tim Twietmeyer, and Denis Zilaff. Retiring from their streak of 26 consecutive CIMs were James Raia and Blake MacDonald.

Thank you, Bart Yasso!

Bart Yasso with book
Runner's World Chief Running Officer, advenure runner and author, Bart Yasso, joined us as the CIM's 2009 Celebrity Guest.
His informative and humorous Expo Clinic presentations were a delight to all. He graciously signed books and gave out training tips at his booth at the Expo, and he cheered in the finishers at the Capitol on race morning.

Thank you, Volunteers!
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The CIM could not happen without the assistance of our 2,000+ dedicated volunteers. We hope you will return next year! Pictured above is the 3:30 Goal finish time CIM Celebrity Pace Team Leader Lee McKinley, one of the CIM's 18 volunteer pace team leaders.

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Do you have a story to tell?

The CIM is always looking for human interest stories to share with our media partners. We also want to receive ideas about ways to improve our events. Email yours to runcim@jhu.edu.


Dear 2009 Finishers and all our CIM friends,

Congratulations to all the CIM, Marathon Relay Challenge & maraFUNrun participants!

For those of you unable to run the CIM, or unable to finish, be assured that the fitness you gained from your training is the most important reward. We send you best wishes for a full recovery.

The Sacramento Running Association's Board and Staff thank the 2009 entrants for choosing the CIM.

We hope to see everyone next year, December 5, 2010 for the 28th Annual California International Marathon,
the 20th Annual Marathon Relay Challenge or the 22nd Annual Kaiser Permanente maraFUNrun!
27th Annual CIM Recap

The Largest CIM Ever... Again!

More than 7,000 marathon entrants, 1000 Relay Teams, and 2,500 maraFUNrunners & walkers.
All 50 states, most of the Canadian provinces and 23 foreign countries were represented. The economic impact of the event for the region is now reported by the Sacramento CVB to have reached 7.7 million dollars.

97% of the Starters Finished!

1,541 of these achieved a Boston Marathon qualifying time, the fourth highest number of BQs after the huge Boston, New York City and Chicago marathons. marathonguide.com

The Winners

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Men's Race Drama! - #18 Mike Morgan (Hanson Brooks Running, Rochester, MI) took control of the race from the start, opening a 35-second lead by the half marathon mark and holding the lead until mile 23. Here he was caught and passed by Tesfaye Girma-Bekele (#2, Ethiopia) and Josh Cox (#17, Mammoth Lakes, CA). These two dueled for the next two miles, with Bekele inching away in the final mile to win by a mere nine seconds (2:13:42). Josh Cox achieved a personal best time - his first since his marathon at Chicago nine years ago. Mike Morgan finished 4th (2:15:47) to Kenya's Kipyegon Kirui (2:14:59).

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Women - Buzunesh Deba, also from Ethiopia, had a less stressful victory. She moved into the lead after six miles and went on to win by nearly eight minutes (2:32:18) over Russian Elena Orlova. Russian teammate Galina Alexandrova was third in 2:40:41.
Relay Teams - New Record! A men's open team, Bomb.com, set a new Relay Team record of 2:18:33, "blasting" the previous record (set in 2008 by open men's team American River College - 2:23:07) by four minutes and 34 seconds.

Performances of Note

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(l to r) Keith Wood, Jen Pfeifer, Jeff Bruins
  • Men's Masters Winner  - 2:34:14 Steve Clarke, Cedar Crest, NM
  • Women's Masters Winner - 2:40:49 Violetta Kryza, Poland
  • New Age Division Record for Men 80 & Older
4:14:05 - Keith Wood from Sultan, Washington
  • CIM 2009 Regional Runner Top Finish Times
Men - 2:33:03 Jeff Bruins, Lincoln
Women - 2:51:43 Jen Pfeifer, Folsom
  • National Championships for Vision Impaired 
Men - 2:58:36 Kurt Fiene, Elmhurst, IL
Women - 4:31:33 Jessica Lorenz, Oakland, CA
  • Clydesdale Winner - 2:52:46 Andrew Grant, Folsom, CA
  • Athena Winner - 3:39:25 Lindsay Smart, San Francisco, CA
  • "The Bachelor"  - 3:07:12 Andy Baldwin, Washington, D.C.
The CIM's Popularity...
...benefits Youth Fitness Programs and the American River Parkway. Similar to 2008 when the CIM raised $40,000 to benefit the American River Parkway, runners continued to request entries after the 2009 marathon registration cap of 7,000 was achieved. Since annual statistics show that a small percentage of runners are no-shows, this year the Sacramento Running Association Board released an additional 250 entries for $200 each. The $50,000 raised from the sale of all 250 entries will help fund Youth Fitness programs and American River Parkway running trail improvements. The CIM and SRA give special thanks to the runners who participated in this late entry program.
Kaiser Permanente Youth Fitness Program Grows!

A record 4,000 kids took part in the Kaiser Permanente Youth Fitness program this year, up from 3,300 last year. These kids finished a cumulative  Marathon over the course of eight weeks earning mileage ribbons and a finisher's medallion. The program culminated with race morning's maraFUNrun, timed so they could stay to see the top marathoners finish. The program is entirely free thanks to sponsorship from Kaiser Permanente.

Look for information about a spring version of this popular Youth Fitness Program coming soon!

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Friends of CIM: the SRA Board and Staff thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at our other events and at the 28th Annual CIM on the weekend of December 5, 2010!

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Friends of CIM: the CIM Board and Staff thank you for your support, and we hope to see you the weekend of December 5, 2010!
Thank You 2009 CIM Sponsors!

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This message has been brought to you by the Sacramento Running Association (SRA), organizers of the California International Marathon, the Marathon Relay Challenge, the Kaiser Permanente 2.62-Mile maraFUNrun, the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon & Relay, the Super Bowl Sunday 10K, and the Running of the Bullipedes. SRA is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its proceeds benefit youth fitness programs, the American River Parkway, running venue improvement and development.

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