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The California International Marathon (CIM) is a 26-mile, 385-yard road race in Northern California. The course follows an historic gold-miners' round beginning at Folsom Dam and passing through rural Sacramento and ends at the California State Capitol. The race starts at an elevation of 366 ft. and finishes at an elevation of 26 ft.

In 1983, marathoner John Mansoor and entrepreneur Sally Edwards organized the first CIM to be an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. CIM served as the United States National Marathon Championship for men in 1984 and for women in 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1993. The California International Marathon, the nation’s fastest-growing marathon for each of the last three years, has attracted a record number of entries and received those entries at a faster clip. The Dec. 5 race between Folsom and the state Capitol drew 8,000 entrants, a 10 percent increase over last year’s record field, a news release said. In addition to the standard marathon, the CIM attracted 4,000 entrants in the Marathon Relay Challenge and 3,000 children for the Kaiser Permanente Youth Fitness Program.

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley. With a population of 466,488 at the 2010 census, it is the sixth-largest city in California. Sacramento is the core cultural and economic center of the Sacramento metropolitan area which includes seven counties; with an estimated population of 2,527,123. Its metropolitan area is the fourth largest in California after the Greater Los Angeles Area, San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Diego metropolitan area as well as the 22nd largest in the United States. A city attaining global status, Sacramento was cited by Time magazine as America's most ethnically and racially integrated city in 2002.

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