The California International Marathon, run on a fast course, is also gaining a reputation for filling its entry field in a hurry.
The 30th annual 26.2-mile, slightly downhill run from Folsom to the state Capitol has reached its cap of 8,000 entries attaining the mark two months earlier than in 2011.
"What 30th may have done is create a stampede to enter," said race director John Mansoor in a news release.
The race has doubled in size in the last seven years.
There are still ways to get into the Dec. 2 marathon that in past years has been run on perfectly windless, cool days or under cold, blustery conditions. Hope is not lost for those who didn't pay their entry fee.
Runners can buy one of 300 charity entries for $250 each. The money earned goes toward youth fitness, elite runners, trail building on the American River Parkway and cross country races.
Also, runners who meet CIM's time standards of five minutes slower than Boston Marathon qualifying times are guaranteed entry during an Oct. 1 through Oct. 15 window. And there are expected to be 150 to 200 elite runners who will sign up to round out the CIM.
The field this year is expected to include 8,500 entrants, 4,400 relay runners and 2,000 fun run joggers. There are still spots open for four-person relay teams.