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Going to CIM? Where to watch the California International Marathon

The 33rd annual California International Marathon begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Folsom Dam in Folsom, with the 26-mile, 385-yard course ending at the state Capitol in Sacramento.

WEATHER

Be prepared for some rain. The forecast calls for 50 percent chance of showers Sunday. At 7 a.m., the race started under dry skies with temperatures about 50 degrees. Spectator tip from the NWS Sacramento: Bring jackets and umbrellas. Check current conditions.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 9,000 marathoners
  • 4,000 relay runners
  • 2,000 fun-run participants
  • 50,000 spectators expected
  • 26.2-mile route
  • 2014 winners: Jacob Chemtai (2:11:55) and Volha Mazuronak (2:27:33)

WHERE TO WATCH

Among the livelier spots to gather and watch the race are the three relay exchange zones, near mile 6 at the intersection of Oak Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard, the halfway point at the corner of Fair Oaks and Manzanita Avenue, and just past mile 20 at Loehmann’s Plaza. Those areas also offer parking in lots and on the street. Other popular areas include Old Town Fair Oaks around mile 10 and “The Wall” at Fair Oaks and Morse around mile 20. See the CIM website for more spectator recommendations.

AWARDS CEREMONY

At about 10 a.m. at the finish line at the Capitol, catch the awards ceremony to honor the top three overall male and female finishers.

JUST FOR FUN

The 2.62-mile UC Davis Children’s Hospital maraFUNrun & Fitness Walk is open to runners and walkers. It begins at 8 a.m. Sunday on 9th and Capitol Mall near the state Capitol building downtown. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. All finishers receive a medal.

PARKING

Street parking is available near the marathon venues and not metered on Sunday near the finish line. Nearby parking lots include:

  • Sheraton Grand Hotel, 13th & J
  • Alley Public Parking, between J & I and 13th & 14th
  • Public Parking, 14th between H & I
  • Lot H, 10th & L
  • Lot I, I St. between 10th & 11th

ROAD CLOSURES, BUS DETOURS

BE AWARE: SECURITY

Sacramento police will have “heightened awareness,”” a result of the shootings in San Bernardino that left 14 dead. “We are asking the community to be our eyes and ears,” said Officer Traci Trapani, a department spokesman. “If they see any suspicious packages or persons, notify an officer or call 911.”

MORE INFORMATION

More about the marathon, viewing and road closures: runcim.org

FOLLOW THE RACE

Join Sacbee.com’s live blog during the race for updates. If you’re out on the course, share what you’re seeing on Twitter or Instagram with #CIM, #CIM2015

Map of marathon course 
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