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CIM Filled to Capacity!

August 22, 2012 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

I hope you got in!

The California International Marathon announced today that they have reached their 8,000 runner registration cap.

Last year, the race filled in October, so it looks like there is increasing demand for this popular race.

Fortunately for you fence-sitters, there are still a couple of ways to sneak into the event. (Not including actually sneaking in.)

If you are somewhat speedy, there is a guaranteed entry program for folks who meet the CIM Guaranteed Entry Standards–which are five minutes slower than the relevant Boston Marathon qualifying times.

If you plan to use this program, be sure to mark your calendar because you can only use this guaranteed entry between October 2 and October 15.

If you are not quite so speedy, but feeling a little charitable, the CIM organization is offering 300 charity entries for $250 each (vs. $125 for registration as of yesterday). The extra money raised is to be used for funding youth fitness programs, elite athlete training, trail building in the American River Parkway and cross country courses.

In the first CIM, way back in 1983, there were only 1,600 entrants. This year, with the 8,000 regular entries, the guaranteed entries, the 300 charity entries, and 150-200 elite runners the CIM could easily see 8,500 in the marathon this year!

When you add in the 1,000+ relay teams, we’ll likely be looking at a crowded start this year. You might want to consider giving yourself a good coating of cooking spray to ensure a smooth start out of the crowded chute. (If you do this, please send me a photo.)



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