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American Runners Chase Prize Bonuses at CIM

December 01, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

cimlogoBy Ellen Moore, SRA

For the elite American runners in this year’s California International Marathon field, there is an added incentive to run fast – a $5,000 incentive to be exact.

The Sacramento Running Association, organizers of the California International Marathon, added an American Performance List bonus to its $50,000 prize purse for the 34th annual CIM on Dec. 4 and the result has been early commitments from many top U.S. runners.

Standout Stephanie Rothstein Bruce and 2012 CIM winner Daniel Tapia were among the first elite athletes to enter the race and headline the deep American fields.

“I chose CIM because the course, the weather in Sacramento in December and the passion of the city can’t be beat,” said Bruce. “The bonus structure that CIM implemented is a great step forward in encouraging Americans to elevate their performance in the marathon and strive for fast times.”


Barno, Abrha Surge to Victory at CIM

December 13, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

To the winners go the non-alcoholic beers. (L-R Dereje Abera Ali, Julius Keter, Elisha Barno)

To the winners go the non-alcoholic beers. L-R Dereje Abera Ali, Julius Keter, Elisha Barno (Photo credit Alex Chiu)

By Ellen Moore

Kenya’s Elisha Barno made his move after the 20-mile mark, surging ahead of the lead pack at “The Wall” to win the 33rd annual California International Marathon in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 51 seconds on Sunday.

Serkalem Abrha of Ethiopia used a similar strategy, pushing ahead of the lead group and running alone for the last six miles to win the women’s race in 2:31:29.

Much of the drama happened behind the leaders, however, as the chase for the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying mark played out in the women’s race.


Your Memory Sucks! (And Maybe That’s a Good Thing)

May 12, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Science

Your memory is unreliable.

Your memory is unreliable.

Remember how awful your last terrible marathon was?

Remember how bad you felt at 25 miles, when you swore you’d never do another one?

Then why do you find yourself, a month or two later (or less), looking for another one to sign up for?

It turns out that your memory for how well you remember how bad you felt is pretty terrible.

It’s probably the same reason some women have more than one baby.

In a recent study,  marathon finishers were interviewed immediately following a race and again three or six months later.


People Who Live in Glass Houses…

May 05, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News

head scratcherNew questions have emerged regarding the Boston Marathon Dad who famously and publicly scolded his kids’ school principal over a letter concerning their absence from school so they could watch him run.

Apparently, his qualifying run at the Lehigh Valley Marathon was a bit of an outlier compared to all his other race results listed on results aggregator Athlinks, and the only photo of him from that race was taken as he crossed the finish line. (As is typical in a marathon, there were numerous photographers along the course and there are multiple photos of most other runners at different points along the race.)

Naturally, the sleuths at Letsrun are on the case!

Read more at, who has been closely monitoring this important story.


Running is the Most Democratic of Sports

April 21, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Lloyd Levine

Lloyd Levine

By Lloyd Levine

Derek Yorek ran and finished the 2015 Boston Marathon. He is not an elite athlete. Outside of his family and friends it is unlikely anyone had ever heard of him.  But on Monday, April 20th, 2015, shortly after 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), he did something amazing, something incredibly improbable, something that makes road running the most democratic of sports.

On Monday, April 20th, 2015, shortly after 10:00 a.m. Derek Yorek LED the Boston Marathon for several minutes. Yorek ran with and in front of Wesley Korir, Lelisa Desisa, and Meb Keflezighi, the winners of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Boston Marathons.

In what other sport could a “non-elite” line up and compete against the best the sport has to offer?


Could an Uncooperative Union Pacific Kill Sacramento’s Marathon?

April 19, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

rrcrossingYou’ve trained for months and got up at the crack of dawn for the big race. You waited in Folsom for the start, shivering in the dark, with thousands of your friends.

Now, 25 exhausting miles later, you can almost smell the finish line as you pound your way down L Street.

Suddenly, a half block ahead of you, lights flash and bells clang as the guards drop at the railroad crossing. “Can this really be happening?” you wonder. It is certainly possible.

At last year’s Sactown 10, this very thing happened, despite assurances from the railroad that it would not. Subsequently, race management made the prudent decision to re-route the course to avoid the crossing.

But the California International Marathon, finishing at the Capitol, has to cross these tracks. Without completely changing the 30-year old race, there is simply no other way to get from the start to the finish–and Sacramento has no railroad overpasses in Midtown.


Mocko and Yanko Win at Napa Valley Marathon

March 04, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

Mason Myers deserved a fist bump for his masters win in 2:41:26.

Mason Myers deserved a fist bump for his masters win in 2:41:26.

Local Men Dominate

By Mark Winitz

NAPA, Calif. — Two-time Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon winners Chris Mocko and Devon Yanko ascended the winners platform yet again at today’s 37th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon.

Mocko, age 28, of Folsom, who previously won the race in 2011 and 2012, emerged victorious in the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 6 seconds.

Yanko (née Crosby-Helms), 32, of San Anselmo, dominated the women’s field after previously emerging victorious at the Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) in 2007 and 2012. The winners headed a sold-out field of 3,000 entrants who were greeted by blue skies, little wind, and ideal temperatures in the low-40s rising to around 60 degrees by the 6-hour finish cut-off time.


Records Fall at California International Marathon

December 11, 2014 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Jane Kibii takes 2nd! (Photo courtesy of Erik Aguilar/

Jane Kibii takes 2nd! (Photo courtesy of Erik Aguilar/

By John Schumacher

Volha Mazuronak’s surge down the stretch produced a women’s course record and Jacob Chemtai’s late move delivered a personal best en route to individual titles on a cool, fast Sunday at the California International Marathon.

Mazuronak, from Belarus, pulled away from Colfax’s Jane Kibii in the final seven miles to win the women’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds, shattering the 15-year-old course record of 2:29:21 set by Australian Nickey Carroll.

Chemtai, a Kenyan living in Santa Fe, N.M., dropped Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama and Kenyan Kiplangat Terer in the closing miles to win the men’s race in 2:11:57, the eighth-fastest time in the race’s 32-year history.


Fast Field Lining Up for California International Marathon

December 05, 2014 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

CIMlogoBy John Schumacher

A strong group of international runners heads the men’s field while a talented American runner looks like the favorite on the women’s side for the 32nd annual California International Marathon on Dec. 7.

Kenyans Julius Koskei, Eliud Ngetich and Jacob Chemtai, Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Alemayehu and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama all appear capable of winning the men’s race and the $10,000 first prize on the 26.2-mile course from near Folsom Dam to the state Capitol.

Koskei, the 2013 CIM runnerup, owns a 2:10:14 personal best, the fastest time in the men’s field. Alemayehu, who lives in Antioch, has run 2:11:18, owns two top-three CIM finishes and is a two-time Credit Union SACTOWN Ten-Mile Run champion.

Ngetich ran 2:11:59 in 2013 and Chemtai delivered a 2:12:39 performance earlier this year. Chipangama also stood out in 2014 with a 2:12:22 effort.


USA Blind Athletes National Championships Return to California International Marathon

November 03, 2014 By: John Blue Category: General Running News


Matthew Oliver, of Lakeside, CA (red shirt) races to a 3:08:54 finish in the 2013 CIM (Photo courtesy of the USABA Facebook page)

By John Schumacher

The USA Blind Athletes National Championships return to the California International Marathon this year with more runners and an enhanced reputation as a destination event for visually impaired athletes.

A field of 43 is expected for the sixth annual USABA National Marathon Championships, part of the 32nd annual CIM on Dec. 7. That’s nearly a 25 percent increase from last year.

The CIM, a 26.2-mile test from Folsom to the state Capitol, is put on by the Sacramento Running Association.


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