Sunday, December 5, 2010

California International Marathon

The CIM, with over 8,000 registered runners, has become the 17th largest marathon in the US. The course travels from Folsom Dam to Downtown Sacramento on the city's major streets terminating in front of the State Capitol.

Like the Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race, this marathon has become a big time event for Sacramento and draws 50,000 spectators along the course.

Today, I took a walk to downtown to catch the end of the race. The elite runners have already finished by the time I got to the state capitol. The men's winning time by Dylan Wykes from Australia was 2:12:39 and Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia, the fastest women at 2:32:13.

It was cool and overcast, a perfect day for a marathon.

There was a big crowd lining the final mile along Capitol Mall, 8th St. and L St. Here are some pics from the CIM.

What the heck? This looks like a cemetery.

Runners change of clothes in white plastic bags are organized on the state capitol lawn.

Runners who finished fetch their plastic bag. Pretty slick how things are organized.

It's December so the big Christmas tree is decorated in front of the state capitol

Festive atmosphere at the finish line

Live bands were all along the course. This one was at the finish line.

The redhead had a great voice

The walking dead at the finish

Passing out space blankets

Massive number of runners finishing at 3:40+

Whipping around the corner at 8th and Capitol Mall and sprinting toward the finish

The women finish on the left side of Capitol Mall and the men on the right

The women's finish line

Runners coming down L St.

Recognize anybody?

At the corner of 8th and Capitol

More runners streaming down L St.

Turning on 8th to Capitol

A happy spectator

It was impressive the number of runners finishing around 4 hours

A disinterested fan!

Streaking by a red tree

In front of the Hyatt

Another band on L and 16th

The Irish Pub was a popular viewing spot

Cool bongo drummers at Zanzabar Imports at 17th and L

Neat drums

At water stop at 19th and L

Congrates to all the finishers!!

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