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2007-08-24 4:37 PM

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Subject: Sacramento - California International Marathon

Anyone training or planning on this race? Especially locals who could provide some insider information?

This race is attractive because I can stay with some friends in the area, but it would be nice to connect with some racing folk too!



2007-08-25 5:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
CIM is on my schedule . Would be #2 I have heard nothing but good things about CIM from our Running Club . As a matter of fact a few are travelling up from LA to run it. Early start , Boston Qualifier , fast course , Historically cool weather.
2007-09-26 9:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
LAst year it was about 38F at the start and about 56F at the finish. Clear blue sky. The first couple of miles are shady and cold. Lots of rolling hills til about mile 17 then it's pancake flat. I've done it twice and enjoyed it. Only about 5-7000 people.
2007-09-27 6:43 AM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
Strongly considering it ... btw spokes and a few others are running it, too.
2007-09-28 5:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon

I ran it last year also.  yes, quite cold at start (high 30s), but that may work better for many.  Even though the course is net downhill, there are rolling hills for first 10 miles.

Logistically, i thought it worked out better to stay at a hotel near the start rather than near the finish since I'd prefer to sleep in as much before the race and deal with getting back to the hotel afterward.

As usual, check race reports also to get more info.

2007-10-01 2:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
I did the full 2 years ago and last year I ran it as a relay. I haven't committed it to it yet this year and I'm already behind in training for it, but I don't think it's completely out of my reach. I may just opt for the relay again, though.

My house is a few blocks from the first relay point and I often run and ride on part of the course. As others have said, rolling hills for the first part. Nice course and good support. There's also a great expo that weekend in downtown Sac where you pick up your race packet.

It has been cold on the morning of the race: mid-30's (F), but sunny. No rain in the last couple of years, so we're "due".

It's a PR course. I've heard from others who have PR'd there and/or used it to qualify for Boston.

Mike


2007-10-01 3:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
I am hoping on doing it...I am doing the Silicon valley the month before...so hopefully will be ready for it.  Never run it before, so excited.
2007-10-01 5:07 PM
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2007-10-24 11:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
it's getting close
2007-10-29 9:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
I'm going to pass this year, but good luck to everyone registered and doubly so for those trying to BQ there.
2007-11-12 1:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
It is starting to get close...is anyone hosting a BT get together?  I would love to meet the people I talk to almost everyday?


2007-11-12 3:29 PM
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runningwoof - 2007-11-12 11:24 AM
It is starting to get close...is anyone hosting a BT get together?  I would love to meet the people I talk to almost everyday?


I'm signed up as the first 2 legs of the relay but I'd be up for a get-together afterwards. The Pyramid Brewery Alehouse (http://www.pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/sacramento.php) is walking distance from the finish line and the food is good (I don't drink but I hear the beer is good too).

Our meeting time would kind of depend on people's finish times. Because I'm only doing the first 1/2 of it, I will finish early, so anytime will work for me.

Mike
2007-11-12 3:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
I am up for that....I won't be drinking afterwards...I will need to drive back to San Jose soon after the race and 1 beer would probably make me really drunk by that point.  I am hoping for around a 4:15 or 4:30 time... What time would work for everyone else.
2007-11-12 7:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
im up for it- lets organize!
2007-11-17 2:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
I'm in!

I did it two years ago and it was 32 degrees at the start... I ran in shorts, long sleeve running shirt, vest and gardening gloves... I ditched the vest at mile 10 as it warmed up nicely... This race still my personal best time (2:54:53)... This year I'm aiming to go <2:50 and I'm pretty sure its going to happen. I love the course and the race... The key, in my opinion, is to take it easy through 13... after that let yourself open up. If you run this race smart, you will PR here. It is a fast course. Some people go out too aggressively and the early rollers eat them up... take your time, stretch your legs by running a little faster on the upsides of the rollers then cruise the backsides... if you do this you will be fresh for what may be the flattest and fastest second half of a marathon course in the country...

I've done Boston and NYC and although this race is not nearly as big, it is in many ways just as good!

Hope to see a few of you in Sacramento!
2007-11-19 2:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
Wow! 2:53 is really fast! I'm not doing it though... Just a 5k on Thanks Giving and a trail run on Dec.8th (Angel Island.)


2007-11-19 3:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon

Can't believe I haven't posted a firm commitment here yet, since I've been firmly committed for a while!

YES, I AM IN! I PAID THE DOUGH! I AM IN TAPER TANTRUM AS I TYPE! (can you tell?)

I nominate spokes to worry about the BT get together, since he actually lives in Sacramento and knows a thing or two.

It'll be wonderful to see all of you and meet up!

2007-11-19 3:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon

I am very excited to meet other BTers too...can't wait

2007-11-20 11:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
Yay BTers!! I'm good for sub-4:30. We have about an inch of snow up here already so I'm looking forward to coming to sunny California!

Afterwards: Pyramid Brewery Alehouse it is. Reservations needed?

Here's who I've got racing:
runningwoof
TriAya
DickDime
cdom
ellismichael
spokes
Scout7
marina
2007-11-20 1:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
When I went there last year with my relay team after finishing just under 4 hours (we were there before noon), we didn't need reservations. But by the time we left it was getting busier.
2007-11-27 8:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon

Well, I think I am going to have to back out of CIM this year...I was really looking forward to meeting BTers too...Multitude of reasons, all boiling down to money.  My ride and houseing partner injured himself and will not be going...I don't think my car would make it to Sacramento right now, plus gas, plus registration fee. 

There is a 10k on sunday here in SJ...I guess I will do that.  Not such an accomplishment as a marathon, but oh well.

Good luck everyone and have a great race.



2007-11-27 12:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon

Good luck to everyone doing CIM this weekend.

I was not able to get a slot for the race this weekend so decided to run my backup race instead. (Doing Tucson) I chatted with the RD and although he was very helpful, he could not guarantee there would be a slot for me at the expo.

Oh, RunningWoof: Sorry to hear your not going to make it this year. There is always next season.

Cheers

2007-11-29 1:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon

Some corrections to racers list below: 

marina - 2007-11-20 11:13 AM Yay BTers!! I'm good for sub-4:30. We have about an inch of snow up here already so I'm looking forward to coming to sunny California!

Afterwards: Pyramid Brewery Alehouse it is. Reservations needed?

Here's who I've got racing:

TriAya
DickDime
cdom
ellismichael (Relay Leg)
spokes
marina

I'll be extraordinarily lucky if I stagger in between 5:30 and 6:00, so I don't think I'll make it to the Alehouse. However, I plan to scour the 4-4:30 groups to see who I can say a quick "hi" to before the race. And in case any of you find yourselves at the Expo on Saturday afternoon, try giving me a buzz: (310) 736-5773.

Hope some of us manage to catch each other!

This is EXACTLY what I'll look like come race day (okay I'm a bit slimmer now--but watch for the yellow singlet, red bandanna, long dangly earrings, and dragon thigh tattoo):





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2007-11-29 3:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
2007-11-29 5:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Sacramento - California International Marathon
Yeah, TriAya -- a LOT slimmer! Great job! I'll keep a lookout for your yellow-ness and dragon-ness.

I'll now only be running the 2nd leg of the relay. A 4th person wanted to join, and it made it more convenient for me (the 2nd relay leg starts about 3 blocks from my house -- I can walk there). But I'm planning on going to the finish line afterwards to watch and cheer, then meet at Pyramid, if anyone is gonna come.

Anyway, during the race I'll be wearing my Sac Tri Club jersey with a base layer and a black beanie. After my race, I'm not sure what I'll be wearing, but maybe I'll put on a BT t-shirt to help identify myself.

I'm meeting my relay team at the Expo on Saturday at noon at the California Triathlete booth, but leaving shortly afterwards to go watch Ironman HI on NBC at 1:30. I'll be there prior to that getting my packet and doing some shopping.

Hope to see you all at some point!
Mike



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