Standards for consideration into the California International Marathon elite field, courtesy of their website www.runcim.org

“Elite entry is available for those who have achieved a recent sub 2:25 marathon/1:09 half marathon for male athletes and sub 2:52 marathon/1:20 half marathon for female athletes.”

Prize moolah like this: $10K, $5K, $2.5K, $1K, $.5K, Masters $500, $250, $100.

And even more incentive for our U.S., and Nebraska, marathoners:

  • In 2014, the CIM will offer an Olympic Trials bonus for any American achieving the A Standard (2:15:00 men/2:37:00 women) or B Standard (2:18:00 men/2:43:00 women). The payout will be $2,500 for an A Standard or $1,000 for a B Standard.
    No druggies allowed: “In order to apply for elite entry and race for prize money at the CIM, athletes should have a clean drug test record.  The CIM will immediately disqualify any athlete that tests positive for using performance enhancing drugs, and CIM will no longer recruit that athlete for future races. Prize money and incentive bonuses will not be awarded to athletes that test positive for performance enhancing drugs. Athletes returning from a drug suspension will no longer be actively recruited, and they will not be offered food, lodging, and travel assistance to the CIM or any other Sacramento Running Association events.”
  • CIM has traditionally yielded numerous Trials Qualifiers.  It features a net 340′ drop along the point to point course.  Being the last quality marathon of the year is also a big enticement for those looking to run fast times.  Nothing more comfortable in 2015 as knowing you’ve got your qualifier in your back pocket.
  • But don’t rest on those laurels!  Fun factoids- 1) CIM produces more qualifiers than any other marathon.  2) At the 2012 Trials Josh Cox was the top CIM qualifier with 13th overall  fastest in 2:13:51.  On the women’s side Erin Moeller of Iowa at 36th overall fastest qualifer with her 2:37:33 at California International.  3) Cox ran nearly identical at the Trials running 2:13:50 for 14th, Moeller doesn’t show in the Women’s Trials results.
  • Josh and Linda were all smiles after his 2:13:50 down in Houston ’12.