The California International Marathon sold out in record time on Aug. 10 — about two to three weeks ahead of when it typically hits the cap. The only way runners can still enter is by going the charity route.
Organizers of the Dec. 2 marathon have set aside an additional 1,000 tax-deductible charity entries for $275. The beneficiary is the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Between the regular entries and those going the charity route, the marathon alone is expected to host about 12,000 runners this year. That doesn’t count the 8,000 additional relay members and Capitol 5K and kids’ maraFUNrun 5K runners.
With 7,044 marathon finishers in 2017, CIM ranked as the 11th largest marathon in the country for 2017, according to a news release.
The marathon, which has a slight net downhill course and typically good running weather, is known for the large percentage of runners who quality for the Boston Marathon. As such, it has sold out the past 10 years.
For the second straight year, CIM will also host the USA Track and Field Marathon Championships, drawing in many of the best American runners from across the country. The 2017 CIM had 91 athletes run 2020 USATF Olympic Trials qualifying times, the second most runners of a single marathon race ever.
For more information on how to enter through the charity route, visit CIM.