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The 26.2-mile California International Marathon will impact traffic across much of Sacramento County on Sunday. Motorists should plan to avoid the course during the race. Monitors along the route may allow traffic to cross the course, but only if there are large gaps between runners. The more runners, the fewer gaps.
Nearly 10,000 marathoners and 3,000 relay runners are expected at the start line of the 2019 California International Marathon, and another 5,000 registered for the 5K scheduled for downtown Sacramento on Saturday. That’s about the same number that registered for the marathon in 2018.
The CIM’s start area in Folsom is closed to spectators. There is no non-official vehicle access near the course start on Auburn-Folsom Road near Folsom Dam, and parking is limited. Street closures in the area begin at 5:20 a.m. Sunday and end at 9 a.m. The race starts at 7 a.m.
The race concludes at the state Capitol. Roads in the downtown area will start closing at 8 a.m. on Friday, beginning with Capitol Mall between Eighth and Ninth streets. Some closures around the finish will be in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday.
At the same time, downtown traffic will be disrupted by the closure of J Street between between 13th and 14th streets for the assembly of a large crane to help with the renovation of the Convention Center. That closure is scheduled to last from 5 a.m. Friday until midnight Sunday.
The forecast from the National Weather Service projects showers and mostly cloudy conditions Sunday, with a high near 59 degrees.
The slightly downhill course, which drops 340 feet in elevation over its length, is known as a place to run a fast time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The CIM is put on by the Sacramento Running Association.