A definate PR and lots of fun! (about: 2000)|
Paul Spencer from Woodland Hills, CA (12/6/00)
This year's CIM (2000) was my first time doing this race. I was looking for a fast, well organized race with mild weather to go for a sub-3:10 to qualify for Boston and I got it! The race starts in a rural area outside of Sacramento and looses 350 feet elevation over the course. There are a few gentle uphills along the way and the elevation loss is very gradual and not going to beat up your quads. The spectator turnout was good despite the rural areas that the course runs through and the turnout gets even better as the course approaches the finish area on the grounds of the state capital. Support for this race was top-notch, with two volunteers at each mile-marker, one calling out elapsed time and the other calling out average pace per mile, and sometimes calling out predicted finish times. Turnout for this race is pleasantly small (3800 finished this year) making the start and finish areas easy to navigate. All in all, a great event!