Das weather man wrote:
typical speculation on Letsrun wrote:
Seems like it runs ridiculously fast, to say the least - and is 3-4 minutes faster than a typical marathon
most of the dumb comments on this thread are from people who have never run the race.
CIM is such a great place to run a marathon. Definitely not 3-4 minutes faster. Maybe 60-90 seconds. The weather is generally perfect, like this Sunday, and that helps people at any marathon run faster.
Aside from great, cool and dependable weather conditions, there's nice rolling hills, good volunteers, great ending location in downtown sacramento, and competitive fields.
i've run CIM, chicago, Boston, Grandma's and Berli, and CIM is my favorite atmosphere by far.
why doesn't everyone just come run it next year instead of commenting on it without any clue of what it is actually like?!
This post highlights the stupidity of the whole thread. Weather is a factor in races, but it's entirely unpredictable. Despite that CIM has consistently fast times - which you attribute to an unpredictable factor. Many, Many races have had near perfect conditions - yet how many of those races have produced 60+ sub 2:20s in one race? or 100+ sub 2:45s for women?
You think the only reason is weather? It's clear it's the course profile, the course has advertised the fact for YEARS.
ok, this is funny. First, weather is predictable- in the short-term. And guess what- there are consistent long-term trends based on geography! Isn't it AMAZING? And Sacramento tends to have 40-50 degrees and low single digit wind about 8 mornings out of 10 in early December. You can look it up for the past 20 years. I did exactly that before registering.
Second- I believe that all the trolls blaming the course ACTUALLY are doing marketing for CIM. Because either people agree that it is a "ski slope", or people rebut that claim with "it's the weather, it's the competition, it's the lack of turns, etc." In other words- whatever response the troll generates- it is PERFECT marketing for CIM. And the registration numbers continue to grow. I've been trolled- and I don't mind, because they put on a great race. (Although the bus driver did get lost on the way to the start this year...)