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31st California International Marathon Today

31st California International Marathon Today

The California International Marathon is today and thousands of out of town runners are headed our way. That means a big boost for some local businesses.

It's 31st CIM and when you run the numbers more than 10,000 people will be taking to the course with 55,000 spectators cheering them on along 26 miles from Folsom Lake to the State Capitol.

"Certainly many of those are regional residents but it produces just about 1,800 hotel room nights and the economic impact for an event of this caliber is $7.3 million," said Mike Testa with the Sacramento Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Testa continued to say that December is usually a slow month for hotels so the race comes at a good time. Some downtown businesses that are closed on Sundays stay open for the post-race party.

Naturally with crowds of that size, security will be tight.

The Boston Marathon Bombings have led to some changes in how the CIM will get under way.

Folsom Police Commander Rick Hillman says they will have a bomb sniffing dog at the starting line near the lake and extra sets of eyes, as well.

"In the past we have just focused on traffic control and this year we have actually put additional police personel there," Hillman said.

Contingency plans are also in place to divert runners or change the course if there's a need.

The other thing to expect with a major city marathon?  Closed roads.

More than 10,000 runners will be taking to the streets of Sacramento on Sunday and that'll mean plenty of street closures all morning long.

The course begins at Folsom Dam and ends at the State Capitol,

"The biggest area that's going to have the largest traffic impact will be the Fair Oaks and Howe Avenue intersection.  Once we close it at eight, that area will be impacted with runners until around noon," said Seargant Patrick Kohlas with the Sacramento Police Department.

He advised the best way to avoid the event is probably taking Business 80 to Highway 50,

"When there are breaks in the runners, we will try to meter cars across the course when permissable, but the runners will have the right-of-way for this event," Seargant Kohlas said.

Closures will occur between 5:30AM and 1:30PM depending on the location, see below for specifics.  More than 10,000 runners are expected to participate in the 31st annual event.

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