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Rave Race: California International Marathon

Follow the footsteps of gold miners to the capitol in Sacramento, where women celebrate at their own finish.


Thirty years old, the California International Marathon ( on Dec. 8 is a great place for speedy runners to test out their wheels. Race Director Michelle La Sala says, “The usually perfect weather and the fast course is a great combination.” The marathon features more than 20 musicians and crosses the American River—site of 1849 gold rush panning. Runners enjoy a 50-block countdown of numbered streets to the California State Capitol, where women are spotlighted with our own finish.

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