On Sunday, more than 11,000 people participated in the 35th California International Marathon. The annual race began in Folsom and ended in Downtown Sacramento.
Thousands of friends and family members waited for the runners at the finish line near the California State Capitol.
"The support is really nice. I thought there would be dull moments, but it’s actually consistent all the way around, and it's fun reading the signs – they’re really funny," said Mica Reyes, who completed her first marathon in 5 hours and 20 minutes.
“It's all a mind game, really. Your legs are telling you to stop, but you just have to keep pushing or it's going to be a long walk otherwise. I feel really proud of myself for doing it,” Reyes adds.
According to the Sacramento Running Association, the CIM is the No. 1 Boston Marathon qualifier.
"I's still a little surreal. I can't believe I ran 26 miles," said Aileen Castillo after completing her fist marathon.
The Elk Grove resident had participated in several half marathons, but it wasn’t earlier this year that she decided to run her first marathon.
"It was amazing. I had it on my list for a couple of years, and in May I decided – I need to sign up or else I'm never going to do it – and it feels great to know that I finally crossed that finish line and have that done off my bucket list," she adds.