Several records broke, many legs shook and few bodies went unbruised by the end of this year's California International Marathon. About 15,000 participated in the Sacramento Running Association's CIM and 50,000 cheered runners on along the downhill course.
At 9 a.m. two groups of runners lined up to push through the fog at the sound of the gun, the relay racers and the marathoners.
While Volha Mazuronak broke the women's fastest time on the course to date with her finish of 2:27:30, another story developed further back in the pack.
December 7 marked the day that Kathy Schieno, a Rocklin, Calif. resident, ran her first marathon.
As Ally, her daughter, felt the weight of the the participant medal, Kathy Schieno had a quick conversation with me. Training started six months ago, shortly after completing the Shamrock’n Half earlier this year. Using the Nike+ plan to increase mileage and endurance, Kathy was able to keep her pace near 8:30 a mile to finish the race in 3:45.
Parents and cheer leaders, Bonnie and Larry O’Donnell, initially waited at the 14 mile marker with Lays potato chips and a Gatorade to fuel their daughter on then hurried to the finish line.
While they waited along the fence at the finish line, Bonnie mentioned, "She was right on every single time, I’m proud of her."
Looking up as she shivered under a Mylar emergency blanket in the finish area near her daughter, Schieno stated, “It was a rough year, I wanted to finish it off strong.”
Schieno now waits to see if her official time qualifies her for the Boston Marathon. Entry into the Boston Marathon is dependent on age bracket and finish time.