• Sarah Vaughn wins California International Marathon on her Debut in 2:26:53

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American middle distance runner Sarah Vaughn surprised by winning the California International Marathon on Sunday, December 5 on her marathon debut.

The 35-year-old  Vaughn who competed in the women's 1500 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics clocked an impressive 2:26:53 at California International Marathon to become one of the fastest marathon debutants in America.

Vaughn's marathon time of 2:26:53 was also a new course record.

“Sacramento has always been wonderful to me in my running career,” Vaughn said in a statement. “I made my first Team USA here at Sac State, and last time I was here, I won a race. I had to keep the streak going.” 

Molly Grabill (USA) took a second place here in Sacramento in 2:29:17 while Carrie Dimoff (USA) crossed the line in third in 2:29:33.

Top 10 women finished inside the 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Brendan Gregg won the men's race at the California International Marathon with a personal best time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 21 seconds.

“I love coming back here,” Gregg said. “I’ve done other marathons, but I always want to come back and do it at home at the people’s marathon.”

Gregg and Vaughn, will both take home $10,000 in prize money, plus any performance bonuses. 

More than 9,000 runners took part at the 2021 California International Marathon.

See CIM Marathon results here

Top results men marathon

1. Brendann Gregg (USA) - 2:11:21
2. Rory Linkletter (USA) - 2:12:52
3. Nick Hauger (USA) - 2:12:59
4. Milton Rotich (USA) - 2:13:16
5. Will Nation (USA) - 2:13:24
6. Tyler McCandless (USA) - 2:14:10
7. JJ Santana (USA) - 2:14:15
8. CJ Albertson (USA) - 2:14:45
9. Travis Morrison (USA) - 2:15:06
10. Caleb Kerr (USA) - 2:15:24

Top results women marathon

1. Sarah Vaughn (USA) - 2:26:53
2. Molly Grabill (USA) - 2:29:17
3. Carrie Dimoff (USA) - 2:29:33
4. Katja Goldring (USA) - 2:30:14
5. Molly Culver (USA) - 2:30:20
6. Marco Klimek (USA) - 2:30:48
7. Brianna Boehmer (USA) - 2:33:20
8. Nina Zarina (USA) - 2:33:22
9. Brittany Moran (CAN) - 2:33:37
10. Hiruni Wijayartne (USA) - 2:34:22

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