The California International Marathon is coming up this Sunday, December 3rd. That means that over 9,000 runners are going to be looking for the best places to eat, drink and recover come Sunday afternoon. Lucky for you, Volée member Tiffany James (aka Running for Carbs) has done the heavy lifting and shares her top local recommendations! Get ready to #FlyCIM!


It’s that special time of the year again; and yes, I’m referring to the California International Marathon! As the holidays fast approach, it’s also the time of the season where Sacramento gets ready for the largest marathon in our area.

After spending the morning racing, cheering and cowbelling at the fastest course on the west coast, Sacramento (known as the farm-to-fork capital) is one of the best cities to wine, dine and EAT all the foods!

It’s too hard to list only a few of my favorite places to eat and drink in Sacramento, so here’s an easy list based on you might be craving!


Coffee: Temple Coffee and Identity Coffee

Pizza: Hot Italian, Pizza Rock, Federalist

Burgers: Burgers & Brew, Broderick’s Midtown

Mexican: Tres Hermanas, Zocalo, Centro Cocina Mexicana

Pasta: Paesanos

Drinks: LowBrau, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Der Biergarten, New Helvetia Brewing Company

Restaurants: Tower Café, Cafeteria 15L, Café Bernardo

I’ve eaten and had drinks at every single one of these places and love everything they offer. Enjoy!

When you’re done stuffing your face, walk over to the Sacramento State Capitol building. This iconic building is beautiful and offers tours on both the weekday and weekends. This is a great opportunity to learn about California’s rich history, snap some great pictures.


Afterwards, head over to the Tower Bridge and walk along the Sacramento River.  A California icon and most photographed bridge in the area, it’s one view you won’t want to miss!

If you’re looking for a nice recovery run coupled with seeing the sights, why not try a running tour? Join Sac Running Tours to explore Sacramento's newest street art. More than 50 local, national and international artists have transformed the streets of Sacramento for the Wide Open Walls Mural Festival.


Be sure to check out local Oiselle retailer Fleet Feet Sacramento. Fleet Feet Sacramento, the original store of the franchise company, opened its doors in 1976. The culture of Fleet Feet Sports family is centered around helping others and improving lives and our community daily. 

Hope you enjoy and experience the best of Sacramento, it’s truly a beautiful city. See you soon!

- Tiffany


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