Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Folsom, CA • Course Map
Get ready for a net downhill course that should unfold in great weather at the Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1, a race with a half marathon, relay and 5K that is inspired by the legendary Johnny Cash song “Folsom Prison Blues,” and takes place in a city with plentiful shopping and restaurants that’s also near some incredible wineries.
The race starts on the Johnny Cash Bridge (aka Folsom Lake Crossing) and travels downhill and around Lake Natoma. Runners start west along Folsom Lake Crossing and make a left onto Folsom-Auburn Road. The first couple of miles are the biggest descents and runners will be able to fall into race pace quickly.
Once the course hits the intersection with Greenback Lane just before the second mile marker, runners will make a left. A quick right will then take racers onto the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail section of the American River Bike Trail.
The trail hugs the shoreline of Lake Natoma and offers runners views of the water as they make their way south. Just past mile mile 6 marker, runners will run south through the Willow Creek Recreation Area. Just before reaching Nimbus Dam, runners will turn around and retrace most of their steps toward downtown Folsom.
The final mile follows the curve of the lake as the course returns to the American River Bike Trail. Runners will begin to hear the sights and sounds of downtown as they make their way towards the finish line just beyond Folsom Boulevard.
All runners who finish the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes or less will receive a medallion. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers along with the top 3 in each age group.
Race Weather & Climate
Folsom has long, hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. October average temperatures are nearly 80°F for the highs and mid-50s for the lows, while the area this time of year is usually pretty dry — only about 1.46 inches of rain falls on average in October in Folsom.
On race day (Oct. 21), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 76ºF.
- 2017 Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 Results
- 2016 Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 Results
- 2015 Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 Results
- 2014 Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 Results
- 2013 Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 Results
- $45 – $75 for the half marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 Half Marathon, register online at RunSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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