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2017 Half Marathon/Relay Course Revisions

Updated 10/18/2017

The Half Marathon/Relay course has been revised to avoid the rockslide on the North side of Lake Natoma. As in the past, the Half Marathon, Relay and 5K all start near the Johnny Cash Bridge (aka Folsom Lake Crossing), although the Half marathon and Relay Start is now 1 mile from the Folsom-Auburn Rd./Folsom Lake Crossing individual runner drop off. If you decide to purchase a bus ticket for the runner drop off at the East Natoma St./Folsom Lake Crossing BUS location (0.25 mile from the start), you may do so at Friday or Saturday Packet Pick Up.

The Half Marathon/Relay course follows a scenic, downhill, out and back route along the South side of Lake Natoma to the same finish in Folsom's Folsom's Historic District. It includes running across the famous Rainbow Bridge and through Historic Folsom in the early miles. The Relay Exchange is conveniently located at 6.6-miles, just across Folsom Blvd. from the the Iron Point Light Rail Station and Outlet Stores, with lots of free parking for those not taking the bus. Following a "lollipop loop" around the Nimbus Dam Recreation Area, approximately 4.5 miles remain to the finish in Historic Folsom. The 5K course remains the same as in prior years, and the Kids 1K Breakaway course is the same as last year.

Scroll down for additional information, spectator tips, and for course elevation profiles.

FBB Half Marathon Course Overview

2017 Half Marathon/Relay Course Overview with Spectator Tips- click image to enlarge.

FBB 5K Course Map

2017 5K map - click image to enlarge.

Spectator Tips

Please note that there is no parking at the start, so those dropping off runners or wanting to watch their friends start, should plan to begin spectating at Spots #1 or #2.

Spectator Spot #1: Folsom Historic District,  mile 3.6

  • From the Folsom-Auburn Rd./Folsom Lake Crossing intersection runner drop off, go directly to Spectator Spot #2 (Willow Creek State Recreation Area) via Douglas Blvd to Hazel Ave. Turn right off of Hazel onto Madison Ave. After it merges into Greenback Lane, turn right onto  the Lake Natoma Bridge and follow Folsom Blvd. south. Just 0.25 mile after the Blue Ravine intersection, turn right into the Willow Creek State Recreation Area.
  • From the East Natoma St./Folsom Crossing Intersection runner drop off, take East Natoma St. back into downtown Folsom and turn right on Riley or Wool St. Plenty of parking is available there.  For those traveling on Hwy. 50,  take Folsom Blvd. to Folsom and travel 2.8 miles directly into Historic Folsom.

Spectator Spot #2: Willow Creek State Recreation Area, mile 6.3 (also the Relay Exchange area)

From the Folsom Historic District, take Folsom Blvd. South. Just 0.25 mile after the Blue Ravine intersection, turn right into the Willow Creek State Recreation Area. Traveling on Hwy 50, exit Folsom Blvd. and turn left. Travel 1.25 miles and make a u-turn at Blue Ravine intersection. Go 0.25 mile to the Willow Creek turnoff.

Spectator Spot #3:  Nimbus Dam State Recreation Area, mile 8.5

From Willow Creek State Rec. Area, turn right onto Folsom Blvd. Travel two miles and turn right onto Aerojet Rd. After 0.5 mi. turn right again into the Nimbus Dam State Recreation Area parking lot. From Hwy 50 exit onto Aerojet Rd. After 0.5 mi. turn right again into the Nimbus Dam State Recreation Area parking lot.

Spectator Spot #4 mile 10.5: back to Willow Creek State Recreation Area,  - See Spectator Spot #2

Spectator Spot #5: the Finish, mile 13.1

The finish is located in the Folsom Historic District at the intersection of Gold Lake Dr. and Leidesdorff St. in front of Karen's Bakery. Watch all those runners "Cross that line" Johnny Cash style! From Hwy. 50  take Folsom Blvd. to Folsom. Travel 2.8 miles into the Historic Folsom District. From Hazel Ave., turn left on Madison Ave. and follow it to where it merges with to Greenback Lane. Turn right, cross the Lake Natoma Bridge, and take the first exit ramp on the left up to the Folsom Historic District.

2017 Start Area Details

2017 Start Area Details - click image to enlarge.

FBB 2017 Finish Area Details

2017 Finish Area Details - click image to enlarge.

FBB 2017 Kids 1K Breakaway

2017 Kids 1K Breakaway Map - click image to enlarge. Please note the 1K starts at 7 am.

Online Course Maps

Below are links to interactive, online maps created using GPS data. Please note that distances and elevations will vary depending on the settings of GPS devices.

CLICK HERE for an interactive, online map of the Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon/Relay Map.

CLICK HERE for an interactive online map of the Folsom Blues Breakout 5K Map.

More Course Details

Race Day Road Closures:

  • Folsom Crossing Bridge: 5 am to 8 am
  • Folsom Auburn Road between Folsom Crossing Bridge and Greenback Ave.: 7 am to 8:30 am

The 13.1 mile course (for both the Half Marathon & Relay) has the following features:

  • Five fluid stations with water and electrolyte replacement (meaning nine chances to access these since the course is an out-and-back).
  • Every mile is marked.
  • Course remains open for everyone able to proceed at a 16-minute- per-mile pace (3 hours and 30 minutes finish time).

Like last year, The Kids 1K Breakaway it starts and finishes at the finish line of the other races, near the corner of Leidesdorff and Gold Lakes Drive in Historic Folsom.

FBB Half Marathon/Relay Course Elevation

FBB Half Marathon/Relay Course Elevation

FBB 5K Course Elevation

FBB 5K Course Elevation