Another picture perfect day of running provided the backdrop for the 1600+ runners participating in the 7th Annual Folsom Blues Breakout events. The event celebrates the legacy of Johnny Cash and his famed relationship with Folsom Prison by providing the participants and volunteers unique Johnny Cash-themed technical t-shirts, rockabilly music from the start in the shadow of Folsom Prison to the finish in Historic Folsom, colorful and unique finisher medallions, and a Johnny Cash tribute band at the Finish Festival in Folsom Station Plaza.
The scenic, rockabilly-music-filled Half Marathon and Relay start at Folsom Crossing next to Folsom Lake, the Folsom Dam, and bordering the Folsom Prison grounds. Once again it used an out and back route from Historic Folsom on the South side of the lake with a lollipop loop around the Nimbus State Recreation Area. The 5K route remained the same, starting on Folsom Crossing and taking runners across the iconic Rainbow Bridge on its “Fastest Course in the West”, point-to-point, downhill course.
The popular location of the Finish Line and Finish Festival returned to Folsom Station Plaza, between Leidesdorff and Sutter Streets. Finishers enjoyed the post race refreshments, a Vendor Expo, Beer Garden and Johnny Cash Tribute Band. Spectators, family and friends had a clear view for cheering their runners as they "crossed that line"!
Congratulations to all the finishers with a special shoutout to the top finishers in each event listed below. Click here to view official results.
Half Marathon - Overall & First Male: Brad Poore (Auburn, CA) returned to better his 2018 winning time (1:13:55) with a 1:12:32 finish. First Woman: Jane Kibii (Auburn, CA), 1:15:37; this was her 3rd FBB Half victory.
Relay - First Coed Team & Overall Winning Team by 13 seconds!: Team Abaya 2 (Sacramento, CA) 1:35:24; First All Male Team: Donut Patrol (Gilroy, CA) 1:35:37; First All Female Team: Hot Mamas (Granite Bay) 1:38:17.
5K - Overall & First Male: Sebastian Leon (Sacramento, CA) 16:43; First Woman: Catherine Cavillo (El Dorado Hills, CA), 20:03.
Congratulations Blue and Gold Challenge Finishers!
We hope everyone is looking ahead to another round of the Challenge in 2020! Click here for the 2020 Gold Country Half Marathon information, including Blue and Gold Challenge information and registration at low early bird rates. Folsom Blues Half registration will open on December 1.
Sponsors: THANK YOU!
Volunteers: THANK YOU!
Another shoutout with a huge thank you goes to the volunteers without whom these events would not be possible. We hope you will all return next year!
Proceeds from the Folsom Blues Breakout events benefit local youth fitness, such as funding FBB's free Kids 1K Breakaway and assisting with Willow Hill cross country course maintenance.
2019 Slide Show
Enjoy reliving the 2019 Folsom Blues Breakout by viewing the slide show below.
"Return your Timing Chip" Reminder
If you still have your timing chip, be sure to mail it back in a padded envelope o: FBB, 120 Ponderosa Court, Folsom, CA 95630. There is a $30 charge for unreturned timing chips.
Save the Date, October 18, 2020
...for the 8th Annual Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon, Cash 'n Carter Half-a-Half Relay, 5K, and Kids 1K Breakaway!
Tag(s): Half Marathon