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Folsom Blues Breakout Preview

10/19/2013, 1:05pm PDT
By John Schumacher

Half marathon connects Cash, Folsom

Inaugural Folsom Blues Breakout

features plenty of entertainment


Oct. 18, 2013

For immediate release

Contact: John Schumacher, (916) 804-3742,

If you like Johnny Cash, you’ll love the Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon.

The inaugural race, which begins Saturday at 8 a.m, includes an abundance of entertainment and activities reminding people of the late singer’s connection to Folsom.

Cash’s 1955 song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ became a hit; he later recorded a live album ‘At Folsom Prison’ during a 1968 visit there.

The fun includes Johnny Cash cover bands throughout the course, a liquid carbo-loading event tonight, a finish line festival with Lockdown Ale and James Garner’s Johnny Cash tribute band and a post-race pub crawl on Sutter Street.

A ‘Ring of Fire’ series of shows scheduled for today, Saturday and Sunday at Folsom Lake College is set to include more than 35 of Cash’s hit songs, including classics such as ‘I Walk The Line,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and ‘Ring of Fire.’           

Instead of the national anthem, race organizers plan a recording of Cash talking about the grand old flag.

Runners will also have access to the Folsom Farmers’ Market. A presentation by author and former Folsom correctional officer Jim Brown offers an inside look at Folsom Prison. An afternoon trip to nearby foothills wineries is also planned.

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The race is sponsored by the Sacramento Running Association and presented by the city of Folsom.

The start on Folsom Crossing Bridge offers a great view that includes a look at Folsom Prison. Runners follow Folsom-Auburn Road for two miles before making a counter-clockwise loop around Lake Natoma and finishing on Gold Lake Drive in historic Folsom.


The half marathon start line is two miles from the finish. Runners can reach the start by taking a bus from selected Folsom hotels or can be dropped off near the starting line. There is no parking near the start.


A two-person relay and a Kids 1k Breakaway are also offered. The kids race, open to those 12 and younger, is free thanks to Coldwell Banker.


The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

SRA events include the Gold Rush 100k and Freedom Mile, the California International Marathon on Dec. 8, the Super Sunday 10k Run on Feb. 2 and the Credit Union SACTOWN Ten-Mile Run on April 6.

SRA beneficiaries include the American River Parkway, youth fitness programs, local running venues and aspiring young runners.

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