Sunday morning dawned with picture perfect weather for running. Overcast skies may have dimmed the sunrise, but they kept the runners cool during their start-to-finish travels.
Up on the Folsom Crossing Bridge, Half Marathoners and first leg runners of the “Cash ‘n Carter Half-a-Half Relay” started together promptly at 7:30 am, followed by the 5K start at 7:45 am. Back near the finish, the Kids (free) 1K Breakaway also started at 7:30 am. Runners’ paces for both events ranged from the speediest of 5:14 minutes per mile in the 5K to the “smart ones” sauntering along around 20-minutes per mile. Everyone’s top priority was to “cross that line” and enjoy the Finish Line Festival in Historic Folsom.
Of note below is the family affair showcased by the Men’s Half Marathon and the Women’s 5K being won by the Barragan husband and wife respectively. Jesse is a 2-peat FBB Half winner; he won the 2014 event in a time of 1:15 23. The Men's FBB Half course record of 1:09:42 was set at the Inaugural Folsom Blues Half by Miguel Nuci of Turlock, CA . Women’s FBB Half course record is 1:15:40, set in 2014 by Jane Kibii of Colfax, CA.
Check out all the official finish times on the FBB website’s results page.
Left to Right: Jesse Baragan, Bridget Dawes, John Kretschman, Tara Barragan
These two age-division winners deserve mention here. The oldest 5K finisher was 84-year-old Paul Flanagan of Lincoln, CA with a time of 26:57 (8:42 min./mi. pace) and 36th overall. His age-graded percentage is 87% and his age-graded time would have been 14:47! Manuel Loverde of Sacramento, 80, was the oldest half marathon finisher with a superlative time of 2:31:52 (11:36 min./mi. pace).
Paul Flanagan (l), Manuel Loverde (r)
More than 60 Runnin’ for Rhett team members finished this year’s Folsom Blues events. Runnin’ for Rhett is the official training program of the Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon.This excellent organization raises funds for the Runnin’ for Rhett Foundation, who’s primary beneficiary is the R4R Youth Fitness Program. Visit runninforrhett.org to learn more and join the team. Then train, get fitter and faster, and make for your next race the best it can be! Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome to sign up.
Also with a highly visible group of 60+ members in orange and blue outfits was Team World Vision. This organization brings runners together who train for events around the country and raise money to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities in Africa. “Run for Water. Run for Life.” Learn more…
Just a few of the many team members for Runnin' for Rhett (L) and World Vision (R)
Heartwarming to say the least was the run and finish by Kathy Ballerini of Dixon, California. Several years ago she decided to add a new dimension to her running by joining “I Run 4”. This online organization pairs “athletes” with “buddies” (people, especially children, with disabilities) in order to enhance the lives of the buddies, raise awareness about their disabilities, and provide the athletes with extra motivation to accomplish their goals. I Run 4 has established more than 30,000 pairings, all over the world. Kathy’s “Buddy” is Phillip, a bright little 5-year-old who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. He cannot get around without the help of a walker or a wheelchair. Kathy’s request from the FBB staff was simple: an extra t-shirt and a medallion that she could give to Phillip when she returned from the race. Following the race, she said “I didn't have my best race yesterday, I really struggled, but wasn't going to stop when I know that Phillip doesn't let CP stop him. Love the course, and can't wait to run it again next year!” For more information about this amazing organization visit their website and their Facebook page .
You couldn’t miss Amber and Travis Ruoff of Lincoln, running together in their bright blue and yellow Canine Companions for Independence outfits. Their goal was to raise awareness about this organization. After they crossed the finish line, they brought two of their dogs to visit at the Finish Line Festival and were happy to answer questions and direct fellow Folsom Blues event participants to the CCI website.
First Timer Walks for a Reason: to Finish! Linda Woods had heard about the Folsom Blues Breakout events and set her sights on participating in the 5K. No easy task for her – she had zero experience with a running event, nor had she ever considered tackling the 3.1-mile distance. Her son, Joshua Woods, works for vie13.com, a high-end athletic sportswear company, and he wanted to do what he could to encourage his Mom in her new endeavor. He contacted FBB and asked if it would be OK for his company to provide his Mom and her support team with custom outfits using the FBB logo. Request granted… and mission accomplished! We hope Linda will be returning next year to show off that awesome outfit!
Left to Right: Kathy Ballerini and Phillip, Amber and Travis Ruoff, Linda Woods
Question: why aren’t volunteers paid? Answer: because they are priceless!
The FBB events could not happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers. Groups who helped to make the 3rd Annual Folsom Blues Breakout events a success included the Boy Scouts, Interact, Folsom Rotary Foundation members, and many individuals. Volunteers at the race start and finish areas, the course monitors, and those who kept errant cyclists from accessing the course all were essential for both runner safety and runner enjoyment of the event. We hope you will all return next year!
Tag(s): Half Marathon