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Revised Half Marathon/Relay Course for 2017 Announced

09/12/2017, 1:45pm PDT
By FBB Staff

You're going to like it!

The powers-that-be have informed the FBB that the rockslide on the West side of the Lake Natoma Trail will not be removed in time for the October 22 Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon/Relay. Race management had been working on an alternate route, has successfully completed the permitting red tape, so below we have listed the changes. Note that the 5K and Kids Races remain unchanged, although the 5K and the Half Marathon will both start at 7:30 am.

  • Start location will remain at Folsom Crossing. The Half Marathon/Relay start has been moved 0.5-mile East of last year's start line. The 5K Start remains at the same location. Finish locations will remain in Historic Folsom.
  • Bussed runners will be dropped off closer to the intersection of East Natoma St./Folsom Crossing.
  • The mostly out and back course will stay on the South side of Lake Natoma.
  • The 5K and Half Marathon/Relay will both start at 7:30 am.
  • The Half Marathon/Relay will follow the 5K course across the Rainbow Bridge. Slower 5K runners will be passed by fast Half Marathon/Relay runners, so everyone will need to be aware of and courteous to those around them.
  • The Half Marathon/Relay will continue though Historic Folsom on Leidesdorff St. to the Lake Natoma Trail. These runners will be directed to stay to the RIGHT. 5K runners will stay to the LEFT as they approach the finish on Leidesdorff St. 
  • The Relay Exchange is located at mile 6.6, which is across from the Iron Point Light Rail Station off of Folsom Blvd. The 2nd Relay Team runners walk 0.2 mile, first crossing Folsom Blvd. at this intersection and then walking on a feeder trail to the Exchange zone.
  • Outbound runners will stay to the north side of this loop and do the same at the Nimbus Dam Recreation Area loop. The latter forms the Lollipop loop, after which the runners return to the finish, 4.1 miles away.

Why will you like it? For starters, now you have the opportunity to run across Folsom's famous Rainbow Bridge (traffic free!). Then you will run through Historic Folsom to the Lake Natoma Trail. There is more shade on the East side of Lake Natoma, you will have more aid stations and more music to enjoy, and finally it will be a faster course since there is no trekking up to the Hazel Avenue Bridge!

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