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Fastest 5K in the WEST - perhaps the WORLD!

This is the "Fastest 5K in the West"... perhaps in the nation, even the world! It is also beginning runner and walker friendly. It starts on the Folsom Crossing (aka Johnny Cash) Bridge and follows the Jed Smith memorial Trail (also known as the Lake Natoma Trail) to the walker Bridge, and finishes in Folsom's eclectic Historic District. Participants receive the same amenities as the Half Marathon and Relay runners, including a Johnny-themed technical fabric t-shirt and unique finisher's medallion. CLICK HERE to view the course map and scroll down to check out much more information.

5K Details




RACE DATE AND TIME: SUNDAY, October 23, 2022, 7:30 am

START LOCATION: on the Johnny Cash Bridge (also known as Folsom Lake Crossing Bridge). At the Start there will be porta-potties and drop bag service to return runners' gear to the finish. Do not place any essential or valuable items (keys, cell phones, etc.) in the drop bag.

GETTING TO THE START:  The event is run on a point-to-point course.  The starting line is ~3 miles from the finish area via the Jed Smith Memorial Trail (also known as the Lake Natoma Trail).

  • CLICK HERE for 2022 Bus to the Start information.
  • Getting dropped off at the Start
    • Runner drop-offs not by a bus-to-the start may occur on Folsom-Auburn Road at the Folsom Lake Crossing intersection (.6 mile from the start) or at the Folsom Lake Crossing at East Natoma St. intersection (~1.3 miles from the start).
  • Run to the start line from the finish area, using the Jed Smith Memorial Trail (also known as the Lake Natoma Trail), approximately 3 miles. Free parking is available at the parking structure next to the finish area.
  • Important notes:
    • RACE DAY ROAD CLOSURES: Folsom Crossing Bridge: 5am to 8am; Folsom Auburn Road between Folsom Crossing Bridge and Oak Ave.: 7am to 8:30am
    • Access to Runner Drop Off on Folsom-Auburn Road at the Folsom Lake Crossing Intersection is via Douglas Ave. to Folsom Auburn Rd.
    • Due to potential traffic congestion, we encourage those being dropped off to arrive at the start at least 1/2 hour before the start time.
    • There is no parking at the start area.
    • Please carpool if at all possible!

Race Rules & Guidelines

  • No one other than the runner who officially registered may use the bib number and timing chip issued to that runner.
    • Transferring and/or selling of these items is illegal. It compromises the integrity of the results and may result in mishandling of emergency situations due to inaccurate competitor information.
    • Anyone found guilty of this will be banned from entering future events.
  • No entry fee refunds under any circumstances.
  • No entry fee deferrals to a future event under any circumstances.
  • No pets.
  • No unregistered runners, walkers, or pacers.
  • Wearing of headphones, ipods or Walkman-type radios is discouraged.
  • No strollers, baby joggers, inline skates, bicycles.
  • Race services are limited to runners/walkers able to proceed at a 16 minutes per mile pace (approx. 50-minute finish time).
  • Bib numbers must not be altered, should be worn on the front of the runner, and be clearly visible at all times.
  • Timing chips
    • Individual event runners must wear the timing chip securely attached to the top of the shoe.
    • After the race, if you did not return your timing chip at the finish or for any reason still have your timing chip, please place in a padded mailer and mail to: Folsom Blues Breakout, 120 Ponderosa Court, Folsom, CA 95630
  • Your race bib and packet will NOT be mailed to you. CLICK HERE for Packet Pick Up information.
  • You may pick up a friend's packet.

Race Results and Awards

Race Results will be posted on line after 6 pm on race day.


  • Beautiful and unique, Johnny-themed finisher medallions are awarded to all finishers of the Half Marathon, Relay and 5K. First leg relay runners will receive their medallion at the exchange zone after they finish their leg.
    • These be awarded at the Finish Line area as the results are posted.
    • For the 5K, there are custom awards for the top three men and women finishers in these age divisions: 19 & under, then 5-year age divisions until age 79, then 80 & older.