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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 stays on well-paved roads, crosses the famous Rainbow 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. Scroll down to check out much more information (getting to the start, race rules, the course profile and course map.

The course for 5K runners starts on the Folsom Crossing Bridge and the finish in Historic Folsom), with the finish area in Folsom Station Plaza between Leidesdorff St. and Sutter St.


5K Details



RACE DATE AND TIME: SUNDAY, October 17, 2021, 7:30 am

START LOCATION: on the Johnny Cash Bridge (also known as Folsom Lake Crossing Bridge).

GETTING TO THE START:  The event is run on a point-to-point course.  The starting line is 2 miles away from the finish line via a trail from near the finish in Historic Folsom. 

  • BUSES to the START - the BEST way to get to the start! Buses will take you to the start and you may stay on the bus until 10 minutes before the start; your ticket includes a shuttle back to the location where you parked your car to get on the bus. No parking fees. CLICK HERE for all the bus-to-the-start details.
  • Getting dropped off at the Start
    • Runner drop-offs not by a bus-to-the start may occur on Folsom-Auburn Road by the Folsom Lake Crossing Bridge (.7 mile from the start) or on Folsom Lake Crossing at East Natoma St., about 1.25 mile from the start. Runner drop off locations are noted on the course map below.
    • Important notes:
      • Folsom Crossing Bridge and access via Folsom-Auburn Road near the Dam Road will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 5:00 am.
      • Access to Runner Drop Off on Folsom Auburn Road is via Douglas Ave. to Folsom Auburn Rd. until 7:00 am.
      • Access to Runner Drop Off on Folsom Lake Crossing is via East Natoma Ave.
      • Due to potential traffic congestion, we encourage those being dropped off to arrive at least 1/2 hour before the start time.
      • There is no parking at the start area.
      • Runners may also park at the finish area and use the 2-mile trail to the start line as a warm-up prior to the start of the race.
      • Please carpool if at all possible!

    • Folsom Crossing Bridge: 5 am to 8 am
    • Folsom Auburn Road between Folsom Crossing Bridge and Oak Ave.: 5 am to 8:00 am

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.
  • For the Half Marathon & 5K, custom awards will be presented on race day to the top three men and women finishers for 19 & under, then 5-year age divisions until age 79, then 80 & older. For the Relay, the top 3 teams in each division (coed, all men, all women) will receive custom awards.
FBB 5K course elevation profile

Folsom Blues Breakout 5K Course Elevation Profile