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Folsom Parks and Recreation

Apr 02, 2013 08:14AM ● By Style

Folsom’s Run with Nature has covered a lot of ground in its 30-year history!

In the beginning, the run took place in autumn on some of the few streets that existed in the city. As Folsom grew, the course consisted of pathways carved into the dirt in the undeveloped subdivision that is now The Parkway. In 2005, the run “sprang forward” to take place each year in May, providing runners with lush spring scenery. In 2010, the entire event moved to Folsom City Lions Park and The Wild Way obstacle course challenge was added.

At this year’s event, take part in the Trail Way 10K. The unique course will provide runners access to rarely experienced dirt trails on the Folsom State Prison property. The single-track trail system consists of former firebreaks, an old flume and renovated cow trails.

The course will cross three small bridges and incorporate a mix of mild to rolling terrain and a couple of 100- to 150-foot climbs on the return. The event is chip-timed and medals will be awarded three-deep in men’s and women’s age categories.

A giant spider web, foam tunnel, slip-and-slide and mud moats contribute to the crazy fun that is The Wild Way. Register to complete the course with your friends and family or tackle it solo, but plan to get dirty no matter what!

The youth Fun Run is a great way for kids ages 12 and under to take part in the fitness fun. The special fast and flat half-mile route will include loops through the park and a fun sprint through the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. What’s more, participants will receive a goodie bag, T-shirt and free entry to enjoy the zoo at a more leisurely pace later in the day.

The Run with Nature 5K—a chip-timed run or fitness walk—will take participants through Rodeo Park, over a wooden truss bridge, and onto paved trails along the American River Parkway. The course is both fast for competitive runners, and enjoyable for fitness walkers, strollers and families; medals will be awarded to winners in a range of men’s and women’s age categories.

For more details and links to online registration, visit