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Handcar, quadripede racers ready to get pumping

Practice makes perfect — Tommy Hann, 4-year-old Kaiden Hann, Dan Stefani and Will Scott all of Folsom. left to right, test drive a handcar. The races start Saturday at 9 a.m. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

FOLSOM — The 23rd running of the Folsom Handcar Derby is set to take place May 3 & 4 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street in Folsom.

This year’s event will kick off on Saturday with a day of practice and qualifying for all the teams competing in the handcar and quadripede events.

Sunday, the day starts off at 9 a.m. with the pusher’s contest where anyone wanting to push the 850-pound handcar for distance is welcome to compete. Competitors are separated by various weight classes in each of the men’s and women’s categories.

Competition picks up immediately after with the handcar races as each team of five has one shot to be the best in their division and set the fastest time. A handcar team consists of one pusher to get the handcar started from a dead stop and four pumpers to propel it down the tracks. Multiple divisions including men, women, co-ed and masters will face off and pump the handcar down the 800-foot track with times separated electronically by one one-hundreth of a second.

The final event is two contestants piloting the worlds only racing quadripede down the course.  This is only the fourth year for this event, with the past three years resulting in a huge success for participants and fans alike.

The day ends with the medal awards ceremony for all of the competing divisions.

Throughout the day there is fun for all that come to watch or race. Admission is free. Train rides are available adjacent to the race course. All proceeds from the event benefit the Folsom, El Dorado, Sacramento Historical Railroad Association. For more information visit fedshra.org/handcar.html or call (916) 985-6001.

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