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Handcar derby kicks of 21st year

Handcar race teammates Carmaine Cotham, 46; Zane Walker, 50; and Dan Bocinski, 46, left or right, prepare to propel the handcar down the track as fast as they can. The team from Rancho Cordova will compete in this weekend's Folsom Handcar Derby. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene
Handcar race teammates Carmaine Cotham, 46; Zane Walker, 50; and Dan Bocinski, 46, left or right, prepare to propel the handcar down the track as fast as they can. The team from Rancho Cordova will compete in this weekend's Folsom Handcar Derby. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The 21st running of the Folsom Handcar Derby will take place May 19 & 20 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street in Folsom.

This year’s event will kick off 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 try to push the 850-pound handcar for distance is welcome to compete. Men and women with weight classes in each category separate contestants. 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 by one one-hundredth of a second. The final event is two contestants piloting the worlds only racing quadripede down the course. This is only the second year for this event, with its debut last year being 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 who come to watch or race. Admission is free. A drawing for great prizes will be held throughout the day. 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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