The 22nd running of the Folsom Handcar Derby will take place May 4 & 5 on the tracks in front of Folsom’s Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street.
This year’s event will kick off on Saturday, May 4, with a day of practice and qualifying for all the teams competing in the handcar and quadripede events.
Sunday, May 5, the day starts 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. Various weight classes in each of the men’s and women’s categories separate competitors. 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 third year for this event, with the past two 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. A drawing for great prizes will be held. Train rides are available adjacent to the race course. The location is in the heart of the Folsom shopping and food centers. All proceeds from the event benefit the Folsom, El Dorado, Sacramento Historical Railroad Association. For more information visit fedshra.org/handcar.html of call (916) 985-6001.