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Folsom Parks and Recreation: Spring into Fitness

Mar 29, 2018 10:42AM


This fourth annual event on May 12 honors and celebrates moms at the Palladio in Folsom. The 3.1-mile course is flat and closed to traffic, making it an ideal route for runners, walkers, and stroller striders. New this year is a kids’ dash for ages 10 and under, so parents can cheer on their little ones before the 5K begins. Participants are electronically timed and special prizes go to the first mom to cross the finish line, top male and female finishers, and the top single and double stroller finishers. The main focus of the event is fitness—not competition—so all registered 5K participants receive a custom dry-fit T-shirt and finisher’s medal to commemorate their effort. A post-race party includes vendor booths, a raffle, DJ, and light refreshments.


If you haven’t had a chance to visit the newest addition to Folsom’s recreational trail system yet, the Johnny Cash Trail, then add it to your walk, run, or ride destination. The 2.5-mile trail was completed last fall, and there are three ways to access it:

From Digger and Sharon Williams Rodeo Park, 200 Stafford Street

Abundant free parking is available, and the marked trailhead is at the end of the parking lot parallel to the rodeo arena fencing. From this direction you’ll almost immediately cross the stunning wood-arched Robbers’ Ravine Bridge. 

From Folsom’s Historic District

Signs near the intersection of Riley and Scott Streets direct you to the start of the Johnny Cash Trail. The Historic District offers an abundance of dining options and shopping to round out your day.

From Folsom Lake Trail

Access the Johnny Cash Trail near the intersection of Folsom Lake Crossing and Natoma Street. The iconic Johnny Cash Bridge soars high above the lanes of traffic and leads you to the section of trail that passes the Donor Wall and site of the future Johnny Cash Legacy Park. Note that there is no vehicle access or parking available at this end of the trail; access is only available on foot or bicycle.


The Folsom Aquatic Center’s aquacise class provides a fun, low-impact workout for ages 18+ and all fitness levels. The class is offered year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with lunchtime and evening sessions. Says instructor Katie Pearce, “I love teaching this class and watching students become stronger and healthier.” Starting in June, a more intensive deep-water aquacise class will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

For more information about special events, recreation programs, and trails, visit

By Lesley Miller

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