The 23rd running of the Folsom Handcar Derby is set to take place Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street in Folsom.
This year’s event will kick off on Saturday, May 3, with a day of practice and qualifying for all the teams competing in the handcar and quadripede events. Additionally, special time has been set aside a week prior on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as a team practice.
On Sunday, May 4, 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 its 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 1/100th of a second. The final event is two contestants piloting the world’s only racing quadripede down the course.
Throughout the day there is fun for all that come to watch or race. 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.
Admission is free. 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 HandcarDerby.com or call 916-985-6001.