Handcar Derby is on track

The 22nd running of the Folsom Handcar Derby is set to take place Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5 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.

Special time was set aside for team practices.

On 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. Various weight classes in each of the men’s and women’s categories separate competitors.

Competition picks up immediately after the pusher’s contest 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 1/100th of a second.

The final event is two contestants piloting the world’s only racing quadripede down the course.

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

Admission to the event is free and train rides are available adjacent to the race course.

Throughout the day there is fun for all that come to watch or race and there is a drawing for great prizes.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Folsom, El Dorado, Sacramento Historical Railroad Association.

For more information visit or call 916-985-6001.

Folsom Handcar Derby

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