Folsom set to glow this Saturday

Annual “Folsom Glow” welcomes walkers, runners
By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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Participants of all ages will be glowing with excitement this Saturday evening, Oct. 6. In fact, some 1,700 people will literally be aglow. 

It’s the sixth annual “Folsom Glow,” and it’s sure to light up the streets as participants run and walk through the Historic District.

When it comes to events such as this, the City of Folsom’s Parks and Recreation Department works hard to create a family-friendly event. Much like the annual Wacky Dash, the Glow Run welcomes participants of all ages to partake in this unique non-competitive run that takes place after sundown with lots of fun attributes along its route.

“Folsom Glow is a unique idea, a great family event and can even be a date night,” said Sarah Trobee, with the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department. “Where else can you go to have a huge, silly, string battle, a disc jockey dance party, a beach ball bash and a finish through foam all in one place?”

The two-and-a-half mile run/walk begins at 7:45 p.m. This year, it’s expected that all 1,700 entries will once again be claimed quickly online. Those who procrastinate will have the opportunity to get registered on a first come, first serve basis prior to the race. Race packets will also be given out one day early to those who attend.

Formerly known as the “Folsom Glow Run,” officials made a slight name change to the event this year, calling it just “Folsom Glow” to encourage more families to participate in the event and walk the streets of Folsom together.

“We really want to emphasize that this is primarily a walking event; a handful of kids usually sprint the entire event,” said Lesley Miller, of Folsom Parks and Recreation. “But the vast majority of folks walk the event to fully embrace the scene.”

Participants for the Glow Run are known to decorate themselves with glow sticks, neon jewelry, costumes, sparkles and lights. Part of the fun each year is showing off your creativity with your costume. Decorated or not, all finishers will receive a commemorative medal for participating in the event.

The start-finish line for this event will be at 905 Leidesdorff Street in the Historic District. A DJ will be on site that will include silly string battles and more.

Participants will follow a route across the foot bridge, down the bike trail to Negro Bar where they will turn around and head back to the finish line by traveling over Lake Natoma Crossing. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.

Proceeds from the event help fund Folsom’s community events and programs.

The cost of the event if registered before Oct. 5 is $34 per person, $110 for a group of four, $135 for a group of five, $160 for a group of six, $185 for a group of seven. On race day, entry prices increase so early registration is suggested. Kids ages three and under are free, but will not receive a race bib or event giveaways.

To register online, go to and visit the events section.