Historic Folsom to glow with runners this Saturday

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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Many folks in Historic Folsom are sure to be glowing this Saturday evening, Oct. 7. In fact, some 1,700 people will literally be aglow. It’s the fifth annual Glow Run and it’s sure to light up the streets as participants run and walk through the streets of 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.

“The Glow Run 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. After selling out at the 1,500 participants in previous years, an additional 200 entries were added last year. This year, it’s expected that all 1,700 entries will once again be claimed quickly online and in person on Friday, Oct. 6, with a special last-minute registration event taking place in the Historic Folsom Plaza. Those who procrastinate will have the opportunity to get registered on a first come, first serve basis. Race packets will also be given out one day early to those who attend.

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. 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 is $34 per person, $110 for a group of four, $135 for a group of five, $160 for a group of six or $185 for a group of seven. 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.