Runners and cattle hoof it down Sutter Street

‘Bullipedes’ run helps kick off Folsom Pro Rodeo
By: Laura Newell Telegraph Correspondent
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Thousands of community members, some political officials and many longhorns came out to historic Sutter Street in Folsom for the Cattle Drive kick-off of the Folsom Pro Rodeo. The evening started with the first annual “Running of the Bullipedes” where competitors ran a one-mile foot race through Historic Folsom while tied together centipede style in teams of five. About 200 runners participated. While preparing for the race, team members who were dressed in costumes including bull horns and tails, extravagant hats and even Luau dress, “mooed” and stomped their feet on the ground mimicking bulls. Bullipede teams included some local political officials and community members. “Sacramento Running Association is putting on the running event and wanted some political leaders to run,” said Bridget Powers, vice mayor of Auburn. Powers teamed up with other local political officials for the Bullipede race and named their team “Political Animals” respectfully. “This is totally fun, we want to have a good time and make a lot of people laugh,” Powers said. Other teams were made up of different ages, genders and running abilities. Nick Solberg from Sacramento and his team, “Full a’ Bull,” came out to support co-workers involved in the race and have a fun evening with lots of bulls. “We are here to celebrate and have a good time … we are just hoping to do well in the race,” said Solberg, who comes out to the Cattle Drive every year with his wife. Cindy Ong, a “Full a’ Bull” teammate, was also out supporting co-workers from LucyCo Communications and trying to keep cool in the hot evening weather before the race. “This is a team-effort, we are here to support our boss … even though it’s in this 100 degree heat,” Ong said, laughing. About 4,000 people attended the family oriented Cattle Drive kick-off according to Mary Ann Mcalea, Folsom Chamber of Commerce vice president. “It was a successful event … there was a small delay at first, but the crowd was very patient and well-behaved,” Mcalea said. “The live music was a huge success.” The Cattle Drive event involved a parade of horses, restored cars and trucks, wagons, “dirt diggers,” and some 30 head of long horn steers that were herded down Sutter Street by men on horses. “It’s a build up to the rodeo, it’s really exciting to watch (the cattle) run by,” said Gloria Jourden, certified nursing assistant at Folsom Convalescent Hospital. Also watching from her driveway on the historic street with friends sat 96-year-old Artie Davies, who has watched parades through town since moving onto the street in 1951. “I always come out here and sit in front of my house and watch the parades … I like the atmosphere and the friendliness. I just like it all,” Davies said. Davies laughed as she recalled a past Cattle Drive years ago when the cattle got loose from the horsemen guiding them and ran through her front yard and flowers. While the cattle did not run through any surrounding front yards this year, the unpredictable event did have a humorous occurrence with a few unruly cattle. “We were all laughing because the cows stopped to eat grass in the median on the street (while being herded). It just goes to show how unscripted the event is,” said Mcalea. Folsom Police Chief Sam Spiegel, on horseback, led the July 1 Cattle Drive while Vice Mayor Jeff Starsky also rose alongside the cattle to help keep them off lawns and out of the flowerbeds.