Monday Jun 13 2011
Young business pros pair bulls, brews
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
New fun run and obstacle course kicks off Folsom Pro Rodeo weekend
Just before the traditional long horned cattle and equestrian units parade down Historic Sutter Street, spectators at Folsom’s annual cattle drive can root for costumed runners completing the first Bulls and Brews Fun Run. Folsom’s Leading Young Professionals (FLYP), a new program of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, presents the inaugural Bulls and Brews Fun Run at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30. “Bulls and Brews is a one-of-a-kind team building event,” said Nancy Pryor, 24, event organizer. “Participating in the run is a great opportunity to have fun and raise money for children’s charities.” The course begins at Sutter Middle School and ends on Sutter Street. Early registration is $20 per person and $25 after June 25. Register online at FolsomProRodeo.com. Teams and costumes are encouraged, Pryor said. Two or more people are required per team. Teams of four or more “lassoed” together will be eligible for prizes including tickets to the Folsom Pro Rodeo and the California State Fair as well as gift certificates to Folsom restaurants, Pryor said. After the mile-long fun run and obstacle course, runners can enjoy a prime viewing area for the cattle drive and entrance into the “Coors Light Corral” after party at the Powerhouse Pub on Sutter Street. Evening entertainment includes live music by The Rolling Heads, followed by Whiskey Dawn. Entry into the run also includes a commemorative mug, t-shirt and voucher for a free root beer float or drink. “The party should be really fun,” said Jessica Armour, 30, event organizer and Telegraph advertising representative. “We are really looking forward to the dynamic sound of The Rolling Heads. They should really bring a cool vibe to the crowd.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope Productions Foundation, a Sacramento-based, nonprofit that provides support and training for local charities serving children and youth. Colnn Miguelgorry, 30, of Folsom is the president of FLYP and wants to spread the word about the growing group of young professionals. “The group used to be Corridor Connections and recently had a change of leadership and changed the name to Folsom’s Leading Young Professionals,” Miguelgorry said. “Now people can relate more to our name. We changed the name and gave it this whole new hype.” He said he sees a lot of need for a group like this in Folsom. “Our goal is to really make this group be a hub for young professionals in the Folsom community, not only a networking group but a place to meet new people in a social, friendly way,” Miguelgorry said. “Folsom has an awesome community, so this idea of helping build young professionals in the community is perfect for that middle group of people who just started a career or are fresh out of college.” Miguelgorry said the organization is geared towards young professionals in their 20s and 30s, or, as he said, anyone young at heart. “We want to welcome people who want to find ways to volunteer in our community or are new to Folsom and also want to do some networking,” Miguelgorry said. “We are into helping the Folsom community and volunteering with events and activities.” He said the upcoming Bulls and Brews event is the first event of this caliber that the new group has done. “There has been a lot of growth in our group this year,” Miguelgorry said. “We have had a lot of activity from the community. We had close to 80 people show up at our first mixer in January.” He said the Folsom Chamber of Commerce saw this positive growth and gave the young group the opportunity to put on the Bulls and Brews event to further help the expansion of FLYP. “We all have so much energy and really enjoy what we are doing, so we are excited,” Miguelgorry said. “We are excited for our first big event this year and are hoping for an even bigger event next year. … Eventually, our goal is to have multiple events and fundraisers to help the community in the future.” For more information, contact the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at (916) 985-2698 or visit flypnow.org.