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Be healthy while getting wacky

Fourth annual Wacky Dash returns Saturday
By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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As summer enters its hottest weeks, entering a sporting event may seem like a really wacky idea. The City of Folsom offers the perfect solution to that problem. It’s known as the Wacky Dash, and it returns for its fourth consecutive year this Saturday at Folsom’s Rodeo Park.

The Wacky Dash is a two-mile obstacle course challenge with mud pits, water slides, a hay bale tunnel, balance beams, giant inflatables, a foam tunnel, climbing walls, and lots of other wild and crazy features. It’s fun, it’s dirty, it truly is, just as it is called, wacky.

Participants take the course as a team with their family and friends, or co-workers. Others take it solo. One thing is for sure, regardless of how they take it, participants need to make sure they don’t take it too seriously and have some fun.

The annual event is an athletic competition like no other that takes place on a course that is not your usual competition course.

In 2017, the event drew a record 650 people to compete, according to Lesley Miller of Folsom Parks and Recreation, who presents the event.

While many members of the community come out to participate in this event, many community leaders and dignitaries are known to participate to show their spirit in the city that is known for being distinct in nature, especially when it comes to getting wacky.

“What a lot of fun this is,” said Felipe Rodriguez, Folsom’s Fire Chief who competed in his first Wacky Dash with his family last year. Several members of the fire department also participated during the day.

Upon crossing the finish line, participants are presented with a commemorative medal for their efforts.

The event drew participants from all different areas, especially Folsom, where many local businesses and city leaders participated in their respective groups

Action is set to being on the course as early as 8 a.m. on August 4. Participants can register online at www.folsom.ca.us. Entries are $25. For more information call (916) 355-7304