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There’s Still Time. Register for the Johnny Cash Trail Run and Bike Ride

9/18/2017 | By Johnny Cash Trail| Folsom Cycling, Folsom Cycling Events, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash Trail

On October 14th, 2017, you’re invited to “walk the line” when the City of Folsom celebrates the grand opening of the Johnny Cash Trail with a trail run and community bike ride. The festivities are a celebration of the completion of the Johnny Cash Trail, a 2.5-mile trail honoring Johnny Cash and his connection with Folsom.

Johnny Cash Trail Runs and Bike Ride

This family-friendly event is open to participants of all ages and across all skill levels:

  • 4.2-mile run/ walk
  • 6.2-mile run
  • 6.2-mile community bike ride



Trail Routes

Registered participants will start on the newly constructed, paved section of the Johnny Cash Trail behind the Folsom Rodeo Arena and head across the 190-foot long wooden Robbers’ Ravine Bridge while taking in breathtaking views of the American River Canyon.

The course continues along the Johnny Cash Trail through Folsom State Prison property and through the new bike/ pedestrian tunnel constructed under Prison Road at Natoma Street. Participants continue on the trail toward the Johnny Cash Bridge that spans Folsom Lake Crossing.

The 4.2-mile run/ walk is an out-and-back course with a turn around and water station just beyond the Johnny Cash Trail Bridge. Participants cross the Robbers’ Ravine Bridge again on their return before crossing the finish line.

The 6.2-mile run and community bike ride participants will continue over the Johnny Cash Trail Bridge to the Folsom Lake Trail along Folsom Lake Crossing. From there, the course transitions to the Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail and continues to the historic Truss Bridge towards Leidesdorff Street in Folsom’s Historic District.

Runners will proceed to the Robbers’ Ravine Bridge for a final crossing before reaching the finish line, and cyclists will complete their ride on Stafford Street.

Johnny Cash Trail Fun Run Map

Race Day Details

The Johnny Cash Trail runs and community bike ride take place along with a Grand Opening Celebration, complete with a dedication ceremony, food trucks, vendors, and live music.


Events start on the Johnny Cash Trail behind the Folsom Rodeo Arena, located near Rodeo Park, 200 Stafford Street; events finish in Folsom City Lions Park.

Event Timeline

8:00 a.m. - Festival Begins
8:30 a.m. - Ribbon cutting ceremony
9:30 a.m. - Community bike ride begins
9:45 a.m. - 6.2-mile course begins
10:00 a.m. - 4.2-mile course begins
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Festival and live music continues
1:00 p.m. - Trail closed for private event (reopens 8am following day for public use)


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Registration Details

Registration – September 11 through October 13, 2017
Community Bike Ride suggested donation: $10
4.2-mile run/walk: $40
6.2-mile run: $45

Race Day Registration – October 14, 2017
Community Bike Ride suggested donation: $10
4.2-mile run/walk: $45
6.2-mile run: $50

Registration fees for the 4.2-mile run/walk and the 6.2-mile run include a commemorative long-sleeve, quarter-zip shirt, reusable tote bag, and finisher’s medal.

Shirts are only guaranteed for participants who pre-register prior to October 4th. Race day registrations are not guaranteed a shirt.

Bike participants can pre-order a shirt for $25.

*Community bike participants must be aged 12 or older.

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Packet Pick-up

Friday, October 13, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Folsom Bike, 7610 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom

Race Day – Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Folsom City Lions Park

The Johnny Cash Trail Runs and Community Bike Ride, along with the grand opening festival, are this fall’s most anticipated events in Folsom. Be sure to register now, and don’t miss this chance to be the first out on the newly completed section of the trail and pay tribute to the legacy of the Man in Black in Folsom.


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