31st Annual Folsom Handcar Derby Races

2024sun05may8:00 AM31st Annual Folsom Handcar Derby Races

Event Details

The 31st running of the Folsom Handcar Derby is set to take place May 4 and 5 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street.

Saturday, May 4, is a practice day, when each team is required to attend a safety orientation and make one full timed run down the course.

Sunday, May 5, starts with the pusher’s contest at 9 a.m. Anyone wanting to push the 850-pound handcar for distance is welcome to compete. Competitors are separated by various weight classes in men’s and women’s categories.

The handcar races follow. Each team of five has one shot to be the best in their division and set the fastest time. A handcar team consists of one pusher to get the handcar started from a dead stop and four pumpers to propel it down the tracks. Multiple divisions including men, women, co-ed and masters will pump the handcar down the 800-foot track with times separated electronically by 1/1000th of a second.

The final event is two contestants piloting the world’s only racing quadripede down the course. This is the 10th year for this event.

Admission is free. All proceeds from the event benefit the Folsom, El Dorado, Sacramento Historical Railroad Association. For more information, visit www.HandcarDerby.com or call 916-985-6001.
Handcar Team race entrants $125 per team of 5.

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(Sunday) 8:00 AM


Broadstone Marketplace

2750 E Bidwell St, Folsom, CA 95630