The Dipsea Race:
First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. And its unique handicapping system has made winners of men and women of all ages. Because of its beauty and challenge, it is a very popular event, and because of safety and environmental concerns the number of runners is limited to about 1,500. While racers enter from all over the world, the Dipsea is primarily a Northern California event and the entry process is tilted slightly to favor local contestants. Please see the section on How To Enter for details.
The 108th Annual Dipsea will be run on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 8:30 am sharp!
Dipsea Stairs Completed!: The project to rebuild the second flight of the Dipsea Stairs has been completed. There is still a chance to sponsor a step and have a commemorative plaque installed with your personalized inscription. Visit the Dipsea Foundation's website for more details.
Posted Wed 03 Jan 2018 6:22pm
Remembering Women's Dipsea Hike Pioneer Edith Hickman: To look forward to the 100th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on April 21 in the new year, Barbara “Bobby” Van Meurs and her daughter, Arianna, recently were delighted and enlightened to look back through scrapbooks created and stories told to the time when their mother/grandmother, Edith Hickman, was the first champion of the hike and a lot more. Click here to read more!
Posted Wed 03 Jan 2018 6:20pm
Dipsea Stairs update: The rebuilding of the second flight of the Dipsea Steps is continuing. Completion is expected to be sometime in October. However, a temporary stairway has been constructed to allow egress along the steps. Click the photos for a larger picture.
Posted Tue 19 Sep 2017 6:17pm
More Details about the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Dipsea Hike!: We're working on more details on the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Click here for more information!
Posted Tue 19 Sep 2017 5:28pm
100th Anniversary of Women's Dipsea Hike on April 21, 2018: Save the date of April 21, 2018. The Dipsea Race is going to honor the 100th anniversary of a momentous pioneering event – the Women’s Dipsea Hike – exactly 100 years to the date of the very first one on Saturday morning, April 21, with a special women’s-only tribute walk/run over the Dipsea Trail beginning at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley and ending in Stinson Beach. Click here for more information!
Posted Mon 31 Jul 2017 8:22pm
Final phase of the Dipsea Steps Renovation Project set to begin: Construction on the final phase of the Dipsea Race Foundation’s Dipsea Steps Renovation Project is set to begin in July on the second flight of stairs between Marion Way and Hazel Avenue in Mill Valley. Click here for more information.
Posted Wed 28 Jun 2017 9:46pm
Final Results are posted!: The final results of the 107th Annual Dipsea Race have been posted. You can view the results sorted by overall place, alphabetical order, or headstart group.
Posted Wed 21 Jun 2017 8:24pm
Tim Amyx's 2017 Dipsea Race Recap!: Tim Amyx has posted his recap of the 107th Annual Dipsea Race. Watch it here!
Posted Sun 18 Jun 2017 10:07pm
Preliminary Results are posted!: The preliminary results are posted. Note that the results may change slightly in the coming days. You can view the results here or view the 2017 Race Summary here.
Posted Sun 11 Jun 2017 5:05pm
Congratulations Chris Lundy!: Congratulations to Chris Lundy on her first Dipsea win, and to all Dipsea Race finishers! We will try to get the results posted as soon as possible, so please be patient!
Posted Sun 11 Jun 2017 11:59am
Jack Kirk's Last Race - Video: 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Jack Kirk's second and last Dipsea win, and 10 years since he passed away at age 100. Drow Millar made this touching video of Jack Kirk's last Dipsea appearance.
Posted Thu 08 Jun 2017 8:20am
Dipsea: The Greatest Race, Centennial Edition: The Centennial edition of Dipsea: The Greatest Race, by official Race historian Barry Spitz, is a must for all who love the Dipsea. Completely revised from the original 1993 version, with new tables and photographs, many in color, the book tells the story of all 100 Dipseas, with supplements for 2011-2016. Results go up to 100 deep, so your name may be in it! Go to DipseaBook.com to order.
Bumped Tue 28 Mar 2017 1:05pm
Riley the "Dipsea Dog" Honored on Dipsea Steps: This is the time of year that we traditionally count our blessings and give our thanks. This then is the perfect time to tell you about a caring man and an inspirational dog and how the Dipsea Trail and Dipsea Race connects them. This is not a dog and pony show. After Thanksgiving, Craig Sultan of Mill Valley has invited a group of close friends to meet with him at the bottom of the second flight of the famed Dipsea Stairs for a special ceremony for his dog, Riley. Click Here to read the full story!
Posted Wed 23 Nov 2016 1:25pm
Dipsea Race Day Photos!: Tina Humphrey has posted hundreds of photos from Dipsea race day, including photos at the start, at the finish, and at the award ceremony. You can see them here!
Posted Sun 26 Jun 2016 6:20pm
Tim Amyx's 2016 Dipsea Race Recap!: Tim Amyx has posted his recap of the 106th Annual Dipsea Race. Watch it here!
Posted Mon 20 Jun 2016 6:12pm
Video of Top 100 Dipsea Finishers: Paul and Tina Berensmeier shared this video of the first 100 finishers of this year's Dipsea Race!
Posted Thu 16 Jun 2016 8:57pm
Jerry Hauke passes away: The Dipsea Race Committee and the Dipsea Race Foundation mourn the loss of Dipsea Hall of Famer and DRF Emeritus Director Jerry Hauke – a Dipsea legend and the man most responsible for saving the historic trail race from possible extinction.
Jerry died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Weaverville.
“This is a difficult loss for all of us. Jerry's enthusiasm for life was contagious,” says Merv Regan, longtime chair of the Dipsea Race Committee and Dipsea Race Foundation. “I met him about 36 years ago when I jumped in and volunteered to help him and Bob Knez. When there was a lull, I asked what they were raising the money for. Bob said for the Dipsea Race. I asked `What's the Dipsea Race?’ Jerry was shocked. He said, `You don't know about the Dipsea Race? You have to come to a meeting!’ The rest is history. I will miss my friend. We all will.”
Jerry was a member of the Mill Valley Falls Arts Festival who created the Dipsea Beer Booth in Old Mill Park. In 1963, as a member of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce (later known as MV Jaycees), Jerry stepped in to rescue the race after the previous race organizing group withdrew its sponsorship. Jerry also intervened in 1977 when the town of Stinson Beach and County of Marin threatened to end the race if changes were not made.
Hauke led construction of an alternate trail on the race route – dubbed Hauke Hollow – and has a Dipsea Race award – the Red Tail Hawk Award, also named the Jerry Hauke Perpetual Award for Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Dedication– named after him. Hauke Park in Mill Valley also is named in Jerry’s honor.
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Hauke Family. A memorial service is pending.
Posted Fri 15 Apr 2016 6:41pm
Video of Jack Kirk and the Dipsea Trail: Thanks to Hoka One One for a remarkable story about the Dipsea Race and the late, great Jack Kirk, a.k.a. "The Dipsea Demon" plus incredible views of the Dipsea Trail in its production of "San Francisco: Top Trails" on Runnerspace.com. The 16-minute video begins with ultrarunners Larisa Dannis and Magdalena Boulet talking about the trail and concludes in the final five minutes with a history of the Dipsea Race and the legend of Kirk!!! Here is link to full story ... http://bit.ly/1joJIhI
Posted Sun 29 Nov 2015 10:14pm
2015 Dipsea Video Recap: Check out Tim Amyx's video recap of the 105th Dipsea race!
Posted Mon 22 Jun 2015 10:02pm
Dipsea Course Preview by UltraSportsLive.TV!: UltraSportsLive.TV has produced a Dipsea Race course video preview!
Posted Wed 18 Feb 2015 9:35pm
How To Get In The Dipsea If You Can't Get In The Dipsea...: Many Dipsea runners and Dipsea wanna-be runners have lamented the fact that it's so difficult to get into the race. So we've written a short essay on how to improve your chances of getting into the race.
Posted Tue 15 Jan 2013 10:16pm
Results Database online: Dipsea fan David Bronstein has created a great resource for the Dipsea website: a searchable results database with all of the Dipsea results from 1996 to present. Check it out here.
Posted Sat 28 Apr 2012 10:09pm
Course Page Updated: We've updated the Course Page on our website, including detailed photos to help first-time Dipsea explorers follow the race route.
We're on Facebook: If you're on Facebook, check out our page there and become a fan of the race to get up-to-the-minute updates to your news feed. Click Here to become a fan!
Answers to your questions: We've added a Frequently Asked Questions page to the website which addresses most of the questions we get throughout the year.
Marin Independent Journal Coverage: Once again, the Marin Independent Journal has complete coverage of the Dipsea Race in print and on its Web site, www.marinij.com. On race day, check the site for complete results, a photo slideshow and up-to-the-minute commentary and analysis from Mill Valley, Stinson Beach and all points in between.
Past Race Info Now Available: Ever wonder how fast you need to run to qualify for Invitational? Or how far out of your grasp one of those spiffy black shirts are? Or perhaps you just want to find out how "elite" a Dipsea finisher really is... Well, your prayers have been answered, as we've added a table of historical times to the Previous Races page.
Check back for more news about Dipsea Race events!