"If the weather is cool," the smart money predicted, "Melody will win."
Well, the weather for the 93rd Annual Dipsea cooperated and 61-year-old Melody-Anne Schultz performed according to form, breezing to a victory in 63 minutes and 36 seconds. Melody was five-a-half minutes ahead of three-time winner Shirley Matson, 62, who turned in a respectable 1:08:09 run for second.
Third place went to Cliff Lentz, 38, who battled step for step down the finishing chute to nip fourth place winner Diana Fitzpatrick,45, by only two seconds.
Right on their heels was another neck and neck sprint between Adam Hersh, 31, and Chris Phipps,33, for fastest time honors. Hersh won, completing his first official Dipsea competition in just 50 minutes and 12 seconds.
Michelle Hannaford was the twelfth runner to cross the finish line, but she completed the course faster than any other woman in the field.
The first high school finisher was 18-year-old Nicci Fish, who won a black tee shirt by coming in 23rd.
There was, of course, huge applause and cheering for the top finishers, but there was at least as much of an ovation and upsurge of emotion when two sentimental favorites crossed the line. The first roar was for Stephen Daffron, a 51-year-old Kentucky runner who finished in 507th place. The Dipsea was the first race he has run since Daffron was run over by an ambulance last November, losing a kidney and part of his liver. The feat is remarkable considering that he wasn’t even able to walk until March. During the awards ceremony following the race, he was awarded the Norman Bright Trophy for exceptional effort in The Dipsea.
And finally, toward the end of the ceremony, there was a huge applause as 96- year-old Jack Kirk shuffled around the final turn and stepped gamely toward the finish to complete his record shattering 68th consecutive Dipsea. The ceremony just stopped, and with camera crews and motorcycle cops escorting him, over a thousand people in the audience cheered and shouted as Kirk crossed under the Dipsea finish line banner, possibly for the last time.
Final Results by Order of Finish
Final Results by Last Name
Final Results by Headstart Group
Final Results by Family
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|Winner:||Melody Anne Schultz||1:03:36||(21 Minutes Headstart)|
|Second Place:||Shirley Matson||1:08:09||(20 Minutes Headstart)|
|Third Place:||Cliff Lentz||50:27||(3 Minutes Headstart)|
|Fourth Place:||Diana Fitzpatrick||1:00:29||(12 Minute Headstart)|
|Fifth Place:||Adam Hersh||50:12||(1 Minute Headstart)|
|Adam Hersh||5th Place||50:12||(1 Minute Headstart)|
|Michelle Hannaford||12th Place||58:36||(8 Minutes Headstart)|
|Nicci Fish||23th Place||1:00:39||(9 Minutes Headstart)|
|Marin Catholic High School|
|1.||Melody Anne Schultz||Winner||1:03:36||(22 Minutes Headstart)|
|2.||Shirley Matson ||2nd Place||1:08:09||(14 Minutes Headstart)|
|3.||Heidi Helvestine||7th Place||1:01:19||(12 Minutes Headstart)|
|4.||Russ Kiernan||8th Place||1:02:34||(13 Minutes Headstart)|
|5.||Jerry Edelbrock||9th Place||58:04||(8 Minutes Headstart)|
|1.||April Powers||13th Place||1:02:41||(12 Minutes Headstart)|
|2.||John Edgcomb||38th Place||55:58||(3 Minutes Headstart)|
|“Leadership, Dedication & Sportsmanship”|
|Ken Krall, Volunteer - Race Committee, Trail Chair|
|Christine Callinan||544th Place||1:03:25||(8 Headstart Minutes)|
|“Extraordinary Effort in the Dipsea”|
|Stephen Daffron||508th Place||1:18:37||(6 Headstart Minutes)|
|Nicci Fish - Marin Catholic High School|
|Cameron Lochte - Redwood High School|