The weather for this 99th Dipsea was picture perfect: sunny and mostly clear, yet cool enough to avoid any heat-related problems that can occasionally plague the Dipsea Race.
Despite suffering from an injury two weeks earlier, Brian Pilcher was able to pass all other competitors by the time he reached the Swoop to win his first Dipsea title. At the awards ceremony after the race, he received the final Grizzly Bear trophy; a new trophy design will debut for the 100th running of the Dipsea in 2010.
Mark McManus, winner of the fastest actual time award for the past three years, was only 30 seconds behind Pilcher to finish in second place. And only 30 seconds behind McManus, Alex Varner finished third and denied Mark McManus a record fourth consecutive fastest time award by finishing in 49:26.
Rounding out the top five, 13-year-old Julia Maxwell not only finished fourth, but also won the female Best Time award, all in her first Dipsea. And Eric Olson of Novato High School won the High School Trophy and finished fifth overall. These young runners brought the average age of the top five to the lowest in years, if not decades. While many long-familiar named continued to grace the top 35, these younger racers are expected to win many Black Shirts to come!
Final Results by Order of Finish
Final Results in Alphabetical Order
Final Results by Starting Group
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|Winner: || Brian Pilcher || 55:25 || (7 Minutes Head start)|
|2nd Place: || Mark McManus || 49:56 || (1 Minute Head start)|
|3rd Place: || Alex Varner || 49:26 || (scratch)|
|4th Place: || Julia Maxwell || 1:00:50 || (11 Minute Head start)|
|5th Place: || Erik Olson || 51:54 || (2 Minutes Head start)|
|Alex Varner ||3rd Place ||49:26||(scratch)|
|Julia Maxwell ||4th Place ||1:00:50 ||(11 Minutes Headstart) |
|Erik Olson ||5th Place ||51:54 ||(2 Minutes Headstart)|
|Novato High School - Novato, CA|
|1. ||Greg Nacco ||7th Place ||55:15||(5 Minutes Headstart)|
|2. ||Julie Nacco ||44th Place ||1:05:53 ||(11 Minutes Headstart)|
|Christopher Cole ||590th Place ||1:00:08||(8 Minutes Headstart)|
|"Leadership, Dedication and Sportsmanship"|
|Pat Norton, Stinson Beach Ranger|
|"Dedication, Perseverance and Performance"|
|Mark Miller, Volunteer ||588th Place ||1:29:06 ||(10 Minutes Headstart) |
|"Extraordinary Effort in the Dipsea"|
|Thomas Vaughan ||670th Place ||1:55:09 ||(22 Minutes Headstart)|
|Former Dipsea course record holder|
|Mark Berry - Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, California|
|Reed Thayer - Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, California|