The 2009 Dipsea

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

Click here to view the 2009 Dipsea Race Photo Scrapbook

The 2009 Awards
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)

Fastest Time Male:
Alex Varner 3rd Place 49:26(scratch)

Fastest Time Female:
Julia Maxwell 4th Place 1:00:50 (11 Minutes Headstart)

First High School Finisher:
Erik Olson 5th Place 51:54 (2 Minutes Headstart)
Novato High School - Novato, CA

Winning Team: Tamalpa Runners

Alan Beardall Award: Winning Family
1. Greg Nacco 7th Place 55:15(5 Minutes Headstart)
2. Julie Nacco 44th Place 1:05:53 (11 Minutes Headstart)

First Finisher-Dipsea Section
Christopher Cole 590th Place 1:00:08(8 Minutes Headstart)

Jerry Hauke Perpetual Award (The Red Tailed Hawk)
"Leadership, Dedication and Sportsmanship"
Pat Norton, Stinson Beach Ranger

Jack Kirk "Dipsea Demon" Award
"Dedication, Perseverance and Performance"
Mark Miller, Volunteer 588th Place 1:29:06 (10 Minutes Headstart)

Norman Bright Award
"Extraordinary Effort in the Dipsea"
Thomas Vaughan 670th Place 1:55:09 (22 Minutes Headstart)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Don Makela
Former Dipsea course record holder

Dipsea Foundation: Scholarship Recipients
Mark Berry - Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, California
Reed Thayer - Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, California