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 105th Annual Dipsea will be run on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at 8:30 am sharp!
Dipsea Legend named to All-Century Team!: Rod Berry, 3-time winner of the Dipsea fastest time award, was named in the top 5 of the Fall-All Century Team. Berry's 46:48 Dipsea time from 1981 remains the fastest since course restrictions began in 1977. Congratulations Rod! Check out the S.F. Chronicle article here: http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/CIF-announces-100th-anniversary-Fall-All-Century-5889094.php
Posted Fri 14 Nov 2014 10:13pm
Sausalito Winterfest Run, benefitting Dipsea Kidz: The Dipsea Race Foundation is partnering with the Sausalito Waterfront Foundation to sponsor the inaugural Sausalito Winterfest Run, a family-friendly celebration featuring 8K and 5K races and a Kidz Fun Run on a panoramic course for a primo cause on Sunday morning, December 14. Proceeds from the event will benefit at-risk youth through the Dipsea Kidz program. Entry fee for the Winterfest Run is $40 for adults and $25 for children 16 & under for the 8K and 5K races and $5 for children 7 & under for the Kidz Fun Run. Runners will receive a free T-shirt and water bottle. Kidz Run finishers will all receive a medal. Checks can be made payable to and mailed to the Dipsea Race Foundation, P.O. Box 10 in Mill Valley, CA 94942. Or register online at sausalitowinterfest.com . Competitors and children who register and pay entry fee before December 1 will receive free admission a post-race pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. Races will start and finish at the Spinnaker Restaurant on the waterfront. The 8K race begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K race at 8:05 a.m. on a flat downtown course that will feature magnificent views of Mt. Tamalpais, Angel Island, San Francisco Bay and the San Francisco city skyline. The Kidz Fun Run, which is one kilometer, will start at 8:15 a.m
Posted Wed 05 Nov 2014 10:24pm
Final Results and Photos Posted!: We have posted the final results for the 2014 Dipsea. Click here to see the 2014 results.
Also, be sure to read about the 2014 Dipsea Race on the Race Summary Page and check out our 2014 Photo Scrapbook
Posted Sat 28 Jun 2014 12:06am
Tim Amyx's Dipsea Recap: Tim Amyx has posted his 2014 Dipsea Recap video! http://vimeo.com/98406890
Posted Tue 17 Jun 2014 9:26pm
Lost and Found: The Dipsea Race office has several items in their Lost and Found from race day, including unclaimed sweats bags and other found items in Stinson Beach. If you're missing anything, contact us at email@example.com.
Posted Thu 12 Jun 2014 10:19pm
Preliminary Results Available: Preliminary results have been posted: Click here for the results
Posted Sun 08 Jun 2014 5:54pm
Congratulations Dipsea Runners: Congratulations to Diana Fitzpatrick for winning her second consecutive Dipsea Race and to all of this year's finishers. We will post the results as soon as we can, so please be patient.
Posted Sun 08 Jun 2014 1:21pm
Last Minute Reminders!: The Race is coming up soon! Just a couple of reminders about this weekend:
- Note that we mistakenly used a wrong bib pickup location in our mailed notifications. The pickup location on Friday, June 6 is at the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club.
- Due to water shortage in Stinson Beach public restrooms and showers will not be available to runners. However, the race is providing ample of Porto Potties which are located near the finish area. If you plan to clean up and wash poison oak off be sure to have your family or friend bring a gallon of water for you. There are no water hoses this year. Please do not use Crystal Geyser water which is allocated for thirsty runners.
Posted Tue 03 Jun 2014 8:57pm
2014 Runners Information available, and a correction.: For those that are running the 2014 Dipsea, the Official Runners Information is available here. Note that we mistakenly used a wrong bib pickup location in our mailed notifications. The pickup location on Friday, June 6 is at the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club.
Bumped Thu 29 May 2014 10:31am
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 2011-2013. Results go up to 100 deep, so your name may be in it! Go to DipseaBook.com to order.
Bumped Thu 29 May 2014 10:31am
2014 Entrants List Now Available: The 2014 Entrants list has been posted. Click here to see the list. If you didn't get in, you should receive your refund check by next week.
Posted Tue 15 Apr 2014 10:01pm
Special Hotel Rate for Dipsea Runners: The Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley is offering a special Dipsea rate for visiting runners, spectators and volunteers. For more details, see their flyer here: http://www.dipsea.org/2014/acqua_info.pdf
Posted Mon 07 Apr 2014 9:24pm
The Dipsea Application Period is Over!: The deadline has passed, and we cannot accept any more applications for the 2014 Dipsea Race. We are hoping to post the list of entrants by mid-April.
Posted Fri 04 Apr 2014 11:59pm
"How to Enter" page updated: We've updated our "How to Enter" page with all of the relevant registration information for the 2014 Dipsea Race. Note that the application will be posted on this website on March 15th.
Posted Mon 20 Jan 2014 6:25pm
Dipsea Kidz Needs Volunteers!: The Dipsea Race Foundation is seeking volunteers to assist with its Dipsea Kidz afterschool program at Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito once a week through May. Dipsea Kidz is a unique development program to help at-risk middle school kids in Marin County improve their overall health through a structured afterschool physical fitness training, mentoring, nutritional and educational program founded by the Dipsea Race Foundation.The mission of Dipsea Kidz is to use the challenge of training for cross country runs to help students develop long-term goals, improve their health, and overcome obstacles. Dipsea Kidz builds confidence, resiliency life skills, and reinforces the value and commitment and hard work. Youngsters can then draw on these values for achievement throughout their lives. The Dipsea Race Foundation is seeking volunteers to assist its lead coach in organizing and facilitating practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. at Willow Creek Academy. To volunteer or for more information, contact Michael Creedman of the Dipsea Race Foundation at (415) 643-1942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about Dipsea Kidz, click here.
Posted Mon 20 Jan 2014 6:18pm
2013 Dipsea Race Final Results Posted.: The final results for the 103rd Annual Dipsea Race have been finalized. You can view them by clicking here. You can also view the 2013 Race Summary by clicking here.
Posted Fri 21 Jun 2013 10:29pm
Dipsea Recap Video Online!: Tim Amyx put together a great video recap of this year's race! Check it out here!
Posted Fri 21 Jun 2013 10:32pm
Video of running the Dipsea Race: Want to see what it's like to run the Dipsea? Invitational scratch runner Pete Richards provided this video to share!
Posted Wed 12 Jun 2013 10:24pm
Race Photos!: Race Photos will be posted at this link in the next few days: http://www.backprint.com/view_event.asp?PID=bp%13%7FNt&EVENTID=116579
Posted Mon 10 Jun 2013 9:12am
Congratulations Diana Fitzpatrick: Congratulations to Diana Fitzpatrick on her first Dipsea win, and to all runners of this year's Dipsea Race!
Posted Sun 09 Jun 2013 1:02pm
Sam's Fountain of Youth Update: Thanks to the generosity of the running community, lovers of Mt. Tam, the family and friends of Sam Hirabayashi and his widow, Eve Pell, full funding has come in for Sam's Fountain. The Dipsea Race Committee and the Dipsea Race Foundation, who originated and supported the project, are grateful to all those who worked so hard to make it possible. It will be completed in the first week of June, so next time you are at Cardiac have a drink and remember Sam.
This project not only commemorates Sam's life but benefits thousands of Dipsea runners and hikers who pass this beautiful spot year-round.
Posted Sun 02 Jun 2013 12:23am
The Dipsea Race Remembers Longtime Racer Tony Stratta: Longtime Dipsea veteran Tony Stratta passed away on March 29 at the age of 82. Tony had run 59 Dipseas, and with his father won the father-son cup five times back in the late 40's and early 50's. His daughter Valerie, son James, grandchildren Laura and Anthony Ryan will run the Dipsea on June 9th of this year. For more information, click here.
Posted Mon 08 Apr 2013 10:03pm
Dipsea Kidz Program Aiming To Grow On Its Success: Read the story about the Dipsea Kidz program, now in its second year. The Dipsea Kidz program provides an opportunity for youngsters, age 10 - 13, to become immersed in activities leading to living a healthy lifestyle and becoming productive members of society through health, fitness, education, leadership and community example.
Posted Mon 25 Mar 2013 8:53pm
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!