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 106th Annual Dipsea will be run on Sunday, June 12nd, 2016 at 8:30 am sharp!
Final Chance to Sponsor a Step: The Dipsea Race Foundation is in the final stages of renovating the famed Dipsea Stairs. There are approximately 200 steps needing repair on the second flight that are available for sponsorship.Click here to read more!
Posted Thu 21 Jan 2016 9:48pm
"How to Enter" page updated: The How To Enter Page has been updated for the 2016 Dipsea Race. Please note that, due to increasing permit, transportation, equipment and rising general race operations costs, the Dipsea Race this year, for the first time in five years, regretfully is raising its individual entry fee to $90 for adults and $60 for children 16 & under
Posted Wed 13 Jan 2016 7:57pm
Redwood Freshman Wins Rain-Soaked Winterfest 5k Run: The weather outside was frightful on Sunday, but the end result was delightful for 15-year-old Matthew Phipps. Click Here to read more.
Posted Wed 16 Dec 2015 8:41pm
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
Brian Pilcher Wins the 2015 Dipsea Race: In the 105th Dipsea Pilcher, a retired real estate financer from Ross, outran the field of 1,500 runners on the 7.4-mile course from downtown Mill Valley to Stinson Beach to win the historic trail race. Click Here to read the rest of the story
Posted Mon 31 Aug 2015 9:55pm
Fox Sisters Win Dipsea Demon Award: Longtime Dipsea runners and volunteers Sharon and Colleen Fox were named the winners of the Jack “Demon Dipsea” Kirk Award for “dedication, perseverance and performance over time.” The sisters’ history with the Dipsea dates back to the 1920s when they great aunt Minnie participated in the Dipsea women’s hike. Click Here to read the rest of the story.
Posted Mon 31 Aug 2015 9:52pm
UltraSportsLive.TV Covers the 2015 Dipsea Race: For the first time in the 110-year history of the Dipsea, tens of thousands of fans were able to watch the annual trail race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach live without leaving their homes. Click Here to read the rest of the story
Posted Mon 31 Aug 2015 9:50pm
2015 Final Results are Posted: The final results have been posted for the 2015 Dipsea Race. Click here for the results in order of finish. Also, check out the Race Summary Page to navigate to results listed alphabetically or sorted by head start group.
Posted Sun 28 Jun 2015 10:55pm
2015 Dipsea Video Recap: Check out Tim Amyx's video recap of the 105th Dipsea race!
Posted Mon 22 Jun 2015 10:02pm
The Results are Up!: The preliminary results for today's race have been posted. There will probably be some changes over the next few days, so these results aren't considered "Final" until we say so. Click Here to view the results
We've also posted a 2015 Race Summary page.
Posted Sun 14 Jun 2015 9:45pm
Congratulations Brian Pilcher!: Congratulations to Brian Pilcher on his second Dipsea win! Stay tuned for more Dipsea news and results.
Posted Sun 14 Jun 2015 11:50am
Barry Spitz to be Inducted into the Dipsea Hall of Fame: Barry Spitz will be inducted into the Dipsea Hall of Fame at the Dipsea Race Foundation’s Hall of Fame dinner on June 12th. To read the whole story, click here.
(Marin Independent Journal photo)
Posted Sat 02 May 2015 12:38pm
The Dipsea Application Period is over: The deadline has passed, and we cannot accept any more applications for the 2015 Dipsea Race. We are hoping to post the list of entrants by mid-April.
Posted Thu 02 Apr 2015 9:34am
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 2011-2014. Results go up to 100 deep, so your name may be in it! Go to DipseaBook.com to order.
Bumped Wed 08 Apr 2015 11:00pm
Dipsea Course Preview by UltraSportsLive.TV!: UltraSportsLive.TV has produced a Dipsea Race course video preview!
Posted Wed 18 Feb 2015 9:35pm
Dipsea Committee partners with UltraSportsLive.TV for first-ever Internet broadcast of Dipsea Race: The 105th running of the annual Dipsea trail race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach on June 14 will be available to watch live and free via the Internet following an agreement this week between Dipsea Race Committee Inc. and UltraSportsLive.TV, the premier broadcast destination for ultra endurance sporting events in North America. Click here for more information
Posted Thu 29 Jan 2015 10:00pm
Inaugural Winterfest Run draws inspiration from Dipsea Kidz: When Ana Levaggi became director and head coach of the Dipsea Kidz program last year, she knew how the program could make a lasting impact on young boys and girls.
Dipsea Kidz is a unique developmental program created by the Dipsea Race Foundation to help at-risk fourth and fifth grade and middle school kids in Marin County improve their overall health through a structured afterschool physical fitness training, mentoring, nutritional and educational program. Levaggi’s immediate goal is to have her young runners ready for the first Winterfest Run in downtown Sausalito on Sunday morning, December 14, an inaugural event design to raise funds for the Dipsea Kidz while at the same time showcasing all that is good about the three-year-old program.
To read more, click here
Posted Sun 07 Dec 2014 1:02pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!