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The 2020 Application Process!



The 2020 Dipsea Application will be available as follows:

  1. March 12 - March 31: prior participants (Invitational & Runners) who provided a valid e-mail address, can login at: application.dipsea.org, to print your completed application.
  2. March 13 – March 31 after 12:00pm PDT (exact time may vary): participants who do not have a valid e-mail on file, and newcomers to the race must download a blank application from the dipsea.org website.

Please continue to check this website, or follow our Facebook page, for further updates and changes. Read the information below for important details.


NOTE: All Race Day activity times will move forward by 30 minutes in 2020. The first wave of the race will start at 8:00am and the Awards Ceremony will begin at 11:30am.

The 110th Annual Dipsea Race will be Sunday, June 14th, 2020 starting at 8:00am, Downtown Mill Valley.

The Dipsea Race is one of the more challenging athletic events in the Bay Area. Because of the potential environmental impact that would result from uncontrolled use and the risk of injury from crowding on the steep and narrow trails, the number of runners has for several years been restricted to no more than 1,500. That's less than half the number of people who apply every year. So, an elaborate system has been developed to fairly apportion the scarce racing slots.

The surest way to get a racing number is to do well in the previous Dipsea. The first four hundred and fifty Invitational runners who finished in 2019 are automatically eligible for the Invitational section of the 2020 race. All they need do is get their application completed and mailed in before the deadline of April 1, 2020. Also eligible for the 2020 Invitational are those from the Runner section who were among the first 750, overall, to cross the finish line in 2019. Note: if there is a * next to your name on last year's results, it means you automatically qualified for Invitational. For everyone else, it's a little trickier, partly because the system still is subject to the U.S. Postal Service and the fact that the Race receives twice as many applications as the number of available entries.

Once the pre-qualified runners are assigned their numbers, the remaining 900 slots are apportioned according to the following system:

There are actually two more ways to get into the race. One is to send a convincing sob story that will persuade the race committee to make room for the applicant. They're reasonable, but they've heard just about everything, although serving previously as a volunteer in the race may help, but not necessarily. Finally, on the Friday before the race, there's the Annual Dipsea Race Foundation banquet where one Invitational race number is auctioned to the highest bidder, starting at a bid of $500.

As last year, 2020 applications will not be mailed via US Postal Service. In our endeavor to contain race operating costs and entry fees, the Dipsea Race will no longer print and mail applications to previous year’s participants and new applicants. The application will reside on www.Dipsea.org for you to download only.

Participants, Invitationals and Runners in the 2019 Dipsea Race and prior years, who provided a valid email address on their application and have their log on information may access their application/runner profile now until March 10, 2020. During this period you may verify your application/information and make any applicable updates (Birthdate and age cannot be edited by you). Simply go to application.Dipsea.org and log on, click on Runner Profile to make edits. You will not be able to print out your application prior to March 12, 2020. (Please check our website in early March for the application downloading time).

Once you have downloaded and printed your application, sign it, attach an entry fee check, and mail it to: Dipsea Race, P.O. Box 30, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Any donation amount may be added to the fee check.

2019 race participants who did not submit a valid email address on the 2019 application, and new applicants may also download an application from our web site www.dipsea.org on March 13, 2020 at noon, but the application will not contain any of your information. (The exact time may vary – please check our web site in early March). We will not email applications to you.

Please note: Acceptance into the race is based on criteria as set forth on page 1 of “The 2020 Application Process”.

Registration is not complete until your application and entry fee have been received by the Dipsea Office by April 1, 2020. Applications received after April 1 will be returned.

All 2019 race participants who had provided a valid email address file will receive an email in early February 2020 with detailed instructions to access the 2020 application. 2019 participants without a valid email address on the 2019 application must download an application from our website www.Dipsea.org on or after March 13, 2020.

Applicants who are not successful in getting into the 2020 race will be mailed a refund check less a $10.00 processing fee on April 15, 2020. The fee is intended to cover some of the costs of processing the application and postage and does not subsidize the race. We impose the fee by cashing your entry check and returning the refunds by separate check with your notice. REMEMBER: Cancellation of your check DOES NOT mean you have been accepted in the Race.

As stated above, 2019 Dipsea Race participants who have a valid email address on file will receive an email in February 2020 with detailed instructions about how to access your 2020 application. At this time you may update your information online if you have your login information.

Any questions or comments not related to Invitational applications can be asked via our Contact page.