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.

Latest News:

Virtual Dipsea Run - Sunday July 6!: You might call it The “Dr. Fauci” Dipsea … The Dipsea Race Committee and Dipsea Race Foundation are in the process of creating a FREE “Virtual Dipsea Run.” Details will be posted on Sunday, July 5, on the Dipsea website (dipsea.org), Dipsea Facebook page (@dipsearace), and Dipsea Twitter page (@TheDipsea)! Until then please enjoy an actual replay of last year’s Dipsea Race!
Posted Sun 14 Jun 2020 9:18pm

2020 Dipsea Race Cancelled: The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to the Dipsea Race Committee. Given the rapid developments and danger involving the COVID-19 coronavirus, we regretfully have chosen to cancel this year’s race.

Although the 110th Dipsea Race on June 14, 2020 is three months away, we reached out to Marin County Health and Human Services Public Health officials and decided it would be best to be proactive in the event of sudden changes that might be required in response to a need for containment.

Our priority is to assure our competitors, our volunteers, their family and friends and all people along the race route and in the community that the Dipsea race, which consists of runners of all ages, would not pose a health risk faced with growing concerns and uncertainties about COVID-19.

This will be the first year since 1945 that the Dipsea Race has not been held. The Dipsea Race was cancelled from 1942-1945 because of World War II.

Though the Dipsea Race Committee has incurred operating expenses planning for this year’s race, all entry checks that have been received for this year’s race will not be deposited. The 110th Dipsea Race will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Please keep checking the Dipsea website (www.dipsea.org), the Dipsea Facebook page (@dipsearace), and the Dipsea Twitter page (@TheDipsea) for updates and additional information.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to remain vigilant and follow these guidelines:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Touch your face (eyes, nose, and mouth) as little as possible.
Posted Fri 13 Mar 2020 12:31pm

Dipsea Race Cancelled: The 110th Annual Dipsea Race has been cancelled. Details to come...
Posted Fri 13 Mar 2020 11:25am

2020 Head Starts are posted!: The head start table for the 2020 race is posted on the Head Start page! There are no changes to the head starts for this year's race, but note that everyone starts 30 minutes earlier this year.

The Dipsea application will be posted here on March 13 at 12:00 noon. Recent past participants who received email confirmation and have a login on our application website may access their application at 12:01am on March 12 at http://application.dipsea.org
Posted Mon 09 Mar 2020 10:00pm

Final Results are posted!: The final results for the 2019 Dipsea are posted here. Also, check out our 2019 Race Summary.
Posted Sun 23 Jun 2019 6:33pm

Tim Amyx's 2019 Dipsea Race Recap!: Relive the 109th Dipsea Race with Tim Amyx's Dipsea Recap video! Thanks to Tim for making this video, and to all the volunteers, participants, and people who make the Dipsea The Greatest Race!
Posted Sun 23 Jun 2019 12:10am

109th Dipsea is done!: Congratulations to Brian Pilcher on his fourth Dipsea win, to Alex Varner on his record ninth Best Time award, and to all of this year's Dipsea finishers on this warm race day! Full preliminary results will be posted later today.
Posted Sun 09 Jun 2019 1:28pm

Vance Eberly Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Dipsea Win: Fifty years ago, 10-year-old Vance Eberly won the Dipsea Race. Read more...
Posted Wed 05 Jun 2019 10:46pm

Century-old Dipsea Photos donated by the Coyne Family: Lloyd and Nancy Coyne of El Cerrito admit they have never walked the entire Dipsea trail or ever watched the Dipsea race, but they are forever linked to the history of the Dipsea. That's because Lloyd's father, Raymond, plus his Uncle Lynus and Aunt Miriam all competed in the Dipsea in the 1920s and they have proof. Lynus was the star runner in the family and Raymond was the photographer. Read more!
Posted Mon 20 May 2019 6:50pm

2019 Dipsea Foundation Scholarships available.: The Dipsea Race Foundation offers scholarships annually to outstanding young men and women who have participated in the Dipsea Race—either as a runner or a volunteer—and are graduating high school seniors. Visit the Dipsea Foundation website for more information.
Posted Fri 15 Feb 2019 11:01pm

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 2011-2018. Results go up to 100 deep, so your name may be in it! Go to DipseaBook.com to order.
Bumped Tue 12 Mar 2019 10:17am

Lost and Found: The Story Behind The 1920 Dipsea Winner's Trophy: As the life of championship trophies go, the one that William O'Callaghan received for winning the 1920 Dipsea Race has had an up-and-down, hide-and-seek adventure symbolic of the race course itself.

For something so rare, this 99-year-old Dipsea trophy has been rarely talked about. It's been lost and found in a bedroom near a garage in the Sunset District in San Francisco then lost and found again in an attic in Sonoma County. Read More Here!
Posted Fri 15 Feb 2019 10:57pm

Dipsea Stairs Dedication Ceremony October 20: The Dipsea Race Foundation is hosting a special ceremony on Saturday, October 20, to officially dedicate the renovated second flight of the famed Dipsea Stairs in Mill Valley.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Marion Avenue at the foot of the second of three flights totaling 680 steps rising from Old Mill Park to Sequoia Valley Road at Edgewood Avenue. The refurbished second flight, consisting of approximately 200 steps, leads to Hazel Avenue and the third flight. Read more here!
Posted Fri 12 Oct 2018 6:07pm

2018 Final Results are posted!: The final results of the 108th Annual Dipsea Race have been posted. You can view the results sorted by overall place, alphabetical order, or headstart group.
Posted Thu 12 Jul 2018 6:35pm

Tim Amyx's 2018 Dipsea Race Recap!: Relive the 108th Dipsea Race with Tim Amyx's video to see who earned a Dipsea Survivor T-shirt at the end! Thanks to all the volunteers, participants, and people who make the Dipsea The Greatest Race!

Posted Sun 24 Jun 2018 11:40am

The Dipsea Race is in The New York Times!: NYT writer John Branch gives his entertaining first-hand account of his maiden voyage in the unique and historic race and up and down and around the Dipsea Trail. It's a must read! https://nyti.ms/2HLIeKZ.
Posted Thu 14 Jun 2018 6:07pm

2018 Dipsea Summary is posted!: For the second year in a row, Chris Lundy, a 47-year-old San Francisco veterinarian from Sausalito, outlasted 32-year-old Alex Varner of San Rafael and his record-tieing performance to win the 108th Dipsea race. Check out our summary of the 2018 Dipsea Race!
Posted Sun 10 Jun 2018 11:31pm

Preliminary Results are posted!: The preliminary results for the 2018 race are posted here: https://www.dipsea.org/2018/2018final.html
Posted Sun 10 Jun 2018 6:40pm

Congratulations to Chris Lundy!: Congratulations to Chris Lundy on her second Dipsea win! Stay tuned for race results... we'll try to post them as soon as possible!
Posted Sun 10 Jun 2018 2:50pm

Purchase photos of the Women’s Dipsea Hike!: Relive memories of the 100th Anniversary Women's Dipsea Hike, with professional images from the official Dipsea photographers.

Cameramen were positioned at both the start in Old Mill Park and at the top of the Cardiac climb on Mt. Tam. You can purchase photos from both locations, here:


All profits from the sale of photos will go toward the Muir Woods Bridge project, an effort to build a permanent bridge across the creek on the route of the Dipsea Race.
Posted Thu 26 Apr 2018 9:46pm

Period Dress Costume Contest Honors Women's Dipsea Hike Pioneers: To honor her late grandmother Laura for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on Saturday morning, April 21, Valerie Stratta Trenev of San Francisco is going to dress up – like it’s 1918. Read More
Posted Sun 15 Apr 2018 6:42pm

Longtime Dipsea Runner Barbara Robben to Participate in Women's Dipsea Hike: Longtime Dipsea Runner Barbara Robben will participate in next month's Women's Dipsea Hike. Click here to read more of her story!
Posted Sat 03 Mar 2018 6:18pm

The History of the Women's Dipsea Hike: In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the historic Women's Dipsea Hike, here's an article about the Hike's history and origins.
Posted Sun 11 Feb 2018 4:11pm

Women's Dipsea Hike Registration: On Saturday, April 21st, 2018 to honor its centennial anniversary, the historic Women’s Dipsea Hike – started in 1918 and was the first ever cross country sporting event in the United States organized for women as its exclusive participants – is staging a ceremonial tribute hike along the Dipsea trail from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach.

The untimed event, held on Earth Day weekend, is sponsored by the Dipsea Race Committee in partnership with One Tam and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The application for this 100th anniversary of the Women’s Dipsea Hike will be posted for download on the Dipsea website (www.dipsea.org) this Saturday, February 3, at noon. The event hike will be limited to the first 500 participants. Following the event there will be a separate optional buffet luncheon with special guests. Reservations are required for the luncheon and due to seating restrictions the luncheon event will be limited to the first 100 reservations.

Applications for the event must be downloaded, filled in and mailed to the Dipsea Race. Instructions and additional information will be available with the application upon download.
Posted Fri 02 Feb 2018 7:17pm

Remembering Women's Dipsea Hike Pioneer Edith Hickman: To look forward to the 100th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on April 21 in the new year, Barbara “Bobby” Van Meurs and her daughter, Arianna, recently were delighted and enlightened to look back through scrapbooks created and stories told to the time when their mother/grandmother, Edith Hickman, was the first champion of the hike and a lot more. Click here to read more!
Posted Wed 03 Jan 2018 6:20pm

Dipsea Stairs update: The rebuilding of the second flight of the Dipsea Steps is continuing. Completion is expected to be sometime in October. However, a temporary stairway has been constructed to allow egress along the steps. Click the photos for a larger picture.


Posted Tue 19 Sep 2017 6:17pm

More Details about the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Dipsea Hike!: We're working on more details on the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Click here for more information!
Posted Tue 19 Sep 2017 5:28pm

100th Anniversary of Women's Dipsea Hike on April 21, 2018: Save the date of April 21, 2018. The Dipsea Race is going to honor the 100th anniversary of a momentous pioneering event – the Women’s Dipsea Hike – exactly 100 years to the date of the very first one on Saturday morning, April 21, with a special women’s-only tribute walk/run over the Dipsea Trail beginning at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley and ending in Stinson Beach. Click here for more information!
Posted Mon 31 Jul 2017 8:22pm

Final Results are posted!: The final results of the 107th Annual Dipsea Race have been posted. You can view the results sorted by overall place, alphabetical order, or headstart group.
Posted Wed 21 Jun 2017 8:24pm

Tim Amyx's 2017 Dipsea Race Recap!: Tim Amyx has posted his recap of the 107th Annual Dipsea Race. Watch it here!

Posted Sun 18 Jun 2017 10:07pm

Preliminary Results are posted!: The preliminary results are posted. Note that the results may change slightly in the coming days. You can view the results here or view the 2017 Race Summary here.
Posted Sun 11 Jun 2017 5:05pm

Congratulations Chris Lundy!: Congratulations to Chris Lundy on her first Dipsea win, and to all Dipsea Race finishers! We will try to get the results posted as soon as possible, so please be patient!
Posted Sun 11 Jun 2017 11:59am

Jack Kirk's Last Race - Video: 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Jack Kirk's second and last Dipsea win, and 10 years since he passed away at age 100. Drow Millar made this touching video of Jack Kirk's last Dipsea appearance.

Jack Kirk's Last Race 2006 from Drow Millar on Vimeo.

Posted Thu 08 Jun 2017 8:20am

Riley the "Dipsea Dog" Honored on Dipsea Steps:: This is the time of year that we traditionally count our blessings and give our thanks. This then is the perfect time to tell you about a caring man and an inspirational dog and how the Dipsea Trail and Dipsea Race connects them. This is not a dog and pony show. After Thanksgiving, Craig Sultan of Mill Valley has invited a group of close friends to meet with him at the bottom of the second flight of the famed Dipsea Stairs for a special ceremony for his dog, Riley. Click Here to read the full story!
Posted Wed 23 Nov 2016 1:25pm

Dipsea Race Day Photos!: Tina Humphrey has posted hundreds of photos from Dipsea race day, including photos at the start, at the finish, and at the award ceremony. You can see them here!
Posted Sun 26 Jun 2016 6:20pm

Video of Top 100 Dipsea Finishers: Paul and Tina Berensmeier shared this video of the first 100 finishers of this year's Dipsea Race!

Posted Thu 16 Jun 2016 8:57pm

Jerry Hauke passes away: The Dipsea Race Committee and the Dipsea Race Foundation mourn the loss of Dipsea Hall of Famer and DRF Emeritus Director Jerry Hauke – a Dipsea legend and the man most responsible for saving the historic trail race from possible extinction.

Jerry died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Weaverville.

“This is a difficult loss for all of us. Jerry's enthusiasm for life was contagious,” says Merv Regan, longtime chair of the Dipsea Race Committee and Dipsea Race Foundation. “I met him about 36 years ago when I jumped in and volunteered to help him and Bob Knez. When there was a lull, I asked what they were raising the money for. Bob said for the Dipsea Race. I asked `What's the Dipsea Race?’ Jerry was shocked. He said, `You don't know about the Dipsea Race? You have to come to a meeting!’ The rest is history. I will miss my friend. We all will.”

Jerry was a member of the Mill Valley Falls Arts Festival who created the Dipsea Beer Booth in Old Mill Park. In 1963, as a member of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce (later known as MV Jaycees), Jerry stepped in to rescue the race after the previous race organizing group withdrew its sponsorship. Jerry also intervened in 1977 when the town of Stinson Beach and County of Marin threatened to end the race if changes were not made.

Hauke led construction of an alternate trail on the race route – dubbed Hauke Hollow – and has a Dipsea Race award – the Red Tail Hawk Award, also named the Jerry Hauke Perpetual Award for Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Dedication– named after him. Hauke Park in Mill Valley also is named in Jerry’s honor.

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Hauke Family. A memorial service is pending.
Posted Fri 15 Apr 2016 6:41pm

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

Dipsea Course Preview by UltraSportsLive.TV!: UltraSportsLive.TV has produced a Dipsea Race course video preview!
Posted Wed 18 Feb 2015 9:35pm

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!

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