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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:


Dipsea Race Committee Statement Regarding Passing Of Dipsea Hall Of Famer Russ Kiernan:
“Russ was a Dipsea treasure. He was a champion for the race in the truest sense. His contributions to the Dipsea went far beyond his three individual championships, 30 Black Shirts, and Hall of Fame career. He was an ambassador for the competitiveness and camaraderie of the race and shared his knowledge of the course and its spirit to anyone who would ask. He was as gracious in victory as he was in all the years he determinedly chased it and fell short. He was a friend more than a foe, a gift from the Dipsea gods. He was and always will be a Dipsea hero.”
Photo credit: Mari Allen

Posted Mon 07 Nov 2022 5:30pm


From Brooklyn To Dipsea Champion: When 28-year-old Eddie Owens was in high school growing up in Brooklyn, he first read in Runners World about a unique footrace about 3,000 miles away. It was his introduction to the Dipsea, the country’s oldest trail race... Read more...

Posted Wed 02 Nov 2022 10:21pm


Letters Between Legends: There is a special relationship among champions of the Dipsea Race, but perhaps none more unique than the connection between the late Jack “The Dipsea Demon” Kirk and Russ Kiernan.

Let’s just call it “Letters Amid Legends.”

From 1989 to 2000, Kirk -- a two-time Dipsea winner who competed in 68 consecutive Dipseas the last at the age of 96 -- would mail hand-written letters from his secluded 400-acre property off Buckeye Road in Mariposa to Kiernan in Mill Valley where Kiernan saved and preserved them. Kirk played the role of mentor and Kiernan, a retired substitute teacher, was his pupil.
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Posted Fri 23 Sep 2022 9:09pm


Minimum Age for Dipsea Runners: Following years of discussion, the Dipsea Race Committee is raising the minimum age for participants in The Annual Dipsea due to trail safety concerns. The minimum age requirement will be 6 years old effective June 11, 2023 at the 112th Dipsea Race and 7 years old beginning with the 113th Dipsea Race on June 9, 2024.

Posted Wed 07 Sep 2022 8:31pm


Tim Amyx's 2022 Dipsea Race Recap!: Wanna see yourself in the 111th Dipsea Race or thinking about entering country’s oldest trail race in the future? Watch Tim Amyx’s video recap from this year’s Dipsea Race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach!

Posted Mon 20 Jun 2022 7:20pm


Preliminary results are posted!: The preliminary results of the 2022 Dipsea race are posted here. Note that these results are preliminary, and some results may be inaccurate or missing. And congratulations to first-time winner Edward Owens! You can read our race summary here.

Posted Sun 12 Jun 2022 3:06pm


Third Edition of Dipsea: The Greatest Race on sale!: Congrats to Dipsea Race historian, longtime finish line announcer, and Dipsea Hall of Famer Barry Spitz on the arrival of his new Third Edition of “Dipsea: The Greatest Race”! The fully illustrated 296-page book is updated (including all statistical tables) from the 2010 Centennial Edition. The book is available through Amazon (https://amzn.to/3yNqpcA) or get personally inscribed copies at dipseabook.com.

Posted Mon 23 May 2022 8:23pm


ABC7 Story about Dipsea Women's Hike on Women's History Month!: On Women’s History Month, watch this incredible and inspirational ABC7 News story by KGO-TV reporter Liz Kreutz on the history of the Women’s Dipsea Hike and the impact it has had on generations of women including 17-year-old Corinne Hunt and her Eagle Scout project! The centennial celebration of the final Women's Dipsea Hike in 1922 is coming on April 30 starting in Old Mill Park!



To sign up for the Women's Dipsea Hike on April 30, Click Here.

Posted Sun 27 Mar 2022 8:53am


Coloradoan Makes Mark As Dipsea Race Defending Champion: Living in the shadow of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Mark Tatum was more than a mile high after winning the 110th Dipsea last November... READ MORE

Posted Fri 25 Mar 2022 1:15pm


Eagle Scout Project Honors Women's Dipsea Hike by Making Custom Bibs: With March being Women’s History Month, Corinne is leading fellow scouts in Troop 1 to create custom-made racing bibs for the centennial celebration of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on April 30 starting in Old Mill Park in Mill Valley.

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Posted Fri 25 Feb 2022 9:15am


Tim Amyx's 2021 Dipsea Race Recap!: Relive the 110th 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 Mon 20 Dec 2021 6:39pm


Mark Tatum wins the 110th Dipsea: 61-year-old Mark Tatum of Colorado Springs became the first non-Californian to win the Dipsea since Gail Scott of Durango, Colorado in 1986 and the first male outside the state of California to win the historic trail race since Joe Patterson of Queensland, Australia in 1975 on Sunday in the 110th Dipsea. He outran an impressive field that included the runner-up, 62-year-old Dan King of Boulder, Colo, who last month in Boston was the 60+ winner in the Masters National Cross Country Championships; four-time and defending race champion Brian Pilcher, 65, of Kentfield, who last weekend set seven American Records in the same race – the River Oaks Invitational Marathon in Houston, Tx; and scratch runner 28-year-old Eddie Owens of Larkspur, who posted the fastest time (47:48) in the 7.4 mile race from downtown Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. Two-time Dipsea champion Chris Lundy of Mill Valley posted the fastest time (1:01.25) and highest finish (eighth) by a female.

Posted Sun 07 Nov 2021 12:57pm


Record Best Time Award Winner Varner Anxious For 110th Dipsea on November 7: With the pandemic cancelling last year’s 110th Dipsea Race and causing it to be rescheduled this year from June 13 to November 7, things have sure slowed down for Alex Varner. For now. Read more about what Alex Varner has been up to here!

Posted Mon 07 Jun 2021 9:56pm


Beauty Queen Helps to Restart Dipsea Race in 1946: Before the pandemic of 2020, the last time Dipsea race was not held was during World War II. Check out this story about the beauty queen who helped restart it!

Posted Sat 15 May 2021 11:58am


Dipsea Race Legend Now Connected To Star Wars: A local writer was doing some research into his family and found out he was related to Dipsea legend Mason Hartwell. Read the whole story here.

Posted Fri 09 Apr 2021 9:59pm


Virtual Dipsea Race Results!: The Virtual Dipsea Run officially ended today with the Virtual Dipsea Run Virtual Honors Ceremony via Zoom. To watch a video replay of the ceremony and see who earned special recognition and awards, click on this link: https://bit.ly/353Xf8q

The final results for the Dipsea Trail Virtual Race are here and the results of the ten-mile race are here.

Thank you to Virtual Dipsea participant Sean Holcomb for providing this champagne-clinking moment with the Moors and Pacific Ocean sunset in the distance! Thank you to ALL who participated in the first-ever Virtual Dipsea!!!

Posted Sun 18 Oct 2020 12:14am


Virtual Dipsea Run Virtual Honors Ceremony October 17: Now that the Virtual Dipsea Run has ended, the Virtual Dipsea Run Virtual Honors Ceremony will be this Saturday, October 17, starting at noon Pacific time via Zoom.

If you entered the Virtual Dipsea and posted a time, you will receive an email inviting you to join the ceremony.

Thank you to all 630 plus participants from 27 states and five countries who entered the free event.

The 110th Dipsea is scheduled for Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Posted Mon 12 Oct 2020 9:42pm


The Virtual Dipsea Run Extended to Oct. 11: Because of lingering poor and unhealthy air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Western United States, the Dipsea Race Committee has decided again to extend the Virtual Dipsea Run, this time to Sunday, October 11.

Participants should sign up for the free virtual run -- which originally started on July 6 -- and log their times before Oct. 11 in advance of the Virtual Dipsea Run Virtual Honors Ceremony on Oct. 17. Almost 400 of entrants already have ordered a "Virtual Dipsea Run T-shirt"! 2020run.dipsea-volunteers.org

This is the second time in the past month that the Virtual Dipsea Run has been extended due to wildfires and wildfire smoke in the region.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the people affected by these devastating and deadly wildfires throughout the West,” says Merv Regan of the Dipsea Race Committee. “We are concerned about the safety of people participating in this virtual event. We don’t want to encourage people being out inhaling these ashes and other pollutants. We hope the air quality will improve soon and allow people to get out and be able to enjoy the Virtual Dipsea in sunshine and fresh air.”

To enter and participate in the Dipsea Virtual Run, visit 2020run.dipsea-volunteers.org.

For more information, email sam@dipsea.org.

Anyone of any age at any time anywhere in the world can participate in the Dipsea Virtual Run organized by the Dipsea Race Committee and the Dipsea Race Foundation as an alternative to the 110th Dipsea Race, which was cancelled on June 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annual Dipsea is the oldest trail race in the United States and each year attracts a packed field limited to 1,500 runners.

This year marked the first year in 75 years that the Dipsea race – first contested in 1905 – was not held as originally scheduled. The Dipsea was last cancelled from 1942-1945 because of World War II and military operations on Mt. Tamalpais.

Each entrant in the Virtual Dipsea Run will have the option of participating (either by themselves or in a group of no more than four people) in one of two different routes to record their time: 1) On the 7.5 mile Dipsea trail course which, for the Dipsea Virtual Run, will start in Old Mill Park in Mill Valley and end where the Dipsea Trail meets Panoramic Highway in Stinson Beach. Or 2) on a 10-mile flat course of their choice, even on a treadmill.

Participants can choose their location and route and complete their Virtual Dipsea Run, as long as the required miles are completed and the virtual run is completed before Oct. 11. A list of participants and logged results will be viewable on the Dipsea website.

Posted Sat 12 Sep 2020 6:59pm


The Virtual Dipsea Run Extended to Sept. 20: The Virtual Dipsea Run Extended to Sept. 20: Due to excessive heat in Northern California the past two weeks and continuing smoke from multiple wildfires in the area causing unhealthy air conditions, the Dipsea Race Committee has decided to extend the Virtual Dipsea Run to Sunday, September 20.

Participants should sign up for the free virtual run -- which started on July 6 -- and log their times before Sept. 20 in advance of the Virtual Dipsea Run Virtual Honors Ceremony on Sept. 26. Almost 300 of entrants already have ordered a "Virtual Dipsea Run T-shirt"! http://2020run.dipsea-volunteers.org/

Anyone of any age at any time anywhere in the world can participate in the Dipsea Virtual Run organized by the Dipsea Race Committee and the Dipsea Race Foundation as an alternative to the 110th Dipsea Race, which was cancelled on June 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annual Dipsea is the oldest trail race in the United States and each year attracts a packed field limited to 1,500 runners.

This year marked the first year in 75 years that the Dipsea race – first contested in 1905 – was not held as originally scheduled. The Dipsea was last cancelled from 1942-1945 because of World War II and military operations on Mt. Tamalpais.

To enter and participate in the Dipsea Virtual Run, visit the Dipsea website beginning July 6 when registration starts. Sign-up at 2020run.dipsea-volunteers.org.

Each entrant will have the option of participating (either by themselves or in a group of no more than four people) in one of two different routes to record their time: 1) On the 7.5 mile Dipsea trail course which, for the Dipsea Virtual Run, will start in Old Mill Park in Mill Valley and end where the Dipsea Trail meets Panoramic Highway in Stinson Beach. Or 2) on a 10-mile flat course of their choice, even on a treadmill.

Participants can choose their location and route and complete their Virtual Dipsea Run, as long as the required miles are completed and the virtual run is completed before September 6.. A list of participants and logged results will be viewable on the Dipsea website.

The Dipsea Virtual Run will culminate with an online Honors Ceremony on September 12.

For more information, email sam@dipsea.org.

Posted Tue 25 Aug 2020 6:36pm


The Virtual Dipsea Run is here!: If you missed the Dipsea Race this year or if you have never been in the Dipsea but would like to try, the Dipsea Virtual Run is for you.

In a fun kind of way. For free.

Starting Monday, July 6, and ending Sunday, September 6, anyone of any age at any time anywhere in the world can participate in the Dipsea Virtual Run organized by the Dipsea Race Committee and the Dipsea Race Foundation as an alternative to the 110th Dipsea Race, which was cancelled on June 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annual Dipsea is the oldest trail race in the United States and each year attracts a packed field limited to 1,500 runners.

This year marked the first year in 75 years that the Dipsea race – first contested in 1905 – was not held as originally scheduled. The Dipsea was last cancelled from 1942-1945 because of World War II and military operations on Mt. Tamalpais.

To enter and participate in the Dipsea Virtual Run, visit the Dipsea website beginning July 6 when registration starts. Sign-up at 2020run.dipsea-volunteers.org.

Each entrant will have the option of participating (either by themselves or in a group of no more than four people) in one of two different routes to record their time: 1) On the 7.5 mile Dipsea trail course which, for the Dipsea Virtual Run, will start in Old Mill Park in Mill Valley and end where the Dipsea Trail meets Panoramic Highway in Stinson Beach. Or 2) on a 10-mile flat course of their choice, even on a treadmill.

Participants can choose their location and route and complete their Virtual Dipsea Run, as long as the required miles are completed and the virtual run is completed before September 6.. A list of participants and logged results will be viewable on the Dipsea website.

The Dipsea Virtual Run will culminate with an online Honors Ceremony on September 12.

For more information, email sam@dipsea.org.

Posted Wed 08 Jul 2020 4:09pm


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


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


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:

dipseaphotos.smugmug.com

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


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


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


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


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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