Dipsea Race Through Muir Woods 2016
The 106th running of the Dipsea Race will be held on Sunday June 12, 2016 at exactly 8:30 AM.
The racers start in downtown Mill Valley, running down Throckmorton and through Old Mill Park before they have to survive the 672 wooden steps that lead up from Mill Valley onto the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Just think of running up the stairs of a fifty-story building and you get the idea. They’ll pass through Muir Woods en route to the western slopes of the mountain and the descent into Stinson Beach.
Along the way they’ll pass colorful places named “Windy Gap”, “Dynamite”, “Cardiac”, the “Swoop”, “Steep Ravine”, “Insult Hill” and “The Moors.” I have hiked the route rather than run it, and apart from consulting the Constitution’s ban on torture going up the Dipsea stairs it was a long and arduous trek. I tip my cap to the people who run it.
The race started in 1905, so shouldn’t this be the 110th running? Yes, except we lost two years when the race was not run due to The Depression (1932-33) and four years due to World War II (1942-45).
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