Monday, June 23, 2014

Race Report : Brazen's Double Dipsea June 21st, 2014

Once I heard that Brazen Racing was helping (taking up?) host the 45th annual Double Dipsea I signed up immediately.   If you are not from the greater San Francisco Bay Area you might not know about Brazen but they are amoung a handful of experienced trail race hosting companies known for high volunteer to runner ratios, well stocked Aid Stations (AS), finisher tables and good vibes!

I previously commented about running The Dipsea and training for the Double Dipsea.  Now it was obviously time to put all that training and experience to work for the actual race...right?  Well not exactly.  Sometimes life throws you lemons and you have to attempt to make lemonade.  Here is my tale of lemonade making.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Race Report : The Dipsea Race Sunday June 8th, 2014

In a previous post, I mentioned my appreciation for Northern Bay Area locals giving me the grand tour complete with tips and tricks for surviving a Dipsea run.  In that case it was a Double Dipsea training run from Mill Valley (MV) to Stinson Beach and back.

Last Sunday, June 8th, I joined nearly 1500 other runners for the 104th annual Dipsea race.  The weather started unseasonable warm and got warmer.  Here is what I learned from actual race day.

 The race officially started (for some) at 8:30AM and according to my smart phone was around 65 deg, and  forecast was high of 90.

I had contacted the race organizers days before requesting advice on where to park on race morning because downtown MV just doesn't have much (non-metered) parking. I was advised to arrive before 7AM and park just outside of down town around Bueana Vista Avenue off Throckmorton.  I'm happy to report that I did as instructed and had no problems finding residential parking within 3-4 blocks of the start.