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2019 Dipsea Race. Photo by Photo by Steve Disenhof.

For legions of Dipsea Race runners that have patiently waited through a coronavirus-induced cancellation of the 2020 edition and a postponement of the 2021 race from its planned June 13th launch to Nov. 7, the delay is almost over.

Friday, Aug. 20, is the first day that runners can sign up for the 7.5-mile trek that starts outside the Depot Cafe & Bookstore in downtown Mill Valley and ends at Stinson Beach. Registration closes on Sept. 3.

It’ll be the first time that the event will be held in November in 82 years. First contested in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in the United States. The Dipsea Race was last cancelled from 1942-1945 because of World War II and military operations on Mt. Tamalpais.

Any runners who qualified for Dipsea Invitational Status at the 2019 race will be automatically qualified for the 2021 race.