Photos from the 106th Dipsea Race on June 12, 2016. Photos by Jim Welte.

In the 106th edition of the Dipsea Race, defending champion Brian Pilcher held off a challenge from last year’s runner-up Matias Saari of Alaska to claim his second consecutive and third overall victory.

Pilcher did so despite “an untimely tumble into some bushes,” according to the Marin Independent Journal. Pilcher finished the age-handicapped, 7.5-mile race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in 56 minutes, 28 seconds on Sunday to beat his actual time from last year by 30 seconds.

“I don’t know what happened, but I picked myself up and I knew I was still going to catch those (lead runners),” Pilcher told the IJ at the podium after the race. “But I knew for a fact that the 20 seconds that it took me to get out of that bush was going to be (Alaskan runner Matias Saari) passing me down the home stretch.”

Below are the results for the Top 10. Click on the image for the full results or go here.

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