Kentfield resident Brian Pilcher won the 105th edition of the Dipsea Race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach on Sunday. It was the second Dipsea Race victory for Pilcher – he also won the race in 2009 – and a marked gain from 22nd place in the 2014 Dipsea Race.

The 7.4-mile run traverses from downtown Mill Valley, up the 688 Dipsea Steps and the eventual peak at the summit of Cardiac Hill – 1,360 feet above sea level – and then down the narrow Dipsea trail through Steep Ravine, across the panoramic Moors toward the finish line at Stinson Beach. The race uses staggered starts determined by age, gender and past performances, allowing runners both young and old a legitimate chance to win the historic event.

Anchorage’s Matias Saari finished second, while fellow pre-race favorite Rickey Gates of San Francisco, who finished second behind Diana Fitzpatrick in 2014, finished third.

For the first time in its history, the Dipsea Race was streamed live online, via UltraSportsLive.tv.


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