On Sunday the 101st running of the Dipsea Race will take place over on the hills of Marin County. I'll be staying well away -- my idea of a good time to wander those trails is a quiet weekday, not when hundreds are blasting through as fast as they can.
Still, the race is a wonder. Here's the story of last year's edition -- a race won fair and square by an 8 year old girl.
Melody-Ann Schultz, 68, narrates the tale of her struggle to catch Reilly Johnson. Both women beat everyone else in the field, benefiting from an age- and gender-adjusted head start. None of the young or mature, male or female, could catch either of them.
You can read more about the Dipsea handicap system here. As a past winner, Reilly Johnson will have a one minute penalty added to her age-graded start if she is running on Sunday. It's just the way the rules work. The race directors want competition.
The race is a grand local institution!