100th Anniversary of the Women's Dipsea Hike

On Saturday, April 21st, some 500 participants will take to the Dipsea Trail in a ceremonial hike to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Women's Dipsea Hike. The trailblazing Hike, which began in 1918 and took place once a year through 1922, was the first-ever cross country sporting event in the United States organized exclusively for women.

Are you taking part in the April 21st Hike?

- If you've registered and are looking for costume ideas, check out the slideshow on the History Room's homepage. For a larger view, click on the image, and then click on the thumbnail photo in the photo record.

- Visit the Dipsea Race website for details about bib pickup, Hike logistics, and more.

Even if you aren't participating in the Hike, there are plenty of ways to help celebrate:

- On Tuesday, April 17th, from 4-7pm, join us for the opening reception of the Mill Valley Public Library's "Women of the Dipsea" exhibition. To toast the Hike and the pioneering women who've participated in the Dipsea Race over the years, we've put together a special photo exhibit in the Library's Lower Level Gallery. Wine and cheese to be served at the reception. Exhibit on display April 17th through August. No registration required for the reception.

- On Friday, April 20th, from 6-8pm, the Mill Valley Community Center will host a presentation and bib pickup event open to both Hike participants and the wider community. This is a free event open to all. At 7:00pm Dipsea historian Barry Spitz will give a short illustrated talk about the history of this pioneering event, which took place in Mill Valley's own backyard. Also peruse historical displays and informational tables featuring the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mill Valley Historical Society, Mill Valley Public Library, One Tam, and others. Refreshments to be served.

- On Saturday, April 20th, the Hike begins in Old Mill Park at 9am. Cheer on participants at the start line or finish line.

- To learn more about the Hike's history, click here to read a great article from the Dipsea Race.