First Wednesday - Barry Spitz: Women of the Dipsea Race

Wednesday, June 5th | 7:00pm

Barry Spitz will discuss the colorful history of women in the Dipsea, augmented with images from the collection of the Mill Valley Library History Room.

Women played an outsized role in this iconic race for more than 100 years. Before women were allowed to run in the Olympic Games, hundreds of women participated in the Women’s Dipsea Hikes covering the full 7-mile Mill Valley to Stinson Beach trail. The Hikes stand as pioneering events in the evolution of equality for women in US sports. Women began running in the Dipsea Race itself, albeit unofficially, starting in 1950. Since women were officially admitted in 1971, they have won the handicapped Dipsea Race outright a total of 23 times. Each of these winners will be acknowledged.

Barry Spitz has been the Dipsea Race announcer for 38 years and is author of the book, Dipsea, The Greatest Race. He is also the author of Mill Valley: The Early Years, Mount Tamalpais Trails, Marin: A History, and other local history and outdoors books. He lives in San Anselmo with wife Pamela and has two daughters, Sally and Lily.

Registration recommended. Register here.