The 32nd Quad Dipsea happened on a rainy November day just like the very first Dipsea race over 100 years ago. It was wet and muddy but not as bad as we feared.
DPMR board member Betsy Nye ran a little faster than last year, securing a top-10 women’s finish. Her sister Julie Nye completed her tenth Quad Dipsea.
Tahoe City’s Tom Eckert was there for his 8th finish on his way to getting the black jacket. I ran slower then last year and thoroughly enjoyed my time on the trail. The double out-n-back course provides runners ample opportunity to say “Hi” to friends and keep an eye on the competition.
Course record holder Dave Mackey finished second behind winner Chikara Omme. Mackey’s course record from last year however, remains intact as does DPMR member Kathy D’onofrio’s which has lasted 17 years!! Wow! The women winner this year was Caren Spore of Davis.
I encourage mountain runners in Northern California on Thanksgiving weekend to experience the “Quad.” But please note both the course and entry process can be challenging. The 300 entry limit was filled in less the 1/2 hour this year. For those of us technically challenged, be prepared to press”send.”
Also, when attaching the timing chip to your shoe the instructions say to loop the device around your lace into a “D” shape. You may think this loop looks awkward, weird or cumbersome, it could catch on vegetation and is aerodynamically inefficient. Resist the urge to squish it like a pancake and cram it under the laces. Apparently, this renders the chip useless. Oops.
P.S. It was great to see Peter Broomhall supporting runners and exploring the course. Maybe he’s got the Quad itch (or poison oak).