Northern California’s Dipsea is the oldest trail race in the United States. It started in 1905 and now falls on the second Sunday in June each year, which means the 2012 version happened just a week or so ago.
The Dipsea is a 7.4-mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, and Jack Kirk, known as the “Dipsea Demon,” ran that race 67 consecutive times before passing away in 2007 at the age of 100. He won the thing twice and ran his last race when he was 95 years young. And the kicker was that he would race in long pants, a long sleeve collared shirt, and boat shoes. Genius.
This short documentary on Kirk is a little ragged, but pretty damn inspirational. See if you’re running this well at age 94…or running at all.
See more from Jeff Thrope at Cold Splinters.