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Canadian Arden Young wins California’s Quad Dipsea ultra

This was Young's second win at the famously gruelling trail race, which involves hundreds of stairs and over 2,700m of ascent

Arden Young Quad Dipsea Photo by: Jesse Ellis, @letswanderphotography

Canmore, Alta.’s Arden Young took top honours at California’s historic Quad Dipsea race on Saturday. It was her second win at this event, and she took nine minutes off her 2021 time, finishing in 4:39:15, for 11th overall. (Young won in 2021 also.)

Ridiculous elevation–and stairs

The Quad Dipsea, a 29.6-mile (47.7-km) ultra that consists of two out-and-backs of the 7-mile Dipsea Trail course, which has more than 9,000 feet (2,743m) of elevation gain and hundreds of stairs, between Mill Valley, northwest of San Francisco, and the Pacific Ocean. It was the 40th running of the event, though the regular, seven-mile Dipsea Trail Race has been held since 1905 and claims to be the oldest trail race in the U.S. (There is also a Double Dipsea race, which involves running back to the start, for 14.8 miles, or 23.9 km.)

Allison Lindsay of Colorado was second in the women’s race, finishing in 4:41:14, and Zuzana Trnovcova of San Francisco was third, in 4:49:28.

This year’s men’s race was won by Nick Handel of San Francisco, in 3:48:44. Adam Loomis of Utah was second, in 3:56:54 and Mario Mendoza Jr. of Oregon was third, in 4:01:53.

 

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