Youth Dipsea Training 2017 begins March 12 … Here is what you need to know.

Parents and Runners,

Welcome to Youth Dipsea Training 2017. We have an excellent mix of returning runners and new participants. I am excited to get started.

Our first training run will take place March 12th,10am at Ross Common. Prior to heading out, we will take a few minutes for introductions as well as a little overview of how we have fun and how we stay safe. We will then head out for a loop around Phoenix Lake. This run will be about 4-5 miles with mild hills. Total time from start to finish is estimated to be about 1.75 hours. The weather forecast for Sunday suggests there is a good chance of rain, so make sure to bring a rain jacket and wear only synthetic athletic gear (avoid cotton.)

If you have not done so already I encourage you to join our Marin Youth Trail Runs Facebook Group. This is where we typically share photos, as well as family-friendly running events in the area.

For those parents that are joining our group for the first time, here are some frequently asked questions:

Are we guaranteed entry into the Dipsea? No. Unfortunately, I have no pull with the Dipsea Committee. For best chances I encourage parents to apply immediately when applications become available (March 15th) according to the instructions on the dipsea.org website. Also, have your runner include a message about what it would mean to them to participate in the Dipsea (aka sob story). This is still not a guarantee, but it has worked very well for us in past years.

What if we don’t get into the Dipsea? No worries. You are still encouraged to keep having fun and training with the group, we will just set your goals on another race in the same time frame. I suggest The Angel Island 5 Mile.

Can Parents Join? Over the years we have found that the kids have more fun without parents tagging along, but I know parents like to get a run in also, so we ask that parents choose a different route or give us a Dipsea head start of about 20 minutes.

How long are the runs? Runs will typically take about 2 hours, but it can vary depending on trail difficulty. We try not to get to spread out so the group will typically only finish within a few minutes of the slowest runner, so finishing times may vary.

Should I bring water? Yes, It is always a good idea to bring water. However, coaches will all be carrying extra water, and most runs will have water along the way.

What are TCRS Races? TCRS stands for Tamalpa Club Racing Series. These races are low key, local races. They are great for the whole family so parents are definitely encouraged to participate. Learn More at the TCRS website.

Where can I see upcoming run locations? Our schedule is available here. Our schedule is tentative so please watch your email for any changes.

Can I add another person to this mailing list? Use this form to add others to this mailing list.

I am excited for another beautiful season out on the trails of Marin. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Happy Trails,
Levi Webb

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