Corinne Hunt of Tiburon handcrafted participant bibs and conducted interviews for a podcast-style oral history of the Dipsea Hike Memorial on April 30 as part of her Eagle Scout Project for BSA Scouts. The event will mark the 100th anniversary since the last women’s race was held. (Photo by Elliot Karlan/For the Ark)
As a resident of Tiburon for most of her life, Corinne Hunt was familiar with the Dipsea Race, the annual 7.4-mile trek from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach that began in 1905 and has the distinction of being the oldest country trail race.
However, the 16-year-old junior from Redwood High School had never heard of the Dipsea Hike – a name-hike version of the race held annually from 1918 to 1922 to give women, who were banned from enter the men. -only Dipsea Race, a chance to compete.
Corinne remembers being shocked when Dipsea race committee member Mari Allen visited her BSA Scouts troop, Troop 1 Girls out of Mill Valley, and spoke about the event. She immediately wanted to know more.
“I’m a naturally curious person, and it’s not something you really hear about, women can’t run, especially these days,” she says.
When Allen asked if the girl troop might want to help with a celebratory hike planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the last Dipsea hike, Corinne saw an opportunity to make the event the cornerstone of her Eagle Scout project. The Eagle Scout rank is the highest of the program’s seven ranks and, in addition to earning nearly two dozen merit badges and serving in a position of responsibility in their troop, requires Scouts to complete a service project. community for the benefit of a non-profit group. Being named an Eagle Scout is a prestigious honor; only 4-8% of Scouts achieve the rank, which must be achieved before the Scout turns 18.
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