Saari finishes 2nd among 1,427 at 106th running of Dipsea Race
The accomplished mountain runner finished second out of 1,427 participants at the 106th Dipsea Race, a brutal and beautiful trail run from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in northern California.
The 7.4-mile race is demanding with steep terrain and different with a unique handicapping system that allows runners to begin the race before others based on age and gender.
Saari, 45, actually ran the fifth-fastest time but because of his 4-minute handicap his time was adjusted from 51:25 to 47:26.
Winner Brian Pilcher, 59, posted a time of 46:28 thanks to an 11-minute head start.