The past Sunday, the 98th annual Dipsea race took place once again on the 2nd Sunday of June. This legendary race attracts some of the best runners in the Marin area as they attempt to either win the race, claim one of 35 black shirts or just simply survive the rugged 7.5 mile course. Novato HS sophomore Erik Olson (pictured to the left courtesy of the Novato Advance) did more than survive as he finished in 14th place and claimed the top spot by a high school runner. Olson has quickly established himself as one of the up and coming runners in the NCS this past year as he finished 5th in the NCS Division III cross country race to qualify to the state meet as an individual. He also finished 6th at the NCS MOC in the uber-competitive 3200m. recording a lifetime best time of 9:25.62.
1) How did you get interested in participating in the Dipsea race?
2) What did you do in preparation to run on the Dipsea course? Have you run on the trails before?
3) What was the most difficult part of the race? Favorite part of the race such as a part of the course, fellow runners, the crowd, a tradition etc?
The most difficult for me would have to be going up Cardiac Hill. It is not that the hill itself is hard, it is just that you feel every other hill prior to Cardiac when your running up the hill. My favorite part would have to be the top of Cardiac because there were people there cheering for you and the rest of the race was relatively downhill. I would also like to thank all the race supporters and the crowd because they truly made this experience wonderful.
4) Can you describe the course for any runners that have never done it before?
5) Before the race, were you aware of all the history that goes along with this event?
6) How many runners do you think you passed throughout the race?
7) Looking back at your track and field season, what do you consider your best race? Proudest achievement? Best track and field meet?
8) How did you get your start in distance running? Who were the runners that you looked up to as you were getting started as well as now?
9) Who is going to be your toughest competition in the MCAL and NCS next year?
10) If you had to choose your favorite race on the track , what would that distance be and why?
11) What are your plans for the summer in preparation for your junior season in cross country?
12) What have been the most important workouts for you that have been a big part of your success in both xc and track?
Thank you very much for your time Erik!