The Dipsea Race Foundation held its annual pre-race dinner to celebrate the race's storied history and honor a standout group of teens with college scholarships. The inimitable 7.4-mile footrace between Mill Valley and Stinson Beach begins Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
The foundation dinner at the Outdoor Art Club in downtown Mill Valley Friday night drew out the usual slate of Dipsea legends, including Eve Pell, Russ Kiernan, Melody-Anne Schultz, Merv Regan, Joe King and Darryl Beardall, among others.
Charlie Richesin, 83, became the 26th inductee into the race's Hall of Fame. Richesin won the Dipsea 66 years ago as a junior at San Rafael High.
The race foundation awards a number of $5,000 scholarships to students graduating from high school who have participated in or volunteer for the Dipsea Race and are attending college this fall. The foundation expanded that scope this year in an effort to follow the progress of past recipients and awarded 2011 Tam High grad Hannah Berman, a freshman at UC Berkeley, for the second year in a row.
A pair of Tam seniors, Nicole Amyx and Samantha Emory, were also awarded scholarships, as was Marin Academy's Olivia Lloyd and Jack Fausone of Casa Grande High in Petaluma.