PREVIEW Sombreros On the Line at Dublin Distance Fiesta

The Dublin Distance Fiesta (DDF) is back, bigger than ever. In total, over two days, diehard fans will witness a record setting number of distance heats.

This season, the DDF will once again be held on the third Friday/Saturday of March and this will be the largest one date. For comparison check out this year's numbers compared with last year.


The previous highs were from 2019 with 118 teams and 2633 competitors. According to meet director and Dublin coach Chris Williams, the DDF will once again be the largest distance-only meet in the United States based on the total number of entries. 

OK, now a bit of history regarding this meet for those of you attending the soon-to-be-world-famous Dublin Distance Fiesta (RIP Peter Brewer). The meet has been held at Dublin HS since 2009 with the lone exception being the 2020 season when it was not held. Before 2009, the meet was held at Skyline HS (one year), Cal Berkeley (one year), and then multiple years at the original location, Piedmont HS. 

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A new addition to this year's meet is the 4 x 800-meter races which will take place on Friday. The winners from both races will establish meet records. The co-favorites to win the girls race will be Sac-Joaquin Section teams, Rio American and Davis. For the boys, the clear favorite will be Menlo (CC). The foursome competing at this meet recorded a 4x800 time of 7:56.14 at the CA Winter Championships.

Aside from super fast competitive fields, the Dublin Distance Fiesta is known for its incredible efficiency. You can check this out in action thanks to Jesuit coach, Walt Lange in the following video.

Let's take a closer look at the "Sombrero" races