Keep the Olympic Spirit Going in Marin: Join the Marin Magazine Decathlon

In the spirit of moving the mountain to Muhammad, we brought the first official Marin Magazine Decathlon.

Marin folks grabbed their masks, competitive spirit and tagged us @marinmagazine using #2020MarinOlympics as they hiked the Dipsea trail, walked the length of Stinson Beach, and took part in a number of other challenges we cooked up — all while helping the community.

Anyone who completed five of these items by the end of July earned $100 for PlayMarin. PlayMarin is a Marin City non profit focused on making Marin a more inclusive place through play. The $100 donations were made by Noyes Family Foundation on behalf of Make it Better Media Group with a maximum of $5,000. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us reach our $5,000 goal! Go Marin!

Suggested Activities:

  1. Climb to the summit of Mt. Tamalpais and snap a photo of the green 2,571 elevation sign.
  2. Walk the entire length of Stinson Beach. To prove you made the entire length, take a pic at each end.
  3. Hike the Dipsea trail and take a photo of each mile marker, selfies preferred.
  4. Hike to the top Hill 88 and snap a selfie next to your favorite mural.
  5. Mountain bike China Camp Park, take a selfie at the remnant of the historical fishing village, home to 500 former Chinese laborers in the 1880s.
  6. Hike to waterfall at end of Fairway Drive in Novato.
  7. Walk the entire length of Limatour Beach…take a dramatic selfie in front of the sand dunes.
  8. Climb to the top of Mt. Burdell and take a photo next to a stone wall, built by Chinese laborers Galen Burdell employed in the 1870s.
  9. Stroll to the top of Bald Hill, if you are bald or can get in a photo with someone bald, you get two extra points.
  10. Snap a photo doing any three of these official Olympic Summer Sports:

Water Sports:

  • Artistic Swimming Athletics
  • Canoe – Slalom
  • Canoe – Sprint
  • Diving
  • Marathon Swimming
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Water Polo

Land Solo+ Sports:

  • Archery
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
    • BMC Freestyle
    • BMX Racing
    • Mountain Bike
    • Road
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Shooting
  • Skateboarding
  • Sport Climbing
  • Taekwondo
  • Trampoline Gymnastics
  • Triathlon
  • Weightlifting

Land Multi-Person Sports:

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Who Was on Team 2020?

  • Claudia Cowan
  • Ben Baker
  • Bronson family (2)
  • Rossini family (2)
  • Yu family (4)
  • Kathy Winkler
  • Heidi Carman
  • Mimi Towle
  • Esslinger family (5)
  • Christina Mueller
  • Walsh family (3)
  • Joan Steidinger
  • Charlene Bayles
  • Kristen Addicks
  • Kristen Kotik (2)
  • Kristen Jones Neff
  • Lesley Cesare
  • Mich Lowe
  • Stephanie Martin
  • Natalie Towle
  • Kathy Denison
  • Diane McKone
  • Robinson family (3)
  • Melissa Thurner
  • Naya Calmels
  • Liz Fein
  • Teya Neff
  • Tess Dennison
  • Cora Swanson
  • Victoria Cressman
  • Sam Neff
  • Will Hoppin
  • Roxie Baker
  • John Baker
  • Luis Molina
  • Holly Harris

Total Raised for Play Marin: $5,000!

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Mimi Towle Author BioMimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade and is currently the national editorial director of Make it Better Media. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center and then The EACH Foundation. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine. If you want more, she’s created a website,