The Wall of Dalewood (NPSF)

When a Friday hill session involves 1100ft of climbing in the 30 minute session, you know it was a fun one. What started with a Facebook message from Greg two years ago, a text thread with Gil, and Dana perpetually annoyed at me for organising her local Mt. Davidson runs the few Fridays she happens to be out of town being a boss at her Cancer Biology PhD/medical school (#theTribeIsKnowledgableAF). Well guys, today you got your Dalewood Way Friday Hills…. and oh holy shit, was it a doozy!?!? Today, the Tribe took on…

THE WALL OF DALEWOOD!!!

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Standing 239ft tall over only 0.4 of a mile and a max grade of 26%, this one is definitely a keeper. As you can see from the Strava titles, the Tribe enjoyed this one. And remember, let’s get this trending: #BlameDana and #BlameGil. Don’t blame Greg as he told us some interesting stuff about the local area. See the paragraphs below for our new Friday hills local knowledge initiative.

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As we explore these new parts of the city on our Friday Hill circuit, we took inspiration from a cool thing that Jackie Knoll (coleader of NP Phoenix) does by telling everyone something new about our city (specifically this Friday hill location) every week. Aaannd as we love delegating and trying to dodge many of our responsibilities, the coleaders decided to get someone from the Tribe to research and tell the group something interesting about this area after the workout. First up was the guy who initially messaged us 2 years ago (October 2014 to be exact) and told us about the amazing running resource we have at Mount Davidson, Greg Беркович (Berkovich).

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Some of you may have seen the huge white cross set stop Mt Davidson (highest geographical point in the city #knowledgebomb). The Mt. Davidson Cross is one of the world’s tallest crosses, at 103-feet high, and among the city’s most cherished landmarks. You may also have seen this cross when Clint Westwood is being a fucking boss in Dirty Harry #MFB. Well, that cross is actually in San Francisco, technically… I think… maybe I interpreted my reference incorrectly. Well anyway.

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In 1923, the cross was erected by local Christian communities that invested decades in trying to construct a lasting icon of their faith. After being burned by several arson attempts in the following years, Margaret May Morgan, the first woman to sit on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, solicited $1+ contributions to build a concrete Cross. In 1991, several organizations sued the City of San Francisco for owning a cross on city (public) land, and several court battles ensued. Eventually the courts forced the City to either tear down the Cross or sell it to a private entity. In 1997, the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California (CAAONC) outbid other groups, and purchased the Cross from the City of San Francisco and assumed the responsibility for maintaining it. Today, the Cross is a memorial to the 1.5 million Armenian victims of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by Ottoman Turkey between 1915 and 1923. The cross honors not only those who perished in the Armenian Genocide, but all victims of injustice, cruelty, and genocide. It also serves as a reminder to remain vigilant against future atrocities. The cross can be seen from all around the city when it is lit up, on Easter and on April 24th, Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.

Up next week is REBECCA ANNE DANIELS, who will tell us about a hill the co-leaders haven’t decided on yet.

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