Join us for the 2013 Quicksilver Challenge race!
Hosted by the Quicksilver Running Club for many years, the Quicksilver Challenge offers some shorter, yet challenging race distances in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The Quicksilver Challenge includes three races: a 10K, a Half Marathon, and a one mile Kids Race run on single track trails and fire roads. You will see parts of the park and the quicksilver mines while running through peaceful oak forests, wide-open meadows, and along ridges with spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Although the course is challenging, the friendly aid stations and beautiful scenery make the Quiksilver Challenge an excellent choice for both novice and experienced trail runners.
Be sure to check out this challenging race, in addition to reading all the information below. Take a look at to get a feel for typical times to finish the race.
Volunteers are always needed on race day to help out at the aid stations and at the start/finish area. There are a variety of jobs and hours are flexible. Volunteering is a lot of fun and greatly appreciated by the runners. If you or someone you know is interested, just email me.Please contact me if you have any questions
Have a good training, be safe, and see you on race day!
Wanda Kownacki, RD Quicksilver Challenge
RACE DAY REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT 7:00am.
- 10K: $40
- Half Marathon: $55
- Kids Race: Free, and kids can sign up the morning of the race.
Where does your money go?
Check-in and Start Time Information
Numbers and goodie bags may be picked up from 6:45 to 7:45am, on Saturday October 19th 2013 at the located at the Mockingbird Parking Lot.
How to I get there?
The parking lot at Mockingbird can fill early on race day. THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE STREET ADJACENT TO THE MOCKINGBIRD PARKING LOT. Once the lot is full, cars will be directed to park on residential streets about 1/4 mile from the start area. It is about a 5-minute walk to the starting area from the residential parking area, so allow plenty of time in case you don’t get into the lot.
Races start at 8:00am for the 10K and Half Marathon, and 9:00am for the Kids Race.
Kids do not need to register in advance.
Race Day Check-in and Packet Pick-up:
All Runners MUST check-in on race day
Race day check-in and bib pick-up will be between 6:45 and 7:45am.
Course and Aid Stations
- Start/Finish: Mockingbird entrance of the Almaden Quicksilver County Park
- You can use the following map and turn sheet for each race distance. The approximate elevation gain for the 1oK is 1217ft and for the Half Marathon is 2620ft. Here are the course profiles Don't worry it is a net gain of zero as it starts and finishes in the same place! - Fun!
-- There are 2 aid stations for the 10K course and 3 on the Half Marathon course. Aid stations will have water, electrolyte drinks, fruit, cookies, pretzels, chips, and candies.
YOU SHOULD CARRY AT LEAST ONE WATER BOTTLE — the weather is often hot and it can be a long time between aid stations if you are moving slowly and out of water.
All finishers in the Half Marathon and the 10K will receive finishers’ medals. Age group awards will be given to first and second female and male finishers in 29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-70, 70+ There will be medals for all kids’ race participants.
Race numbers must be worn on the front so they are visible to checkpoint personnel.
Race numbers cannot be transferred to another runner.
No pacers are allowed.
The following aid station cut offs will be applied for the 10K and the Half Marathon. Prospect #3 (2nd pass through) 10:25 am Randol/Isabel 11:00 am English Camp 12:00 pm Finish line 12:30 pm
No ties will be allowed for awards.
There will be no drop bags, given the race distances.
If you DROP GO TO THE SCORING TABLE AT THE FINISH LINE to let us know you have dropped. It is your responsibility to let us know at the finish line that you have dropped. If we call search and rescue because we don’t know where you are, you will likely get a very large bill from the County for the search.
Weather and Hazards
Normal starting temperatures are 45-60 degrees; afternoon temperatures can be anywhere from the 60s to the 90s. While the temps are normally moderate, it can feel very warm when it gets into the mid-70s. Rain is possible though not likely. Although we work very hard to keep the trail itself free of poison oak and tall grass, there is poison oak along the course. Be alert for rattlesnakes and ticks.
The Quicksilver Running Club strives to be one of the “best runs for your buck.” We are a 100% volunteer, non profit organization. Over the years the Quicksilver Running Club has contributed over $100,000 to various charities. The 2013 Quicksilver Challenge will benefit AchieveKids Schools, located in East Palo Alto and San Jose