This page will be the FAQ / Race Information holding ground for all details regarding the 50k / 100k Race
When creating the new course, we took into consideration course beauty, historic features, elevation gain, sunrise/sunset timing, crew accessibility, aid station optimization, and the overall interaction of the ultra runners during the event. The new 100K, boasts 12,000 feet of elevation gain and was created from our 2,000+ individual experiences at other ultra marathon events we have experienced over the years.
As with the previous 30 years during the production of our Quicksilver 50 mile endurance run, we used neighboring parks and open space to allow for a unique yet challenging event experience. We have decided to continue to use the neighboring Sierra Azul Open Space that guides you higher and deeper into the Santa Cruz Mountains and into Los Gatos.
You are required to have a light source at start. Civil twilight is at 5:34am and sunrise at 6:04am. The race will start is being moved to the Hacienda entrance of Almaden Quicksilver County Park in historic New Almaden. Runners will immediately begin a gentle climb in the dark through English Camp, past San Cristobol Mine, through a rock quarry, and around Hidalgo Cemetery… all while dark. You then head west towards Sierra Azul Open Space and your first Aid Station at Hicks Road - mile 6.5. Crew will be able to cheer you on hear. You will then climb up towards Mt Umunhum to nearby Bald Mountain upon which you will hopefully be able to enjoy the sunrise with Aid Station Captain Jeff Clowers.
You will then continue towards neighboring Los Gatos and the Lexington Reservoir and home to National Champion Los Gatos Rowing Club. You may wish to jump in a boat or your crews car because from here you will experience the toughest section of the course (Look for a surprise along the way), enduring an exposed lengthy climb up the famed Priest Rock Trail (AKA Dogmeat) and over the unforgiving “Kennedy Rollers” to El Sombroso. However, before heading down the mountain back into the mines of Quicksilver Park, you will get to party with Kennedy Aid Station Captain Loren Lewis. It’s his birthday this day, so you may wish to stop and enjoy a cold one before your rocky descent. When you arrive back to Hicks Road Aid Station, you will be glad to see ultra running veterans and aid station Captains Clare Abram and Scott Laberge. Let your historic tour of Quicksilver begin.
The Quicksilver mines were highly important during the Gold Rush of California and referred to as the most successful mines in North America. The miners sought mercury which was used to extract gold from ore. There remains of numerous structures from the 130 years of mining operations that housed over 1,800 people during this span. Shall you decide to continue you on, you will be given a homemade tour of the rich history of our club’s host park. Be alert for deer, rattlesnakes, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, and Tericha Torosa… aka the California Newt.
The rest of the course will provide many turns and challenges. But, please be rest assured, this course will be marked incredibly well. We will tease you by bringing you around to the Mockingbird aid station at mile 42.5 where you will be tempted to drop because of the smell of the best post-race celebration of food and drink in ultra running. Cruel? Well yes ;-). After the temptation, you will get on the most beautiful trail in the park, The New Almaden Trail and other single tracks that will prove to be very challenging on your tiring legs. The good news is that you will be running in the hottest part of the day under the canopy of trees. We will send you to our good friends and ultra running veterans, The Stevens Creek Striders, who have been managing aid stations at our races and Western States 100 mile endurance run for over 25 years. You are in good hands and running feet.
These have been updated and are located by following this link;
50k Turn by Turn - In Progress
Work in progress; our Current course is has been mapped out with a Strava Route, we are working on a color coded map with aid stations and more information that should be out soon.