Quicksilver Trail Challenge
Virtual Quicksilver Trail Challenge
1/2 Marathon and 10K
September 12 - October 11, 2020
(Previously delayed due to wild fires and bad air quality.)
Hello runners, the Quicksilver Running Club is happy to announce the return of the Quicksilver Trail Challenge half marathon and 10k. We missed seeing you in 2019, and were looking forward to seeing you this year, but then 2020 happened! Of course, when one door closes, another door opens, so we are pleased to introduce the first ever Virtual Quicksilver Trail Challenge (vQTC). Lots of races have gone “virtual” this year, so we thought we’d try to do things a little bit differently. We don’t call this the Trail Challenge for nothing! Read on for all the details.
The vQTC will take place from Saturday, September 12th to Sunday, October 11, 2020 and will be based upon designated Strava Segments for each course. A Strava account (either free or premium) and a GPS device will be required for participation. Additionally, and arguably most importantly, the race will be FREE!
** Just in case the pent up demand exceeds our ability to manage the race, we will be limiting the number of entries to the first 100 people to register. **
There will be two races - a half marathon and a 10k, each utilizing a single loop course. However, runners will have a choice of two locations to start and finish each loop. One Start/Finish will be at the Mockingbird parking lot (the traditional QTC Start/Finish), and the other will be at the Hacienda parking lot. Having two different Start/Finish areas will introduce a new element of strategy, as runners try to determine which, if any, course better suits their strengths. Prefer your big hills at the start? Maybe at the end? Well, you can have your cake and eat it too! And it’s a big piece of cake. Check out those course elevation charts on the Course Info page! There will be two official half marathon Strava segments and two official 10k Strava segments. The two segments for each distance race will utilize the same loop and will be racing each other, but runners will have two choices of where to Start and Finish.
Unfortunately, since this is a free race, we won't be giving out any swag or goody bags. So, instead of just giving prizes to the fastest runners, we will give prizes based on a raffle system, with “tickets” being awarded for various things including:
The prize list and bonus ticket breakdown can be found here. The prize list will be dynamically changing as the end of the race nears. If you’ve got an industry connection and would like to donate a prize, please send us a message. We’ll be ever grateful and will post special thanks on our race supporter page.
Here’s the process to enter and compete:
Cautions, Warnings, and other C.Y.A.s
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