Board Members for 2019
I grew up near Paris, France and work in tech. I jumped on the opportunity to be an expat in Silicon Valley for 2 years in 1996. Over a couple of decades later, after a green card and becoming US citizen, it looks like I am here to stay.
I was starting to become a couch potato so when I turned 40, my wife Christine (the athlete of the family who plays, coaches, and umpires field hockey) registered me for the San Jose Rock'n Roll 1/2 marathon, my first run over 10 miles. I liked it and decided to run one marathon in my life, Big Sur. I liked it again and a friend told him about a guy who was running crazy distances. I met Jim Magill, joined the Quicksilver running club, and realized how much fun it was to run on trails. I joined the first Quicksilver ultra team, 6 runners strong at the time. My favorite distance was the 100 miler until I found out you could run longer. After a couple of 200 milers and discovering winter racing in Alaska, I will attempt the 350 mile journey from Anchorage to McGrath on the Iditarod trail in February 2019.
I offered to help Paul Fick with the Quicksilver race organization in 2010 (a 50M/50K/25K at the time) and was Race Director from 2011 to 2013. I also served on the Board of Director for a couple of years as Director of Races.
I had been a casual runner most of my life but never more than a 10k. But a few years ago my son started running with Coach Marc and the Quicksilver kids and I started to learn about trail running and ultra marathons. With the exception of running what seemed to be impossibly long races, everyone seemed to be pretty normal so I took that as a good sign and I gave trail running a try. My first race was a half marathon in Quicksilver, then Skyline to the Sea marathon, and I finally crossed over to the dark side running my first ultra, the 2015 Quicksilver 50k. Now I have two 100 miler buckles and will try for a third one this summer.
I was born and raised in Zagrous Mountains in western Iran, which is in Kurdistan region (Kurdistan is not a country and is currently scattered in regions of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria). I was briefly introduced to running in graduate school at Sharif University back in Tehran in 1998 when we trained 12 minutes of running at the end of a stretch/core sessions. In 2001, I moved to Gothenburg, Sweden where I studied and worked for 10 years. During this period, I became a regular runner after I randomly participated in my first race, Gothenburg Half Marathon in 2005. It was a euphoric experience that gradually resulted in addiction. I did my first official marathon in 2009 (Stockholm), my first 50 mile in 2010 (Kristine Runde, Norway), and my first 100 mile in 2012 (Keys, Florida). Curious about the culture and the country, I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2011 thanks to a work opportunity. I joined QRC as soon as I moved to California end of 2016.
Although I adore all running distances, recent years I have been inclined toward ultras as an excuse to see new places and spend time with its very rich community. I have completed eleven 100 mile+ events, however, I am notorious for nausea and puking in ultras and am still working on it.
Keith has been trail running at Quicksilver since about 2001, and got sucked into the ultra-world at Quicksilver in 2007 (by Jim, the patient zero/typhoid Mary of trail running). Somewhere around 2015 he joined the board to help perpetuate the trail running disease. Most weekends Keith can be found dodging wasps, poison oak and mountain lions in the hills around San Jose; during the week, supporting his running habit as a scientist and engineer in one of our many Silicon Valley technology companies.
Director of Races
Stuart, along with his wife Ellen, has been a staple of the Quicksilver Running Club since 2013. Ironic this, because when Stuart is not out running up and down the trails of Quicksilver he can frequently be found out cycling the city streets and can’t seem to pass within 100 yards of a staple without it puncturing his tire. Stuart joined the QRC as a member of the Ultra Running Team, and over the years expanded his duties to become Board Member at Large and then Director of Races. If you’ve been to one of our regular Sunday Morning Mockingbird Runs, the Summer BBQ, or the Quicksilver Trail Challenge, then you’ll probably recognize Stuart as the club’s point man. “What’s the point man?”, you may ask. Exactly.
Jim has been running the trails of Quicksilver since the spring of 1978, finding solace in the miles of solitude and fire roads. He joined the Quicksilver Running Club in 2016 and has now embraced the role of Trail Liaison. He looks forward to spending time, and working along side other club members to maintain the 7 miles of the New Almaden Trail. Jim will be overseeing and signing off volunteer service hours.
Western States 100 Liaison
Kristina grew up the child of a Yosemite big wall climber and international mountaineer. To keep up with her father she had to run on the trails as a child. She loved it so much that she continued it for fitness through college.
Kristina first heard about the Western States 100 mile run in the late 1970s because her high school teacher ran it. She announced she would run that race someday because it sounded great that you didn’t have to carry a pack and wear boots.
Going to school to become a chiropractor delayed her running dreams. After she graduated she met up with runners from the Quicksilver Running Club that had done ultra distances. She ran her first ultra marathon in 1989 and her first 100 mile run in 1992, which was Western States. It’s nothing short of a miracle that 29 years later she can still run without any major degenerative injuries. Definitely not the runner she used to be but still enjoys the trails and longer distances.
As a way to give back to ultra running community she became the aid station coordinator for the Quicksilver races. And to give back to the Western States 100 Run she became the captain of the Duncan Canyon aid station.
Ultra Running Team Captain
I have a graduate degree in politics, which makes me uniquely qualified to formulate rules that are easy to follow but seldom apply to myself. I work in high tech so I can afford to live here. In my first year of ultra racing, I ran the Toshi Double -- proof that will wander around outdoors for several hours with minimal prompting. I have three cats and like to go on vacation.
Member at Large
Laura is one of the youth coaches for Quicksilver. She was convinced by Marc Klemencic to become an assistant coach after coming out several times and running with her kids during the youth club practices. As a result she fell in love with trail running. Laura is not an ultra distance runner but you will find her in some local races running anything 1/2 marathon and under. Otherwise you will usually find her sweeping the youth team on a Saturday morning, cheering on one of her own kids at a race, or helping out with the 100K/50K barbecue.
Member at Large
I’ve been a member of Quicksilver Running Club since 2013 and have completed more than a dozen ultramarathons since. I’ve been a runner on and off most of my life, but got more seriously into trail running after the birth of my first son in 2005 when a pregnancy complication caused his premature delivery and threatened my life. I love sharing my joy of the trails with others and supporting women venturing into trail running. I work as an internet marketing consultant for high-tech. I spent several years in Japan, and am passionate about cooking Japanese food and bringing it on trail runs! When not running, I can be found spending time with my two sons, or crewing my partner at an ultramarathon.
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