Quicksilver Running Club
Running with mountain lions since 1983
Board Members for 2018
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 400 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 then) 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.
Born and raised for several years in eastern Nebraska, Marc’s interest in distance running began on a whim after living in South San Jose for many years. With minimal training, he and a work friend decided to try running the 1986 San Francisco Marathon. Thinking that it shouldn’t be so painful, they both decided to train better and try it again at the 1987 Napa Marathon. While his running buddy decided to retire from marathons, Marc was hooked and ran 22 more marathons over the next 25 years while raising a family in Almaden Valley. Having grown up and living near Quicksilver Park, he enjoyed training on the trails and was inspired to join the Quicksilver Running Club after retirement.
His welcome letter from the Club’s Team Captain implied that he was required to join PAUSATF and run 3 Ultra’s for the team to be a member of the club. That requirement along with volunteering at an aid station during a Quicksilver 50 Mile race, was the motivation he needed. After getting permission from his wife and doctor, he ran the Jed Smith 50K as his first official ultra. Enjoying the experience of trail-running and Ultra’s, he ended up completing 11 trail endurance runs including his first 100 miler that first year.
Desiring to share his passion for running (especially on trails) with local youths, he began the Quicksilver Youth Running Team, coached Bret Harte Middle School and is now the Leland High School Track & Field and Cross-Country head coach. So, if you see a group of young athletes running the trails at Quicksilver Park or other local parks, there’s a good chance that he may be running with them.
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.
Paul claims that he only does two things with QRC: maintain the 6-7 miles of the New Almaden Trail (NAT) and oversee the 100K/50K Barbeque for the last 18 years. Those two activities take over 175 hours a year. Funny enough, when he first joined the club in the Spring of ’98, he told the RD at the time that he couldn’t take the time to come to the bi-weekly meetings for two months. He asked if there was something he could do that he could do independently and he was given the BBQ. It started with him cooking burgers and his daughter in Jr. high serving dessert. Well, from those humble beginnings came the best d*mn post-race BBQ, period. Items such as rib-eye steaks, prime rib, Beef Wellington, and lobster have all been on the menu. The mainstay is the smoked ribs, which alone take over 7 hours. Of course, this is all made possible by the wonderful volunteers. Some people sign up ahead of time while others pitch in at a moment’s notice.
As the Trail Liaison, Paul oversees the trail work and signs off on the Volunteer Service agreements. Every April he works with the County and the trail gets the once-over with the brush-cutters to knock down the poison oak and the grass. The picture of Paul is taken at the “Tunnel of Love” years ago before he wrapped himself in full protection gear. He’s tired of getting PO on himself, which he has right now. J/KPaul has also been on the Board as VP. With all this involvement, he was startled when he received a note from a newer member: “I didn’t know you ran”. Well, he does, but not like he used to. He did a top ten finish in Q50 and finished Western in ’97. He’s been WS Safety Patrol almost every year since. He may not be the fastest guy out there, but he’s large enough to haul you out on his back, and boy does he have stories to tell!
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
Ellen started running in high school as a sprinter on the track and field team. Back then her favorite distance to run was the 100m (that is meters and not miles!), and that still remains true today. If you ever find yourself in front of her during a race, and she sees you within striking distance of the finish line, you better watch out, as she will dust off those sprinter’s legs to try to pass you, no matter how far she has raced that day. After high school, running the 100m and 200m distances seemed too short, so she started to transition to longer distances and signed up for her very first road race, the Bay to Breakers! Initially, she was more concerned about the long 12K distance because she only trained for a 10K, not realizing how big of a party this race actually was. After running several half marathons, Ellen decided that it was finally time to sign up for a full marathon. Once again, she chose a very popular race, the S.F. Nike Women’s Marathon. This was the only road marathon Ellen attempted and completed before making the wise transition to trail running.
You might be wondering what is this role of “member at large?” Well, thank you for asking. The member at large is intended to be the voice of the members. If there are issues which members of the running club want to address to the board, they can bring those issues to Ellen, so she can bring them up to the board. She is also in charge of social events and membership within the club.
Member at Large
Quicksilver Running Club of San Jose is a 501(c) (4) nonprofit tax exempt organization