2022 Race Recap
Hello 2022 QSER runners! This year’s race is in the books, and we want to thank each one of you for coming out to share the day with us! The weather was perfect. Not at Quicksilver, mind you, but somewhere it was perfect! Quicksilver was hot! Seems fitting for the blazing fast times that our winners had, so let’s recap.
In the women’s 50k, Emily Spognardi built a comfortable lead, while Lindsey Klassen and Lauren Finkenauer battled it out for second position, with less than 5 minutes separating the two.
Emily Spognardi, 30, Sausalito, 5:25:53
Lindsey Klassen, 36, Redwood City, 5:34:18
Lauren Finkenauer, 32, San Jose, 5:38:42
In the men’s 50k, local speedster and 2021 QSER winner, Brett Hall, blasted off the starting line with Chris Meyers and Chris’s coach, David Roche (yes, that David Roche!) hot on his heels. By the time the race was over, Chris and David had steadily built a lead that they held to the finish. Brett dug deep to hang on to the final podium spot.
Chris Meyers, 25, Los Angeles, 3:42:31
David Roche, 33, Boulder, 3:42:39
Brett Hall, Santa Clara, 4:01:33
The women’s 100k played out much like the 50k did. Jackie Foroughi held a comfortable lead (knocking 3 hours off her time from 2019!), while Emily Keddie and Amber Weibel fought out a much closer race finishing in 2nd and 3rd spot respectively
Jackie Foroughi, 42, Truckee, 12:20:56
Emily Keddie, 35, Bend, 13:04:01
Amber Weibel, 44, South Lake Tahoe, 13:11:49
The men’s 100k race wasn’t as tightly contested as the other races, but that doesn’t mean that it lacked in excitement. Matthew Seidel pulled away from the rest of the leaders right from the get go, with his sights firmly set on the course record – not just the “new course” record with the Kennedy Trail climb, but the “old course” record too, back before that popular (is that the right word?) change to the course! Matthew was on track to get that record for most of the race until misfortune struck. As Matthew was hammering up the final Minehill climb, he was brought to a halt by an emergency response helicopter that had landed on the trail to help an injured mountain biker. The stop cost Matthew an estimated 6-7 minutes and the course record, but sometimes these things happen, and we wish the injured mountain biker a speedy recovery. Even with the setback, Matthew still took an incredible 25 minutes off of the “new course” record! A little further back, Alan Teo cruised to second place, and David Tran pressed on to take the final podium spot (and almost an hour and a half off of his 100k PR)!
Matthew Seidel, 25, Emeryville, 9:07:37
Alan Teo, 43, Portland, 9:52:18
David Tran, 34, San Francisco, 10:14:12
Of course, the Quicksilver Endurance Runs isn’t just about who makes it onto the podium, so we’d like to say congratulations to all of you, whether that meant grinding it out to the finish or toeing the start line even though the day might not have played out as planned. Full race results can now be found at https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=89376. If you see anything that you suspect could be an error, please let us know, and we will try to resolve it.
We still have a handful of drop bags, headlamps, and other lost-and-found items that were left behind, so please let us know if you are missing something, and we will attempt to get those back to their proper owners.
We would like to give special thanks to our race sponsors and partners -Skratch Labs, Rabbit, UltrAspire, Sports Basement Campbell, Santa Clara County Parks, and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Please help us thank these companies and organizations for supporting our race by showing them your support in return. To assist you in supporting these fantastic organizations, they have generously provided you with the following discounts:
15% off (Only valid on full price items, limit one use per customer, valid 1 week, May15th – May31st.)
Use discount code: QUICKSILVER15
11% off (Valid until May 20th)
You can download your digital coupon here, and show it to the cashier to receive your discount.
Finally, we’d like to thank all of the volunteers, and thank you for thanking the volunteers! It’s a tiring job involving lots of standing, waiting, running around, pouring drinks, and directing runners which way to go - sometimes all at the same time. So, with that enticing pitch, I’d like to invite all of you to come out and volunteer for next year’s race. If you’re already plotting how to knock some time off your finish, or even just make it to the finish, then we’d still love to see you return to our race. If, however, you’ve had your fill of running the QSER course (for now), but would still like to be involved, then we’d love to have you join us as a volunteer!
Once again, thanks for all your support! We look forward to seeing you next year at the Quicksilver Endurance Runs or in the fall at the return of the Quicksilver Trail Challenge 10k and half marathon. Happy Trails!
Stuart Taylor & Loren Lewis
Quicksilver Running Club
Quicksilver Running Club of San Jose is a 501(c) (4) nonprofit tax exempt organization