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2021 Race Recap

Whether it was a win, PR, Finish, or just for training through the pandemic and showing up for yourself. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU THE RUNNERS. YOU DID IT!! With runners ranging from 23 years old to 75 years old (congrats to our very own Jim Magill for finishing the 50K!), you again showed us that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

After three reschedules, the rain seemed a little threatening for a while, but all it did was give us a nice, quick rinse before the run. Race day conditions were perfect: temps were cool and the track was super fast, which helped more runners finish than usual (finish rates were 96% for the 50K and 84% for the 100K). No course records fell.

Technically, this was the first running of these courses with the Start/Finish both at Hacienda. The change from the Mockingbird Finish is much less substantial than the course overhaul that came with the extension from 50M to 100K. But it is still a change. For reference, the "modern" course records are:

50K: 3:32 (Drew Holmen, 2019) and 4:11 (Yiou Wang, 2017)

100K: 9:05 (Chikara Omine, 2015) and 10:18 (Meghan Canfield, 2015)

We had 324 runners start, split pretty evenly across both distances. 158 finished the 50K, with the first of them being local vert junkie Brett Hall in 3:54 with his weekly running buddy Mike Helms not far behind in 4:07. Jose Cruz hit the podium for South County in 4:11.

Stanford med student Courtney Smith took the women's race with a decisive 4:28 ahead of Olympic Marathon 2024 hopeful Vanessa Dueck in 4:57. Emily Motz was third in that elite company at 5:18.


The 100K had 133 finishers, with the first woman being Quicksilver Running Club's own local legend Sylvie Abel making us proud in 11:22. The race for second was super competitive with Kaitlyn Spees (12:10) edging ultrarunning superstar Luanne Park (12:23).


Ryan Ung won his debut at the 100K distance in 10:07 with another very tight race for second not far behind him. Coastal runner Sean Handel (10:30) took advantage of the familiar conditions on race day finishing ahead of Alan Talhelm (10:40).


Results are on UltraSignup.

We had no major hiccups. No helicopters. No checkpoints out of water. No major injuries. It was a great day, but not by accident with 100 volunteers supporting the race.

Some special thanks to Kristina Irvin who is the captain of aid stations and organizes the supplies and staff for all of the aid stations. It is an incredible amount of organizing and work, and she has locked it down for us for many years. Past-RD Stuart Taylor does way more than his share of the work and offers invaluable historical knowledge on everything from course route to where the supplies are hidden. Chris Gladding and Keith Lubliner are consistent club contributors who made themselves available and worked hard around the clock for about three full days around race day.

We put a lot of trust in our aid station captains who must be willing to take a lot of blame. They take a truckload of supplies and just handle it. They are some of the absolute best in the business:

Mockingbird: Ramiro Garcia

Bull Run: Mandie Holmes and the Stevens Creek Striders

McAbee: Dan Aspromonte

Hicks: Clare Abram

Woods: Jill Cole

Lexington: Miriam and Marco Cater

Kennedy: Jacob Massler

Hacienda: Paul King

Too many names to mention, but honorable mention must go out to the parking and sweeps teams. These are the earliest and latest assignments, and we appreciate that! It was also noted that the parking team was exceptionally efficient, while being crucial in us being able to avoid an overflow parking situation with long walks to/from the Start/Finish. Bob Callahan and William Dai were outstanding on parking crew and stayed all day in various roles. Way to pack them in! Lastly but sure not leastly, Stan, Nigel, and Margaret at the Finish area were super volunteers.  Stan is a Finish line regular for us but that does not mean we take his hard work for granted. His face at our Finish is an honor, plus he works really, really hard. And on that note, Nigel and Margaret were amazing -- bringing lights and supplies of their own and working before dawn well through dusk.

A million thanks is not enough, so please come back next year.

We would like to give special thanks to our race sponsors and partners: Sports Basement Campbell, Los Jarochos Grill, Ultraspire, Santa Clara County Parks, and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

We will be back on schedule May 14th, 2022 ready to prepare you for your Summer hundos.  Registration will open at the usual time around the first half of November.

Happy Trails!

Loren/Pierre (Co-RDs) and the QSER Race Committee

PS from Pierre: “This was my last and 6th time directing this race (starting in 2010 with a break between 2014 and 2018) as I am moving to New York early next year. It’s been an honor to give back to this community. I learned a lot and I am so grateful for the members of the race committee, all the Quicksilver club members and volunteers who make this race so special every year. It is a lot or work but seeing the smiles on your faces at the finish is so rewarding. The race is in good hands with Stuart Taylor coming back to be co-RD with Loren, and a strong team. I hope to come back... to run the race this time!



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