Quicksilver Running Club
Running with mountain lions since 1983
Board Members for 2016
Conceived in a Maserati south of the border. Born in a donut shop at gun point. Grew strong from the nipple of a tap handle and raised less than two miles from Almaden Quicksilver County Park, is your fearless leader.
Becoming "El Presidente" of Quicksilver Running Club was always a childhood dream of Greg's. He knew that attending nearby Castilllero Middle School and Bellarmine College Prep would provide him with all the knowledge of mining, snake wrangling, party planning, and trail mastery he needed as foundation to be the next great leader of Quicksilver.
Greg has a degree in Business Information Systems from the University of San Francisco. After a fun ride as a sales executive in the telecom and dot-com industries, Lanctot decided to move on and go into the business of kids.
“Coach Greg” as he is known in the community, has worked with over 1,000 youth in one-on-one, small group, team sports, and large camp settings. He has additionally been the Varsity Head Boys Golf Coach at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco and the Varsity Boys Baseball Pitching Coach at Westmont High School in Campbell.
He Co-founded the San Francisco “Bay View – Hunter’s Point Jr. Giants Program” (boys and girls 5- 18 years old) and later recognized for his efforts as the nominating “Mentor of the Year” by the San Francisco Giants Community Fund in 2004.
From 2002 - 2007, Coach Greg was actively involved with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s “March Gladness” and “SF Family &Youth Connect” programs.
In 2007, Lanctot Co-founded FUZE Fit For a Kid! in Los Gatos. This was the first medically supervised multidisciplinary approach to youth development and management of lifestyles. Combined with Dr. Kris von Almen's Trim Kids Program and a state-of-the-art interactive exergaming facility, a vision became reality.
Today, he spends most time with overweight, autistic, and other social disorder clients. Greg also coaches and mentors many different children & teenagers, obese to athletic, as well as their respective families of all backgrounds, and personal needs throughout Santa Clara County and the bay area.
Paul rekindled his love of trail running after joining QRC in 2013. He ran cross country for his high school team, a few marathons in his college days, and dabbled in 10Ks and triathlons in his “later years”. His first experience with an ultra race was photographing the 2014 Quicksilver 100K and was struck by the spirit, camaraderie, and passion of the athletes and instantly knew he wanted to drink what they were drinking. (Only later did he find out that they were drinking beer and drinking heavily.) A year later, he finished in the top 4 of his age group in races ranging from 10K to 50K. In 2016, he attempted his first road marathon in 17 years and qualified for Boston in 2017. He has his sights on completing a 50 miler this summer.
When he’s not lost on the trails or watching his son play in a cold ice hockey rink, Paul helps guide people to enjoy their retirement years through savvy financial planning, healthy lifestyle choices, and prudent investment management as President of King Wealth Planning. He also serves his community through Rotary Club of San Jose and Men’s Division International.
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!
Cecelia has been running for 20 years. She ran cross country and track in high school and college. Thereafter, she has been running local races. Her first marathon was in 2005 and first ultra-marathon in 2010. She had an unsuccessful first 100 mile attempt last year, but may try again in a few years. It's a bucket list item she'd like to check off! Currently, Cecelia enjoys running fun 10k's and taking her dog, Dharma on Sunday hikes.
Co-Captain Ultra Running Team
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
WSER, Duncan Canyon Aid Station Captain
Director of Races, RD Quicksilver 50K/100K
John has more than 40 years of endurance racing experience, including Nordic Ski, swimming, biking, triathlon and ultra-triathlon, trail and ultra-running. His fast days are long behind him but he’s still out there. John is an executive of the USA TODAY Network. He is also the RD for Pacific Coast Trail Runs, in addition to QS100. He spends his remaining time volunteering and supporting other ultra events and race directors.
Quicksilver Running Club of San Jose is a 501(c) (4) nonprofit tax exempt organization