Quicksilver Running Club
Running with mountain lions since 1983
Please read the “100K Course Description” to gather more information about the course and aid stations.
We had so much positive feedback about the first 4 miles of the new 100K start that we decided to move the 50K course on the 100K course. So now they both start from the Hacienda entrance to the Almaden Quicksilver Park. However, while the 100K runners enjoyed an in the dark, glow stick lit historical course, you will see it in the daylight. What both 100K and 50K participants will experience is unique look and tour of the old mines, quarries, camps, schools, churches and even a cemetery, all while enjoying the experience of your fellow runners.
The 50K also got a little harder with more vertical and technical trails. The elevation gain is somewhere between 5,250 and 6,250 feet. We will let the map experts and GPS data junkies have it out sooner or later. Working on this. You will also get to enjoy the new Buena Vista Shaft Rock Scramble, which brought many smiles to our 100K runners last year. You will run through peaceful oak forests, wide-open meadows, and along ridges with spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains. You will also view some of the historical mining areas that made Quicksilver one of the most successful mines in North America.
For the first time, 50Ker’s will be teased with the passing of the Post Race BBQ Area as we have done with the 50M and 100K for years. However, it won’t be quite the party at only a ½ marathon into the race.
Although the course is very challenging, the friendly aid stations and beautiful scenery make Quicksilver an excellent choice for a first 50K trail race. And, perhaps the greatest reward of all will be the outstanding post-race barbecue awaiting your arrival. Hangout with your friends and family under our legendary massive oak tree while keep your bellies full and happy.
Quicksilver Running Club of San Jose is a 501(c) (4) nonprofit tax exempt organization