Friday, July 18, 2014
Running the Trails of Almaden Quicksilver to Get Ready for a Couple Races
So I've been hitting the trails of my favorite place for trail running, Almaden Quicksilver Park to get ready for a couple of races coming up. In a little over a week, I'll be part of the mob surging through the streets of Santa Cruz for Wharf to Wharf, a six miler over a few rolling hills that starts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and finishes at the Capitola Wharf. Then in early August is the Dammit Run in Los Gatos. The Dammit starts on the Los Gatos High School track before hitting the gravel Los Gatos Creek trail. Than the race gets even more interesting as runs up Lexington Dam diagonally before encountering the real hill of the course on the Los Gatos trail system. It's then a mostly down hill roller coaster of a trail run before a short stint on the Los Gatos streets and a finish back on the Los Gatos High School Track.
I've taken the family on a number of walks in Quicksilver through the years, but it's been six years since I've been running its trails on a regular basis. It feels good to be back.
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