We began running
our annual handicap race in 1971.† It was
originally called the Cunningham handicap race because it started and finished
at Frank Cunninghamís house, which was located just off
We ran the same course from 1971 through 1978, when Frank sold his home and moved to Stockton. Four club members ran the race every year during this period Ė Ken Napier, Walt Van Zant, Carl Martin, and Craig Windham.Dick Barrett, whose name is on our weekly trophy, ran the race six out of eight times.† Don Cantrell was the winner of the first race and Ken Napier was the scratch-time winner the first four years and five of the first six years. He held the course record at 41:06.
Kenís streak of running in every handicap race ended in 1979. Craig Windhamís streak ended in 1980. Carl Martinís streak ended in 1981. And, Walt Van Zantís streak ended in 1984.
We moved to Los Gatos for our 1979 race, starting and finishing at the Blossom Hill Park. The distance of the race was 7.0 miles. We also changed the name of the race to the Shettler Handicap Race in honor of club member Jim Shettler, who died of a heart attack in 1976 at the age of 42. He was the top Northern California master runner at age 40 and 41 and was leading in 1976 prior to his death.
handicap race was run at
moved the race to the Carol Stroud residence in
next change was to the Russ and Terri Kinsch
residence in 1988.† Their home was
1996 race started and finished in front of the Dave and Vicki Garcia home in
No handicap race was held in 1997.
All races from
1998 through the present have started and finished in front of the Rich and
Judy Collins home in