The 3rd Annual QQII will take place on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. To ensure that the trails do not become overcrowded, the QQII field is limited to 500 registrants. Register today!
Saturday, October 28th, 2017. The first wave starts at 9:00am. All start times will be listed here on race week.
Location and Course | 2016 Course Map - 2017 course map coming soon.
Cuivre River State Park is located in Troy, Missouri. Runners are sent onto the race course in waves of 25 that have been seeded according to their predicted pace for a road 10K.
The 2017 event features an updated 13.1K (8.14 mile) course that incorporates completely different trails from the original QQ and will take runners through some of the most picturesque areas of the park. The course will begin and finish near race headquarters at the beautiful stone lakeside pavilion. Heading out on the course in waves of 25, participants can expect rolling dirt hills, mixed with rocky patches, great scenic views from all angles around the lake and open fields with tall grass, before heading back into the woods. The course offers new challenges for every level; competitive runner's can let loose and move into a flow around twists and turns without having to worry about difficult climbs. Novice runners will get a taste of a semi-fast course while enjoying awesome scenery. Beginner's can enjoy striking views along the entire course that will remind you of the Ozarks, with some challenging footing and questions along the way to keep you on your toes!
New this year participants can choose between a custom BOCO backpack or a sponge fleece sweatshirt by Bella+Canvas. Want both items? Purchase the custom QQII backpack for the discount rate of $20 (regularly $35).
Finisher Medals & Awards
All finishers will receive a custom replica aluminum trail marker finisher medal. The aluminum finish features a light weathered/distress finish often seen on trail signs in state and national parks. Awards will be awarded to the top three overall finishers and the top three in five year age groups.
To avoid overcrowding the trail, registration is limited to the first 500 entrants. Entry fees include a $3 fee charged by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Complete Race Details
Click here to download the complete Race Instructions.
Race packets can be picked up at Fleet Feet Des Peres from 10am to 7pm on Thursday, October 26th and Fleet Feet St. Charles from 10am to 7pm on Friday, October 27th. If you are coming from out of town and cannot pick up your packet until race morning, please download and carefully read the Race Instructions before race morning. Your race swag and race number will be waiting for you at the race start beginning at 8am.
Interested in volunteering? Volunteer at QQII and receive a custom BOCO backpack and Fleet Feet giftcard! We are looking for individuals and groups to help with packet pick-up, course marshaling, pre/post race, water stations and much more. Email Jules for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has graciously contributed to the race budget and will be reaching out to provide more information about Troy Sites, Restaurants, Activities, and Accommodations available before and after the race. You can contact them at email@example.com for more information.
Please review the Race Instructions or call our Race Timing office at 855-786-5945 x716.
QQ was endorsed in 2014 by Outside Magazine, which named it one of the six best Outside running races. We're confident QQII will live up to QQ's great reputation.
History of Quivering Quads
In 1994, Fleet Feet Sports hosted the inaugural Quivering Quads Trail Runs along the beautiful single track trails of Cuivre River State Park. The unique event incorporated race distances of 10 kilometers, 13.1 miles, 50 kilometers and 50 miles. 175 runners entered the inaugural event, which immediately became a fixture on the St. Louis area’s running calendar. In the late 90s, QQ was the largest trail run in Missouri and an event of some national prominence. The race was regularly featured in Ultrarunning Magazine and earned mention in Kirk Johnson’s 2001 book To the Edge, which documented the world of ultramarathoning. The race went into hiatus after 2003’s 10th annual event so Fleet Feet could attend to the growth of their Lewis & Clark Marathon and Half Marathon, which has now become Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis, and the Race Directors could attend to the growth of their kids. In 2010, QQ returned as the Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon. QQ continues to take place every March.