The 4th Annual QQII will take place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. To ensure that the trails do not become overcrowded, the QQII field is limited to 500 registrants. Register today!
October 15th Note - We have added an additional 25 spots/1 additional wave to the 2018 event. The 2018 field is limited to 525 participants.
Saturday, October 27th, 2018. The first wave starts at 9:00am. All start times will be listed here on race week.
Location and Course | 2018 Course Map
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 2018 event features a 8.14-mile course that incorporates completely different trails from the original Quivering Quads (March event) 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 runners 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. Beginners 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!
Race packets can be picked up on
To avoid overcrowding the trail, registration is limited to the first 525 entrants. Entry fees include a $3 fee charged by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Participants can choose between a custom BOCO backpack or a vintage thermal long sleeve shirt. Want both items? Purchase the custom QQII backpack for the discount rate of $16 thru 8/26. After 8/26, the backpack will increase to $20. (regularly $35).
Finisher Medals & Awards
All finishers will receive a custom finisher medal. Awards will be awarded to the top three overall finishers and the top three in ten year age groups.
Complete Race Details | Click here to download the complete Race Instructions.
The Great Pumpkin Contest
New to the 2018 QQII event, THE GREAT PUMPKIN CONTEST! Pumpkins are the epitome of Fall and Halloween, so let’s decorate our event with your creations. The contest consists of having participants (You!) decorate, paint, or carve a pumpkin to the design of your choosing. Then on race day, bring your masterpiece with you to display for all to see. Racers and spectators will cast their vote for their favorite and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 pumpkins. Contest is free to enter but registration is required.
Register here and get started creating your Great Pumpkin!
Interested in volunteering? Volunteer at QQII and receive a custom BOCO backpack and pair of Balega socks! 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 or to sign up to help!
Please review the Race Instructions or email Jules.
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.