Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon

March 5th, 2017

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Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon

The 17th edition of the Quivering Quads (QQ) Trail Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 5th, 2017. The event covers 13.1 miles on the single-track trails within beautiful Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri.  Registration opening soon!

Sunday, March 5th, 2017.  The first wave starts at 9:00am.

Location and Course
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 half marathon.  Click here to see a flyover over the course.

Shirts, Medals and Awards
This year's QQ shirt is a unisex tri-blend 3/4-sleeve shirt.  The 50% polyester, 25% combed ring-spun cotton, and 25% rayon jersey gives the shirt a very soft feel.  It features a heather white body and vintage heather amethyst sleeves.  Available sizes are XS to 2XL.  Those who register on or before February 23rd will be guaranteed a race shirt in their size.  Shirt sizes are first-come, first-served for those who register after February 23rd.  Finishers will receive custom event medals.  Plaques will be awarded to the top three overall finishers and the top three in five year age groups for each gender.   

Registration - Opening soon!
To avoid overcrowding the trail, registration is limited to the first 500 entrants.  The entry fee is $53, of which $3 goes to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. A portion of the proceeds also will be donated to the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group (aka, the SLUGs), an organization dedicated to promoting ultrarunning in the central Midwest. Click here to register. Registration will also be available at packet pick-up and on race morning. 

Packet Pickup 

Race packets can be picked up at Fleet Feet St. Louis...          
          ...Des Peres from 10am-8pm on Friday, March 3rd.
          ...St. Charles from 10am-5pm on Saturday, March 4th.

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 shirt and race number will be waiting for you at the race start.

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 Kerry Klump at  kerry@troyonthemove.com for more information.

The St. Louis Ultrarunners Group provides many volunteers for QQ, but additional volunteer opportunities exist.  If you would like more information, please email Jules.

Please review the Race Instructions or call our Race Timing office at 855-786-5945 x716.


QQ was endorsed in 2014 by Outside Magazine, who named it one of the six best Outside running races. 

Quivering Quads History

In 1994, Fleet Feet Sports hosted the inaugural Quivering Quads Trail Runs within the boundaries of beautiful 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.  By 1998, 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 that Fleet Feet could attend to the growth of their Lewis & Clark Marathon and Half Marathon, which has now become Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis.  In 2010, QQ returned as the Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon.  

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