The 2021 Timber ‘n’ Trails 8(ish) mile race, which will take place in Cuivre River State Park on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The course will pass through explosively beautiful fall foliage and around the 1900-acre Lincoln Lake. All entrants can choose to receive a long-sleeve hooded shirt, or opt-out of the swag and save some moolah. The hooded shirt is guaranteed to be one of the favorite clothing items you own and a go-to part of your wardrobe. All finishers will also receive a high-quality, custom-designed bandana. On race day, participants are welcomed to join us for two free yoga options. Warm and loosen your body before the race with sunrise yoga. Or join us after the race for a yoga session focused on deep stretching and cooling down.
While a background in trail running isn’t required to complete trail races, it can make the experience much less rocky. Consider joining our Fleet Feet Rock Runners program to prepare for Timber n’ Trails! For only $90, experience the beauty of breathtaking parks across the St. Louis area through socially distanced small-group runs on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Aside from spectacular views and up-close encounters with nature, you’ll also reap the benefits of softer surfaces for lower impact on legs and diverse terrain for strength building. Sign up now and receive 10% off TNT registration!
New this year, participants will be able to choose whether they want an official TNT swag or if they would prefer to have a tree planted by Trees Not Tees instead. Fleet Feet will pay for a tree to be planted in place of your TNT swag. Or, if you would like to plant a tree and still receive the swag, you can do so by making a small contribution of $7 to Trees not Tees during registration. Millions of event t-shirts are produced and given away each year that are never worn. Let’s plant millions of trees instead. Planting a tree is one of the best things you can do to fight climate change. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air as they grow and create clean air for us to breathe. Trees Not Tees are finalizing the land for a new forest to start in the US that will be operational in 2022. Your 2021 tree will be planted in Scotland to grow as part of a whole new forest full of native broadleaf tree species. You’ll receive a certificate from Trees Not Tees that includes a picture of your tree, details of the species, and a unique geo-location address so you can even go and visit.
The event is limited to 350 participants and is expected to sell out.
DATE & TIME
Saturday, October 30, 2021. The first 8M wave starts at 8:30am. A wave will start every 3 minutes. All start times will be listed here the Wednesday before the race.
EVENT DAY TIMELINE
- 7:15a | Parking opens
- 7:25a | Packet pick-up opens
- 7:35-8:15a | Free sunrise yoga
- 8:30a | Start waves begin
- 11:00a | Awards announced
- 11:15a-12:15p | Free post-race yoga
LOCATION & COURSE
Cuivre River State Park is located in Troy, Missouri. The 8(ish) mile race begins and ends near the race headquarters' beautiful stone, Lakeside Pavilion. Runners are started in waves of 25 (staggered) according to their predicted pace for a 10K on the roads. In order to help spread out the field, faster runners begin first. Participants can expect rolling dirt hills mixed with rocky patches, great scenic views of the lake from multiple angles, open fields with tall grass, and wooded terrain. Competitive runners can let loose and enjoy the twists and turns, without having to worry about difficult climbs. Novice runners will enjoy a speedier-than-most trail race along with the awesome scenery. And rookie trail runners will enjoy the challenge of maintaining their footing on the trails while enjoying the Ozark-like views!
Your race packets and those of any friends and family can be picked up on...
- ...Thursday, October 28 | 11am-7pm | Fleet Feet Des Peres
- ...Friday, October 29 | 11am-7pm | Fleet Feet St. Charles
- ...Saturday, October 30 | opens at 7:45a | Race Site
- ...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.
To avoid overcrowding the trail and allow everyone to socially distance, registration is limited to the first 350 entrants. Entry fees include a $3 fee charged by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In accordance with MO State Law, race registration will be charged a 7.95% sale tax rate.
- $49 | thru 9/20
- $54 | 9/21-10/30
Participants can choose between a long sleeve hooded tee, opt to plant a tree (or do both), or completely opt-out of swag and save on entry fees.
- Unisex Relaxed Long Sleeve Hooded Tee: A staff and participant favorite - the perfect shirt to throw on and relax in or go out and be-bop around town in. This heavyweight, relaxed unisex style long sleeve tee is made from a 100% ringspun cotton. Consult the sizing chart to get the best fit - unisex sizing: S-2XL. All entrants who register through October 5th will be guaranteed their swag in their selected size.
- Trees Not Tees: New this year, we’re partnering with Trees Not Tees to offer you the option of planting a tree instead of receiving our event swag (or do both). Fleet Feet will pay for a tree to be planted in place of TNT swag. Or, if you would like to plant a tree and still receive the swag, you can do so by making a small contribution of $7 to Trees not Tees during registration. A new forest in the US will be operational in 2022. Your 2021 tree will be planted in Scotland to grow as part of a whole new forest full of native broadleaf tree species. You’ll receive a certificate from Trees Not Tees that includes a picture of your tree, details of the species, and a unique geo-location address so you can even go and visit.
- Swag Opt-out: During registration, registrants can opt-out of swag and save $8 off registration fees. All finishers will still receive the custom, high-quality digitally printed bandana.
FREE YOGA | Join Fleet Feet's certified yoga instructors for two free yoga sessions on race day. Participants have the option to join sunrise yoga before the race, a deep stretch practice after the race, or do both! Sunrise yoga will focus on getting your body warmed up and loose before the race. Post-race yoga will be a Yin-style practice focusing more on deep stretching and cooling down. A limited amount of mats will be available to borrow, or bring your own!
- Sunrise Yoga | 7:35-8:15a
- Post-Race Yoga | 11:15a-12:15p
FINISHER BANDANA & AWARDS
All finishers will receive a custom digitally printed finisher bandana. Awards will be awarded to the top three overall finishers and the top three in ten-year age groups.
ROCK RUNNERS TRAINING PROGRAM | While a background in trail running isn’t required to complete trail races, it can make the experience much less rocky. Consider joining our Fleet Feet Rock Runners program to prepare for Timber n’ Trails! For only $90, experience the beauty of breathtaking parks across the St. Louis area through socially distanced small-group runs on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Aside from spectacular views and up-close encounters with nature, you’ll also reap the benefits of softer surfaces for lower impact on legs and diverse terrain for strength building. Sign up now and receive 10% off TNT registration!
Interested in volunteering? All-day TNT volunteers receive a 2021 swag item and Fleet Feet gift card. We are looking for individuals and groups to help with packet pick-up, course marshaling, pre/post-race, aid stations, and more. Click here for volunteer sign-up or email Hannah for more information!
RACE INSTRUCTION DETAILS | Race instructions will be posted in October and included in the pre-race email.
EVENT POLICIES & FAQ:
- No-Risk Registration - We understand these are uncertain times. Our intention is to host an in-person event. However, should the health situation change and we are unable to host the event, all runners will be able to defer to 2022 or run the event virtually. If the event is canceled prior to October 4, 2021, participants will have the option to choose between a refund, deferral, or to run the event virtually.
- Will there be on course Aid Stations? Yes, there will be on-course aid stations BUT with minimal supplies and support. We highly encourage and recommend participants carry all hydrations and nutritional needs in their running pack.
- Will there be on-course support? Yes, we will have course marshals and traffic control on course. Athletic Trainers will be available at the finish line.
- Are dogs allowed at the event or allowed to participate? We love dogs, but dogs are not allowed at this event or allowed to participate in the race.
- Inclement Weather Policy: The safety of our participants and volunteers is our highest priority. If severe weather is present, we will post an update on the Facebook Event Page and at the top of this page by 5:00 am the morning of the event at the latest.
- Refund Policy - No refunds will be given after October 11, 2021. Processing fees are non-refundable. Entries are not transferable to another event but can be transferred to another participant. Transferring registration is allowed through October 25, 2021. A $3 processing fee will be applied to all refunds and transfers.
- What if I have a positive COVID-19 test or show symptoms of COVID-19? If you have a positive COVID-19 test or are showing symptoms (click here for a full list of symptoms) we ask that you do not attend the event. Participants who fall into this category will be offered the following options; defer to the 2022 event, or participate virtually after their quarantine period. We will also offer the following refund option. If the request is received before October 11, 2021, the participant can receive a full refund minus the transaction fees, if, after October 11, 2021, participants with a positive COVID-19 test can receive a 50% refund.
- COVID-19 Status: Our intention is to be able to hold this event in person. We are working on plans to take all necessary precautions to make this a safe event during the COVID-19 situation based on the latest/greatest guidelines as the event approaches. As we finalize those plans and precautions and have them in place, we will include them in race communications closer to the race date. Participant safety is our number one concern, so if it is deemed unsafe to have an in-person event, the race will be switched to an all-virtual event. Should we have to hold the event virtually, we will automatically switch all participants to the virtual event and send details on how to obtain your race swag and submit your virtual times. If you do not want to participate in the virtual event, you can defer your entry to our 2022 event. We will contact all participants in the event that it goes virtual with further instructions.
Please review the Race Instructions or email Jules.
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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 a 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.