2017 The Nippy Niner Trail Run 1/29/17

January 29th, 2017

2017 Race Results

2017 Nippy Niner Pre Event Athlete Letter

Nippy Niner Trail Update!: The Rivers Edge Trail at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is back in operation. The 2017 edition of the Nippy Niner will return to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

The Nippy Niner offers two distances -  a 9 mile (15K) and a 5.6 mile (9k) option. Both distances are on paved, gravel and off-road trails. The race begins on a gentle gravel road leading to the historic confluence point of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The 9 miler returns on the undulating River's Edge Trail while the 5.6 miler returns via Madison Ferry Road. The race starts on an open plain winding it's way through the wetlands and migratory bird habitats before the distances split. The 9 miler enters the bottomland forest alongside the Missouri River and returns on gravel roads to the finish. The 5.6 miler turns left onto Madison Ferry Road through the wetlands and onto the gravel road back to the finish. Both distances are Fast, Flat and extra Nippy.

The Nippy Gritty: 

Register online at Chronotrack Timing/Big River. 

  • Before November 1: $25
  • Before December 31: $30
  • After January 1: $35
  • Race Day: $40

Register early + save! There is a small online surcharge. Race Day Registration starts at 7:30 am thru 8:30 am. 

Athletes registered prior to January 15 will recieve a super deluxe Nippy Niner embroidered beanie.

Shameless Plug: Check out our Valentine's Day Run for the Chocolate on February 11th, 2017

Packet Pick Up and Registration:

Saturday, January 28 from 1pm - 5pm at Big Shark Bicycle Company 1155 South Big Bend  Blvd, 63117

Sunday, January 29 starting at 7:30 am at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road, 63138 


Race Start: The Nippy Niner start is en masse- not staged. Runners will be directed to the start corral at 8:50am.

Nine Mile (15K) Course Description:  The race begins on a gentle gravel road leading to the historic confluence point of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers then enters the undulating River's Edge Trail for three plus miles before transitioning back into the wetlands and onto the gravel road towards the finish line.

Nine K (5.6 mile) Course Description: The short course will be the same as the 9 miler until the split at Madison Ferry Road (approximately at mile 3) where the 5.6 milers will turn left towards the finish line while the 9 milers will continue straight toward the Confluence + River's Edge Trail.

Nine Miler Support: Runners will have three water stations- one at the 9 mile/9k split at Madison Ferry Road, one at the entrance to the River's Edge Trail and one at the exit of the River's Edge Trail.

Precision Health Group Support: HEATERS (to un-nip) will be provided by Precision Health Group- who will also be providing post race treatments!

The Race Location: The Columbia Bottom Convservation Area is located in north St. Louis County at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. From I-270 exit at Riverview Drive and head north.

When: Sunday, January 29th, 2017. 9:00 AM Start Time. The Nippy Niner will occur regardless of rain, sleet, snow, ice, mud, stampeding badgers, wild cougars or extreme nippyness. If the event is cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances there will be no refunds.


  • Overall Top 3 Female/Male
  • Age Group Top 3 Female/Male: 19-under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
  • Nine Mile Run ONLY: Female/Male Masters (40 years old +) ... 1 Award Each
    (Masters award winners not eligible for Age Group awards)
  • Nine Mile Run ONLY: Athena (150+lbs) under 40 years old and 40+, Male Clydesdale (200+lbs) under 40 years old and 40+ ... 1 Award per Category
    (Clydesdale and Athena award winners not eligible for Age Group awards)
  • Awards will be presented at 11:00am.

Special Awards from The Battlegrounds: The Top 3 Men and Women Overall for the 9 Mile (long) course will each win entry certificates to the Battlegrounds Mud Run. Additionally- the Overall Winner of the Men's Clydesdale and Women's Athena 9 Mile course will each win certificates.

THE BATTLEGROUNDS is St. Louis' largest permanent mud run obstacle course with 30 plus obstacles.Obstacles are military themed and will require physical fitness. Obstacles will include running, jumping, crawling, splashing, swinging, climbing 25 feet in the air & traversing varying terrains, including a creek. You will get muddy! It will be physically demanding. Are you up for the challenge? 

Results: Results will be posted online 24hrs post event.


  • To be eligible for an award, the runner must complete the entire race course.
  • This is a mass start event. No early or late starters allowed.
  • There are no refunds. Entry may be transferred up to 1 week prior to the event.
  • Athletes registered prior to Jan 15 are guaranteed an event beanie. Everyone is guaranteed a nippy good time! 

Race Information Contact: please email

The Nippy Niner is part of the North County Race Series. Please check out the rest of the events that are part of their series. They are bringing many great races to our region- support them all!

  Thanks to R & R Sanitation for supplying our "facilities".

The Nippy Niner is an officially sanctioned USATF event.


Previous Years' Results:

Nippy Niner Map (9 Mile)

Nine K Route Map (9 K)