2018 The Nippy Niner Trail Run 1/28/18

January 28th, 2018

2018 Race Results

2018 Nippy Niner Pre Event Athlete Letter

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 a gravel road 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

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 10th, 2018

Packet Pick Up and Registration:

Saturday, January 27 from 1pm - 5pm at Big Shark Bicycle Company 1155 South Big Bend Blvd, 63117

Race Day 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 28th, 2018. 9:00 AM

Please Note: The Nippy Niner will occur regardless of rain, snow, ice, mud, stampeding badgers, wild cougars or extreme nippyness. Should the event be 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: 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:

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)