2019 The Nippy Niner Trail Run 1/27/19

January 27th, 2019

2019 Race Results

Pre Event Athlete Guide - Please Read Thoroughly!

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 here. 

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

Athletes registered prior to January 14 will recieve a super deluxe Nippy Niner embroidered beanie.

Shameless Plug: Check out our Valentine's Day Run for the Chocolate on February 9th, 2019

Packet Pick Up and Registration:

Saturday, January 26 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. Please be at the start line by 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 (near 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 River's Edge Trail entrance (near mile 4) and one at the River's Edge Trail exit (near mile 7).

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

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 27th, 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 Miler ONLY: Female/Male Masters (40 years old +) ... 1 Award Each
    (Masters award winners not eligible for Age Group awards)
  • Nine Miler ONLY: Athena (150+lbs) under 40 years old and 40+, Male Clydesdale (200+lbs) under 40 years old and 40+ ... 1 Award per Category
    (Athena/Clydesdale award winners not eligible for Age Group awards)
  • Awards will be presented at 11:00am.

Results: will be available 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: mike@bigshark.com

The Nippy Niner is part of the North County Race Series. Please check out the rest of the series' events. They are local, unique and awesome events- please 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)