Big River Signature Events

Castlewood Cup

Big River Running Company and Big River Race Management are proud to call the the annual Castlewood Cup, one of our own. The race is a true test of trail running with a 15k course that includes uphills, downhills, switchbacks and an infamous creek crossing. The course was designed by local trail running gurus Skip MacDowell and Blair Porter who have logged thousands of miles at Castlewood over the years. Castlewood State Park limits the number of participants allowed for the event. Capped at 500 participants, be sure to register early to secure your spot. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, the Cup has sold out 6 straight years!

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Macklind Mile

The Macklind Mile is more than just getting can run fast or stroll can race to compete or move to complete. There will be music, food and activities following the short one mile course which makes it perfect for hanging out in the streets of South City St. Louis with other kids and kids-at-heart.

 If this is your first time inquiring about the Macklind Mile, know this: it's a one mile distance that everyone can do regardless of running or walking, and the post-race party is just as important as the distance covered! You can come to run the downhill, one mile course to try and set a personal record, or you can walk it with your family pet - but either way you're partying at the finish line!

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Forest Park XC

The Forest Park Cross Country Festival kicks off with an Open Race at 7:30am. The race is open to the public and also offers a great opportunity for coaches, parents or younger brothers and sisters to compete on the same course as the high school athletes. Maybe you haven't run a cross country race since high school or maybe you never have but always wanted to try. Either way, this is a fun, relaxed race with the challenge of a cross country course! Medals will be presented to the top 30 finishers for men and women. Overall male and female race winners will receive a FREE pair of Saucony shoes.

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Flint Ridge Trail Run

The Flint Ridge Trail Run is back for its second year on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at beautiful Indian Camp Creek Park in St. Charles County! The event will host two distances, a 4-mile and a 10-mile.The Flint Ridge 10 mile race will kick off the second edition of the Big River Trail Series!

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The Skippo

The Skippo began in 2009 as a 20k trail race in beautiful Castlewood State Park that featured two 10k loops on a fairly flat course except, of course, for the famous stairs! The race was named after local trail running legend Skip “Skippo” MacDowell who has dedicated countless volunteer hours maintaining the trails at Castlewood State Park. It was at Skip’s urging, wanting to involve as many runners as possible both beginner and seasoned, that we added two more options, the 10k and the 30k and make a weekend of the event with races both Saturday and Sunday. The Skippo now offers something for everyone and we hope you can join us in November!

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Hungry Turkey
Participating in The Hungry Turkey gives families a great way to kick off Thanksgiving Day while eliminating the guilt of gobbling up yummy eats later in the day. A first-class, chip-timed event, The Hungry Turkey is run in conjunction with the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown St. Louis. The Hungry Turkey features great swag for all paid participants, age group awards and prizes for beating The Hungry Turkey. The event also raises funds for Operation Food Search. To encourage the entire family on Thanksgiving morning to participate, the event is stroller and pet friendly.

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