The Whitewater Center is dedicated to the promotion of the active lifestyle. Since 2006, it has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its 30+ land and water-based activities, outdoor instruction and certification programs, festivals, races, films, and various outdoor events throughout the year. Whether you visit the Center’s 1,300 acres on the Catawba River or engage in the brand’s mission through one of our off-site initiatives, the Whitewater Center empowers guests to play, relax, and learn outside.
Thursday night means it’s time to hit the trails. Take your weekday run off road in this trail race on the second Thursday of every month, from May until September. Each race in the series will feature a 5K-ish and 10K-ish distance. Following the race, hang out and enjoy live music at the River Jam concert series.
Every 2nd Thursday of the month
The Whitewater Triathlon might follow the standard tri recipe: swim, bike, run, but Whitewater’s version places competitors in an off-road environment. Take on a 1K open water swim in the Catawba River, a 23K mountain bike leg and a 6.5K trail run through the Whitewater Center’s trail system. Come to challenge yourself. Race to beat a record. And cross the finish line, knowing you stepped outside of your comfort zone. Check out the shorter distance if triathlons are new to you or you’re looking for a sprint tri ...
A new distance for Tuck Fest 2020, the Tuck Fest 10-miler provides distance runners another opportunity to shine and Marathon Challengers a chance to bag some early miles. The first trail race of the festival, the Tuck Fest 10-miler promises to make sure you start the weekend right with piles of miles to your name. Timing chips are required for runners who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
This scavenger hunt style race tests your mind and body as the sun goes down on the first night of Tuck Fest. Teams will be given a map and punch card at the start of the race and will be challenged to find and complete as many obstacles as possible throughout the facility. Teams must start together, complete each obstacle together, and finish together. A good strategy will be necessary as obstacles can be completed in any order within the two and a half hour time frame (projected sunset is 8:05 pm). The most obsta...
This four-mile race hits the single-track in the Friday night darkness. Charge your lights and pick up your feet as you navigate your way through the trees. An illumination device (headlamp or similar) is required. Timing chips are required for riders who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
Circumnavigating Sadler Island within the flatwaters of the Catawba River, this sit-on-top kayak race is a fan favorite. Participants can choose between the 1.25 mile (one lap) and 2.5 mile (two laps) distances. Kayaks are limited, but are included on a first-come, first-serve basis. Racers will receive a paddle and PFD at the Flatwater Dock for the race start.
This race is perfect for avid and beginner trail runners interested in dipping their toes into the pool of night trail running. Start your run in the familiarity of daylight and race to make it back to the finish by nightfall. An illumination device (headlamp or similar) is highly recommended. Timing chips are required for riders who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
This middle distance race follows the Half Marathon course, but turns back early, covering half the distance. The Quarter Marathon Trail Race is perfect for those training for longer distances or those simply looking to enjoy a morning trail run. Timing chips are required for runners who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
Named after the Tuckaseegee Ford, a historical trading route which crossed the Catawba River at the Whitewater Center, this open water swim will feature two different distances: a one-lap, sprint triathlon distance (.75k), and a two-lap, Olympic triathlon distance (1.5k). This race is not intended for recreational swimming (ie: playing in the water). Swimmers should be confident in their own abilities as this is a self-assisted race in the open waters of a natural river. In order to participate, swimmers are requir...
Sunday morning’s Flatwater SUP Race is perfect for both the new paddler wanting to test out their racing skills as well as the seasoned and elite racer alike. Both the recreational 1.25 mile and the advanced 2.5 mile distances circumnavigate Sadler Island on the Catawba River. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Board lengths for the recreational 1.25 mile race must be below 12′. The advanced 2.5 mile race is open to all board lengths. Limited SUP equipment (board, paddle, PFD) will be provided on ...
The 5K Trail Race is a tale of two stories. Will you use it to stretch out weary legs after a Sunday sleep-in, or as a grueling part two of Sunday run-day, immediately following a morning half marathon? The choice is yours. The course will guide you through the undulating hills of the Whitewater Center trail network, nestled along the Catawba River. Timing chips are required for riders who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
The Dog Jog provides an opportunity for four-legged friends to get in on the Tuck Fest action. This is also the final chip-timed trail race of the festival and your last chance to score miles for the marathon challenge. Participants will run our Tuck Fest 5K course side by side with their pup through the Whitewater Center trail system. Dog owners must keep their dogs on leash and have doggy bags with them at all times. Timing chips are required for riders who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
The granddaddy of all short bike races goes down at the Whitewater Center. Participants young and old will use 12” kid’s bikes to race head-to-head in heats of four winding through a short, flat-ish course. Two tournament style races will take place, with the top two finishers of each race moving on to the finals, where one Short-Bike World Champion will be crowned from both the Young Folks (9 & under) and Old Folks (10 & above) divisions. Multiple years of short bike shredding experience is encouraged.
This fast and flowy 13.1 mile course zips through the woods and follows the banks of Long Creek. As the longest trail running event of the festival, it is vital for those looking to complete the Tuck Fest Marathon Challenge. This event is also part of the 2020 Half Marathon Series.Timing chips are required for riders who would like to be eligible for awards and scoring.
Camaraderie. Camping. Competition. And a whole lot of trail running. Welcome to Time Laps, a 24-hour trail running relay race. Lasso up your friends, create a team, and grind out the miles to gain the most points. The race consists of various laps with weighted point values which means your team’s strategy is just as crucial as your endurance. When your teammate is out running up some mileage, join the party at race HQ, compete in mini-comps for bonus points, or just sit back and enjoy the outdoors. The team with t...
Ease into Memorial Day Sunday with a morning race through the Whitewater Center’s trail system. Wrangle up your friends and family and hit the scenery with two distances to choose from, 5 miles and 8 miles, as you run along rivers, ponds, and through the forest. Afterwards, cool off with some rafting, cold beverages, good food, live music, and fireworks at the Memorial Day Celebration.
Running + Beer. A perfect pairing. Complete a 6K or extend the mileage with the 12K course before rewarding yourself with a beer sampling of small-batch, specially-made Brew Dash beers from various Charlotte area brewers. Last year’s brewers included Sycamore Brewing, Bold Missy Brewery, Amor Artis Brewing, and New Sarum Brewing. Beer sampling available to those 21+ with a valid, government-issue ID.