Whitewater Center


About

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.

Contact

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, North Carolina 28214
United States

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Events

River Jam Run: Race Edition

River Jam Run: Race Edition

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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.

Thu 30 Jan

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Sat 08 Feb
Frigid Trail Race & Plunge 5K & 10K

Frigid Trail Race & Plunge 5K & 10K

in All Classes, 3 - 5 Mile Run, > 5 Mile Run

Brave the cold on the trail and in the water. It might be winter but we’re ready to throw down some trail mileage in the first trail race of the 2020 Whitewater Race Series. Two distances to choose from (5K and 10K). One Catawba River plunge.

Sat 07 Mar
Ride and Seek MTB Adventure Race

Ride and Seek MTB Adventure Race

in All Classes, <10 Mile Bike Ride, >25 Mile Bike Ride, 10 - 15 Mile Bike Ride, 16 - 25 Mile Bike Ride

Ride and Seek: Whitewater’s only MTB Adventure Race. Dart through the trail system in teams of two on a mission to collect the most points and get back to HQ first. Dispersed throughout the trail system, ride to mapped checkpoints to score 10 points or search for the mystery checkpoints worth 15 points. Strategize wisely. Expect competitive challenges, light-hearted games, serious mileage.

Sat 28 Mar
The New South Full & Half Trail Marathon

The New South Full & Half Trail Marathon

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run

Conquering 26.2 miles on trail is a completely different experience than running on asphalt. The New South Trail Marathon is the only trail marathon in the 2020 Whitewater Race Series and one of the few in North Carolina. For those working their way up to a marathon, The New South Half Marathon is available.

Sat 04 Apr
Whitewater Triathlon

Whitewater Triathlon

in Misc., 10 - 15 Mile Bike Ride, <10 Mile Bike Ride, > 5 Mile Run, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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 ...

Fri 24 Apr
Tuck Fest: Night Trail Race

Tuck Fest: Night Trail Race

in All Classes, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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.

Fri 24 Apr
Tuck Fest: 10-Miler

Tuck Fest: 10-Miler

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run

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.

Fri 24 Apr
Tuck Fest: Night Obstacle Race

Tuck Fest: Night Obstacle Race

in All Classes, Misc.

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...

Sat 25 Apr
Tuck Fest: Twilight 5K Trail Race

Tuck Fest: Twilight 5K Trail Race

in All Classes, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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.

Sat 25 Apr
Tuck Fest: Quarter Marathon Trail Race

Tuck Fest: Quarter Marathon Trail Race

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run

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.

Sat 25 Apr
Tuck Fest: Swim the Ford

Tuck Fest: Swim the Ford

in All Classes, Misc.

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...

Sat 25 Apr
Tuck Fest: Flatwater Kayak Race

Tuck Fest: Flatwater Kayak Race

in All Classes, Kayaking

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.

Sun 26 Apr
Tuck Fest: Dog Jog

Tuck Fest: Dog Jog

in All Classes, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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.

Sun 26 Apr
Tuck Fest: 5K Trail Race

Tuck Fest: 5K Trail Race

in All Classes, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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.

Sun 26 Apr
Tuck Fest: Half Marathon Trail Race

Tuck Fest: Half Marathon Trail Race

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run

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.

Sun 26 Apr
Tuck Fest: Flatwater SUP Race

Tuck Fest: Flatwater SUP Race

in All Classes, Paddle Boarding

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 ...

Sun 26 Apr
Tuck Fest: Short-Bike World Championships

Tuck Fest: Short-Bike World Championships

in All Classes, Bike/Cycling Race, Misc.

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.

Fri 15 May
Time Laps: 24-Hour Relay Race

Time Laps: 24-Hour Relay Race

in All Classes, < 3 Mile Run, > 5 Mile Run, 3 - 5 Mile Run, Misc.

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...

Sun 24 May
Memorial Day Trail Race

Memorial Day Trail Race

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run, 3 - 5 Mile Run

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.

Sat 20 Jun
Brew Dash 6K & 12K Trail Race

Brew Dash 6K & 12K Trail Race

in All Classes, > 5 Mile Run

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.

Contact

(704) 391-3900


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