WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28214

Running > Trail, Ultra

Event Description

The WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon presented by Icebreaker is a multi-lap ultramarathon spanning the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s trail system featuring both a 50K and a 50 mile distance. For the first time ultra-competitor or those seeking to expand into something longer than the typical marathon distance, the 50K course offers three 10-ish mile loops providing a mix of challenging singletrack climbs and rolling riverside trails. For those looking for something beyond the 50K distance, the 50 mile route focuses on increased elevation and technicality through three 17-ish mile loops. Both race distances are equipped with multiple and fully stocked aid stations, easy drop-bag locations, access to hot showers, food, and activities for your supporting families at the USNWC’s 1,300 acre facility.


  • Date – Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Distance – 50K and 50-mile
  • Time:
    • 5:00am (50-mile start)
    • 6:00am (50K start)


  • Pre-registration – Must be registered by September 26
    • $70 – 50K distance
    • $90 – 50-mile distance
  • Late Registration – Must be Registered by October 24
    • $80 – 50K distance
    • $100 – 50-mile distance
  • Race day registration – if available
    • $90 – 50K distance
    • $110 – 50-mile distance
  • Note: Icebreaker Tech Lite shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by October 20
  • Note: WC-50 finisher medals are only guaranteed to those who register by September 26


Friday, October 25

  • 5:00pm – 6:45pm – Packet pick up – U.S. National Whitewater Center Outfitters
  • Note: We encourage runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day logistics
  • Note: “Race Day Registration” will be available during packet pick up
  • Note: Early packet pick-up is optional. Typical parking fees apply

Saturday, October 26

  • 4:00am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins (50-mile and 50K) – Pump House Biergarten
  • 4:45am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends for 50-mile
  • 4:45am – Mandatory pre-race meeting for 50-mile runners
  • 5:00am – 50-mile race start
  • 5:45am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends for 50K
  • 5:45am – Mandatory pre-race meeting for 50K runners
  • 6:00am – 50K race start
  • Time TBD – 50K and 50-mile awards ceremony
  • 6:45pm – 50-mile and 50K course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


All finishers will receive a custom finishers item (Belt buckles for 50mile and medals for 50K) (Must register by Sept 14)


2018 – 2013 RESULTS:





  • Volunteers
  • Waiver Policy
    • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Refund and Transfer Policy
    • Race Registration is non-refundable
    • A 100% registration transfer must be requested 2 months (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org
    • Registration transfers are only applicable to the same race the following year
  • Forgotten Add-On Gear
    • All purchased add-on gear must be collected during packet pick-up
    • Items will not be shipped
    • If items are unable to be picked up during packet pick-up, you must arrange pick-up with racedirector@usnwc.org and collect from Outfitters within one week from event date
    • The race director will not email you to arrange your pick-up
    • All unclaimed items will be donated
    • Typical parking fees apply
  • Forgotten Awards
    • Participants not present for awards may collect their award from Outfitters within two months of the race date
    • Items will not be shipped
    • All unclaimed items will be donated
    • Participants must email racedirector@usnwc.org to arrange award pick-up
    • Typical parking fees apply
  • Trail Safety
    • Trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
    • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are strongly discouraged
    • Remain attentive and courteous at all times
    • No pets allowed on the course
  • Race Bibs
    • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • Aid Stations
    • See Course Map for water/electrolyte stop locations
    • Plan accordingly if you think you may require additional hydration during race
  • Weather Policy
    • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director. Any changes will be communicated via email by the Race Director
  • Parking Policy
    • All guests are required to pay a $6 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $50
  • Emergency Policy
    • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants must call 911 if emergency vehicles and operations are needed. There are 911 trail location markers to communicate where emergency personnel can find you

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