Guest Experience Manager

Job Description

The Guest Experience Manager is responsible for the management of all Guest Services operations at the USNWC.  This position has direct management responsibilities for the front desk/admissions operations, event/group planning, guest relations, recruiting and training of all guest services staff, guest inquiries and complaints, activities bookings and payments, phone operations, parking, security and establishing and maintaining guest services programs and standards.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures the Guest Services staff creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all guests.
  • Responsible for the recruiting, training, scheduling and day to day management of all Guest Services staff
  • Manages the ‘Admissions’ at Front Desk area and related financial transactions.
  • Manages the Guest Experience Coordinator staff
  • Primary oversight and coordinating role in hosting groups on site (glue for disparate parts, filling gaps, concierge).
  • Serves as the “face” for the Center on an operational basis for the guest and primary liaison between the guests and the Center.
  • First responder to guest complaints, issues, and needs.
  • Manages the guest surveys and feedback process
  • Coordinates communication between guests and USNWC.
  • Primary responsibility for guest education, orientation, and other needs
  • Coordinates with Facility Maintenance to maintain cleanliness and appearance of the Center.
  • Assures that all Guest Services staff have in-depth knowledge of the products offered by USNWC.
  • Acting as management liaison between all departments and Guest Services staff.
  • Participates in staff meetings with the aim of improving the efficiency and overall quality of work in the Guest Services department.
  • Creates training processes and executes point of sale training and troubleshooting for Siriusware and product knowledge.
  • Maintains efficient operation of inbound calls.
  • Contributes to the overall success of USNWC by promoting its mission with guests and fellow employees.
  • All other duties and responsibilities that should be reasonably assumed to constitute Guest Services and allow for the execution of your role as manager of that department.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Hospitality, Marketing or related field.
  • Previous management experience in guest services, customer service or the hospitality industry is helpful
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to make decisions independently.
  • Comfortable with physically demanding duties
  • Flexibility in schedule for varied workweeks; including nights, weekends, and some holidays.

Click here to complete the USNWC Employment Application, or submit resume via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

Land Sport Engineering Team

Job Description

The Land Sport Engineering Team is a Part-Time Seasonal position and will report to the Land Managers.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in building, inspecting, repairing, and general up-keep of gear and activities ranging from zip lines, climbing walls, continuous belay systems, group initiatives, and general ropes course activities on artificial structures and in trees.
  • Also maintaining the grounds and public areas the Land Sports program encompasses.
  • Working on a small team to ensure the safety of large numbers of participants at heights on various types of activities by rigorously inspecting all aspects of the activities and structures.
  • Keeping the activities, structures, and grounds well-kept and in safe working order.
  • Assisting in builds on and off the ground as well as tree work and occasional machinery operation.
  • Assisting in general back of house operations for the Landsports program.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Willingness to work when needed and until the job is done in various types of environments and situations.
  • Attention to detail, good decision making skills, and safety consciousness are a must.
  • Previous ropes course related work experience required.
  • Must be comfortable moving and working at heights.
  • Ability and comfort in operating numerous tools and limited heavy machinery.
  • Able to take direction and work without supervision while utilizing a wide range of skills.
  • Any high-angle rope work, arborist work, carpentry, rigging or cabling experience and college degree would be preferred.
  • Candidate must be available at least 40 hours a week during the High Season and must be available on select weekends/holidays. Must also be available 25 to 30 hours in low season.

Job offers will be made upon successful completion of interview and Land Sports Guide School.

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

Front of House Manager

Job Description

The Front of House Shift Supervisor is an hourly, part-time, seasonal position and will report to the Front of House Manager.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Interact with guests to ensure their experience is satisfactory
  • Coordinating guest flow
  • Guiding, directing and overseeing front of the house staff through their daily duties
  • Quality control over food leaving the kitchen
  • Handling cash and credit card transactions
  • Authorizing special transactions
  • Approving daily close-outs
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and service mindset

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Flexible schedule with Thursday night and weekend availability
  • Ability to anticipate guests’ needs and provide each customer with a positive guest experience
  • Ability to create a professional and positive work environment
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to multitask and work in a face paced environment
  • Outgoing personality combined with a professional demeanor and appearance

Physical Requirements

  • Lift and/or move up to 30 pounds
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

 

Back of House Manager

Job Description

The Back of House Manager is a full-time, benefits-eligible position and will report to the Guest Services Director. The focus of this position involves:

  • Strategic Direction – Directing the culinary activities of a 300 seat, high-volume casual dining restaurant, an on-site catering operation, and year-round festivals and special events.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Train and manage kitchen personnel.
  • Estimate food consumption and purchase of food.
  • Select and develop recipes.
  • Standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality
  • Establish presentation technique and quality standards.
  • Supervise and participate in preparation and cooking of foods.
  • Plan and price menu items according to cost goals.
  • Ensure proper equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Ensure proper safety and sanitation in the kitchen.
  • Interact with guests re special needs and issues.
  • Supervise kitchen personnel with responsibility for hiring, discipline, and review of staff.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Experience supervising kitchen of high-volume restaurant.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Excellent management and fiscal skills.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills.
  • Ability to manage in a diverse environment.
  • Have a positive attitude and a service mindset.

Physical Requirements

  • Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

Graphic Designer

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Graphic Designer is a full-time, benefits-eligible position and will report to the Marketing Director. The focus of this position involves:

  • Creative Design– Generating creative artwork to establish brand identity for USNWC and it’s programs, events and activities.  Artwork must be consistent with USNWC brand standards and will be formatted for use in various media including print, digital, social, etc.   The Graphic Designer will also format photography and incorporate brand marks with photo inventory for use in marketing materials.
  • Collateral Design/Approval – Creating and formatting artwork for a variety of mediums used in the USNWC’s advertising and marketing campaigns.  Collateral includes posters, brochures, facility maps, signage, etc.  The Graphic Designer must also approve all uses of USNWC marks and ensure they are consistent with USNWC brand standards.
  • Website/App Design- Working with Web Developer to create and maintain the look and feel of the USNWC’s website and mobile application properties.  The Graphic Designer will take the primary role on the visual representation of these mediums so that the Web Developer may incorporate them with appropriate functionality.
  • Strategic Direction – Contribute as a member of the USNWC Marketing Team to lend perspective and critique ideas on the allocation of resources for brand-building initiatives and marketing functions, as well as future business development initiatives.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Play an active role on the USNWC marketing team and in the steering of the USNWC brand/organization as a whole
  • Manage all creative projects with deliverables across all departments, including brochures, property maps, onsite signage, metalwork, information screens, kiosks, etc.
  • Create advertisements to specification for all USNWC mediums (print, web, social, outdoor, sponsorship, etc.)
  • Coordinate with print vendors to place collateral orders and receive shipments for distribution onsite/offsite
  • Generate new vector-based artwork and logos to represent USNWC events, activities and products (River Jam, Festivals, Whitewater Race Series, Canopy Tour, Adventure Travel, etc.)
  • Coordinate photography plan with third-party vendors and maintain a current graphics database for use in marketing materials
  • Develop and maintain the visual design of all websites,  mobile applications and digital forms and coordinate within parameters of defined process flows
  • Schedule and approve all uses of USNWC marks by third party organizations
  • Other duties specified as needed

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 3+ years of relevant experience (Graphic Design, Art or related field)
  • Degree in Graphic Design, Art preferred
  • High proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator and Photo Shop) and InDesign
  • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to meet and exceed deadlines and work in a fluid environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure and make decisions independently
  • Team player with flexibility in schedule for varied workweeks and events (nights and weekends occasionally required).

*Please provide digital portfolio link/website in application

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

Brand Manager

Job description

The Brand Manager is a full-time, benefits-eligible position and will report to the Marketing Director. The focus of this position involves:

  • Strategic Direction – Participating in decisions related to the strategic direction of the USNWC brand including marketing, operations, product deployments and business unit development.  Stong emphasis on delivering value and building the business through new revenue streams and product offerings in addition to performing analytical research on consumer trends and business growth.
  • Public Relations – Building and leveraging relationships with the media to grow coverage of the USNWC among target consumer segments.  Constant outreach to media outlets to tell the story of the USNWC and its place in the outdoor lifestyle.
  • Communications – Serving as liason to USNWC constituents and speaking on behalf of the brand to the public.  Generating content to meet the communication needs of all lines of business including marketing, guest services and operations. Projects involve creative briefs, grants, mobile apps, website, marketing collateral, advertising/media, radio, on-site signage and social/new media.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Play an active role on the USNWC marketing team and in the steering of the USNWC brand/organization as a whole
  • Participate as a manager of the facility to analyze business processes/communication across all departments
  • Actively research and engage new methods to develop various USNWC business units
  • Manage the communications needs of multiple lines of business including marketing, guest services, land sports, water sports, food and beverage, etc.
  • Use the media and other third parties to support USNWC marketing efforts
  • Serve as a liaison between the greater community and the USNWC
  • Plan and track weekly media coverage
  • Develop relationships with all USNWC constituents including municipalities, sponsors, government entities, etc.
  • Serve as the face of the company for media correspondence
  • Use analytical methods to expand the business and grow traffic
  • Manage all internal communication projects with deliverables across all departments

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 3+ years of relevant experience (Brand/B2C marketing experience a plus)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Statistics or related field
  • MBA strongly preferred
  • Business development background preferred
  • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver
  • Analytical mindset to independantly research trends to help grow the business
  • Ability to speak in public forums and with media outlets to serve as the “face” of the organization
  • High degree of intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and make decisions independently
  • Team player with flexibility in schedule for varied workweeks and events (nights and weekends occasionally required).

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

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Appalachian Backpacking

Explore the heritage, geology and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains by foot on this 8-day backpacking adventure. Each course will teach the essentials of backcountry travel including land navigation, campsite preparation and backcountry cooking. As participants gain personal development, leadership and team-building skills, they will become the leaders of the trip, planning and organizing the logistics and goals of each day. Be prepared to be tested both physically and mentality as you will cover many miles on varying terrain.

Course Information
  • Price: $950 per person
  • We do advise participants to bring no more than $50 if they would like to purchase anything outside what is included.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Ages: 14 – 17, 18+
  • Minimum capacity: 6
  • Maximum capacity: 8
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged
Course Awareness

During this trip you will be expected to carry a backpack that could weigh as much as 45 lbs on uneven terrain. Camp and sleep in tents on the ground in a wilderness setting. This trip will have rigorous and have you on your feet for up to nine hours a day.

Skills Introduced & Utilized:
  • Camp craft
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Traveling light
  • Map reading
  • Camp site selection
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Leadership
  • Group communication
  • Self confidence
  • Team trust
Step 1: Choose 2014 Course Dates
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED
Step 2: Payment

Guests can choose to pay in-full or place a 50% deposit for a program date. To pay in-full, please select a course date in Step 1 and follow payment instructions. To place a 50% deposit, please call Guests Services at 704.391.3922 or pay in-person at the USNWC. All outstanding balances must be paid at least 14 days prior to your trip date.

  • Refund Policy:
    • 25% of course fee is non-refundable within 14 days of trip date
    • 50% of total course fee is non-refundable in 15 or more days of the trip date
Step 3: Adventure Travel Forms

Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the USNWC with all the required forms. Please complete and return all forms. All forms must be completed and returned 14 days prior to the course start date.

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Supervisor

The successful candidate for this position will help transform the world’s largest artificial whitewater river into an attractively landscaped and carefully maintained facility.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center, a premier one-of-its-kind outdoor recreational facility, encompasses over 400 acres and offers activities ranging from whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, eco-trekking, zip lines and high ropes adventure courses. In addition, USNWC has a complete food and beverage operation including the River’s Edge Restaurant & Bar as well as conference facilities that can accommodate groups of all sizes from small private gatherings to large corporate retreats.

USNWC is currently seeking qualified, experienced applicants for the position of Landscaping and Groundskeeping Supervisor. This position will report directly to the Facility Manager and is an hourly, full-time, benefits-eligible position. Weekend and evening hours will be required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing and supervising a crew of up to 6 people
  • Improve or replace existing grass and turf throughout the facility
  • Supervise the irrigation, fertilizing, cutting and maintenance of all grass and turf throughout the facility
  • Improve and maintain existing landscaping while expanding into new areas
  • Maintain walkways, paths, driveways and parking lots in clean, well-kept condition
  • Operate mowers, tractors and other equipment safely and maintain in good condition
  • Work with facility maintenance crew to execute large projects and improvements
    Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience supervising or leading a crew
  • Experience in landscaping and mowing
  • Experience using landscaping and mowing equipment
  • Experience operating, maintaining and repairing a multi-zone irrigation system
  • Enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Thrive in a dynamic work environment which focuses on guest experience and operational efficiency
  • Physical requirements: Be able to reach, bend, and stoop frequently. Be able to lift 50 pounds.

Click here to complete the USNWC Employment Application, or submit resume via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

Summer Camp Counselor

Become a Summer Camp Counselor at the largest outdoor adventure facility in the world. We are currently seeking full-time seasonal employees for an exciting summer at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.

Summer Camp counselors are responsible for providing supervision and programming for youth, ages 8-17. Our camps are designed to provide a unique and adventurous experience throughout the summer, with activities such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, flatwater kayaking, survival techniques, and teambuilding.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Lead groups of 10-12 campers per day through various activities
  • Address medical and behavioral concerns with parents
  • Organize gear needs
  • Perform logistical support
  • Organize and implement games
  • Update activity plans.

Summer Camp Counselors also have the opportunity to be crossed trained in other departments for additional work opportunities.

Benefits of being a USNWC employee:

  • Free access to pass activities
  • Paid parking
  • 25% off restaurant and retail items
  • Discounts and access to pro deals on gear may apply

Qualifications:

  • Personal maturity and strong leadership skills.
  • Current Red Cross Child/Adult CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications.
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoor experience and a passion working with youth.
  • Willingness to work in a team dynamic.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with parents and youth.
  • Focus on providing excellent customer service.
  • Prior youth program/summer camp experience preferred.
  • Must be able to ride a bicycle.
  • Must be able to swim.
  • Becoming a USNWC Raft Guide is highly recommended.
  • Minimum age: 17

The USNWC Employment Application is available for download and completed forms can be emailed to Human Resources at: jobs@usnwc.org. All employment offers are subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check. USNWC is an EEO employer and a drug-free and smoke-free establishment. No phone calls, please.

Guest Services Representative

Responsible for booking and processing payment for whitewater rafting, kayak, climbing, and ropes course trips, along with other outdoor adventure products and trips the USNWC will offer. The guest services representative must be constantly aware of USNWC policies and procedures and strive to educate him/herself about every sport offered.

Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones and speak with guests in a polite, clear, and confident manner.
  • Answer questions regarding trips, activities, lessons, and classes, and give guidance/directions to guests and participants in order to best match our products with their needs.
  • Provide detailed review of trip/product purchased, requirements to participate and overview of what to expect upon arrival at USNWC. Send confirmation letters.
  • Create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests.
  • Checking in reserved guests through the Siriusware software system, printing wrist bands, providing directions and overview of trip.
  • Assembling large group packages for easy check-in. Also required to give welcome/induction speeches to large groups and give occasional tours of the center’s activities and facilities.
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of the products offered by USNWC. Reservationists are encouraged to experience as many USNWC activities as possible to better service our customers.
  • Acting as liaison between all departments/teams in the USNWC to facilitate communication between all guides and our guests.
  • Participate in staff meetings with the aim of improving the efficiency and overall quality of work in the Reservations department.
  • Possibility of covering other areas/departments if necessary.
  • Maintain a clean, professional and healthy appearance and adhere to the dress code.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the USNWC by promoting its mission with guests and fellow employees.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in guest services, customer service, hospitality industry, sales or reception a plus.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills required.
  • Able to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to make decisions independently. Position needs person who is resourceful and takes a solutions focused approach to solving problems and pleasing our guests.
  • Good typing skills and ability to quickly adapt to new software systems.
  • Honest and sincere passion for helping others and providing guidance.
  • Looking for outgoing, friendly, confident candidates with a passion for outdoor adventure and the USNWC mission of promoting healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Seasonal, part-time and full-time opportunities available.

Click here to complete the USNWC Employment Application, or submit resume via email to: jobs@usnwc.org / mail to USNWC Attn: Human Resources, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. USNWC is an EEO employer and a smoke and drug-free place of employment. Pre-employment background check required. No phone calls, please.

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Catering

The USNWC specializes in providing unforgettable experiences for all types of organizations. We cater to corporations and small businesses, youth groups and scout troops and even bachelors and bachelorettes.

Summer Camp Counselor

Become a Summer Camp Counselor at the largest outdoor adventure facility in the world!
We are currently seeking full-time seasonal employees for an exciting summer at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.

Position Information:
Summer Camp counselors are responsible for providing supervision and programming for youth ages 8 to 17. Our camps are designed to provide a unique and adventurous experience throughout the summer, with activities such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, flatwater kayaking, survival techniques, and teambuilding.

Additional responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to leading groups of 10-12 campers per day through various activities, addressing medical and behavioral concerns with parents, organizing gear needs, performing logistical support, organizing and implementing games, and updating activity plans. Summer Camp Counselors also have the opportunity to be crossed trained in other departments for additional work opportunities.

Benefits of being a USNWC employee:

  • Free access to pass activities
  • Paid parking
  • 25% off restaurant and retail items
  • Discounts and access to pro deals on gear may apply

On the Job Training:
A two week staff training and planning precedes camp.
There may also be [non-paid] training opportunities before the initial staff training week, as well as planning days between sessions.

Job Requirements:

  • Personal maturity and strong leadership skills.
  • Current Red Cross Child/Adult CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications.
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoor experience and a passion working with youth.
  • Willingness to work in a team dynamic.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with parents and youth.
  • Focus on providing excellent customer service.
  • Prior youth program/summer camp experience preferred.
  • Must be able to ride a bicycle.
  • Must be able to swim
  • Becoming a USNWC Raft Guide is highly recommended.
  • Minimum age: 17

Completed Employment Application forms can be emailed to Human Resources at: jobs@usnwc.org. All employment offers are subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check. USNWC is and EEO employer and a drug-free and smoke-free establishment. No phone calls, please.

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Appalachian Backpacking & Climbing

The Appalachian Backpacking & Climbing will take you deep into the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, home to over a million acres of National Forest. Your 8-day journey will encounter expansive views, mountain streams and unique rock formations. This course is designed to provide experience in backcountry travel including land navigation, minimalism, camping and cooking. Additionally, participants will gain experience rock climbing during numerous stops on the journey. Our instructors will teach you the basics of climbing including belaying and route-selection.

Course Information
  • Price: $950.00 per person
  • We do advise participants to bring no more than $50 if they would like to purchase anything outside what is included
  • Ages: 14 – 17, 18+
  • Minimum capacity: 6
  • Maximum capacity: 8
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged
Course Awareness

During this course you should expect to be caring a backpack that could weigh up to 45 lbs on uneven terrain. This course will also involve multiple days of technical top rope rock climbing. You should be ready to be on your feet for up to nine hours a day.

Skills Introduced & Utilized:
  • Minimalism in travel
  • Land Navigation
  • Camp Craft
  • Route Selection
  • Belaying
  • Knot Tying
  • Basic rock climbing technique
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Leadership
  • Self-discovery
  • Group communication
  • Self-confidence
Step 1: Choose 2014 Dates
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED
Step 2: Payment

Guests can choose to pay in-full or place a 50% deposit for a program date. To pay in-full, please select a course date in Step 1 and follow payment instructions. To place a 50% deposit, please call Guests Services at 704.391.3922 or pay in-person at the USNWC. All outstanding balances must be paid at least 14 days prior to your trip date.

  • Refund Policy:
    • 50% of course fee is non-refundable within 14 days of trip date
    • 25% of total course fee is non-refundable in 15 or more days of the trip date
Step 3: Adventure Travel Forms

Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the USNWC with all the required forms. Please complete and return all forms. All forms must be completed and returned 14 days prior to the course start date.

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Carolina Backpacking Intro

Learn the basics of backcountry travel and camping in this 3-day Backpacking Intro course. Home to a variety of endangered and threatened plant and animal species, Gorges State Park will be your classroom as you learn about environmental ethics, geology, backcountry cooking, land navigation and natural history. Each day’s enjoyable hiking and camping experiences make this course perfect for families and children with little to no experience in backcountry travel & camping.

Course Information
  • Price: $399 per person
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Ages: 12+
  • Minimum Participants: 6
  • Maximum Participants: 8
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged
  • Private family trips are available. Contact us at info@usnwc.org for more information.
Course Awareness

During this trip you will be expected to carry a backpack that could weigh as much as 45 lbs on uneven terrain for up to 9 hours in addition to camping and sleeping in tents on the ground in a wilderness setting.

Skills Introduced & Utilized:
  • Camp Craft (backcountry cooking, tent set up, site selection)
  • Fire-building
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Proper Packing
  • Land Navigation
    • Communication
    • Self-Discovery
    • Family Bonding
    • Self Confidence
Step 1: Choose 2014 Dates
  • Registration Closed
Step 2: Payment

Guests can choose to pay in-full or place a 50% deposit for a program date. To pay in-full, please select a course date in Step 1 and follow payment instructions. To place a 50% deposit, please call Guests Services at 704.391.3922 or pay in-person at the USNWC. All outstanding balances must be paid at least 14 days prior to your trip date.

  • Refund Policy:
    • 25% of course fee is non-refundable within 14 days of trip date
    • 50% of total course fee is non-refundable in 15 or more days of the trip date
Step 3: Adventure Travel Forms

Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the USNWC with all the required forms. Please complete and return all forms. All forms must be completed and returned 14 days prior to the course start date.

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Directions

Only 15 miles from downtown Charlotte, the USNWC is accessible from any location. Find your quickest route.

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Raft Guide School

Become a professional raft guide on the largest man-made whitewater river in the world. After completing the course, graduates will be ready to lead groups down our Class II, III and IV rapids.

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Carolina Sea to Summit

See what the Carolinas have to offer from the mountains to sea in this 14 day course. Beginning on South Carolina’s James Island, your coastal adventures will include surf, sea kayak and stand-up paddleboard instruction. The journey will then move into the mountains of Western NC, where a backpacking journey will focus on the art of traveling light, exploring the natural world and working as a highly functional team. Along with the technical skills needed to connect with the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains, students will also develop valuable leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

Camp Information

  • Price: $1,800 per camper
    • We do advise participants to bring no more than $50 if they would like to purchase anything outside what is included.
  • Ages: 14 – 17, 18+
  • Minimum capacity: 6
  • Maximum capacity: 10
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged

Course Awareness

During this trip you will be expected to carry a backpack up to 45 lbs on uneven terrain. Students will camp, cook and sleep in a wilderness setting. The trip will be rigorous and have you on your feet for up to 9 hours a day.  Good physical fitness preparation will be important to your success of this trip.

Skills Taught and Utilized:

  • Coastal Paddling
  • Leadership
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Group Communication
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Self Confidence
  • Camp Craft
  • Land Navigation
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Minimalist Travel
  • Team Trust

Step 1: Choose 2014 Camp Dates

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED

Step 2: Payment

Guests can choose to pay in-full or place a 50% deposit for a program date.  To pay in-full, please select a course date in Step 1 and follow payment instructions.  To place a 50% deposit, please call Guests Services at 704.391.3922 or pay in-person at the USNWC.  All outstanding balances must be paid at least 14 days prior to your trip date.

  • Refund Policy:
    • 25% of total course fee is non-refundable in 15 days or more prior to the trip start date
    • 50% of course fee is non-refundable within 14 days of trip date

Step 3: Adventure Travel Forms

Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the USNWC with all the required forms.  Please complete and return all forms.  All forms must be completed and returned 14 days prior to the course start date.

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Canopy Tour

Explore the woodlands along the Catawba River from the various platforms of the Canopy Tour. Sky bridges, cargo net climbs, zip-lines and more make up the aerial challenges you’ll face on this guided tour.

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Event Planning

Plan your group outing.

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Carolina Rock Climbing

Explore the sport of rock climbing in the Appalachian foothills on this 5-day vertical adventure. Based out of Pilot Mountain State Park, our course instructors will lead you on numerous climbs of varying difficulties while teaching you the basics of climbing, knot-tying, route set-up, backcountry camping, and the use of appropriate equipment. This mentally and physically-demanding course will test your limits as well as develop participant’s leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

Course Information:
  • Price: $550 per person
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Ages: 14-17, 18+
  • Minimum capacity: 6
  • Maximum capacity: 8
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged
Course Awareness:

During this course you should expect to be caring a backpack that could weigh up to 45 lbs on uneven terrain. This course will also involve multiple days of technical top rope rock climbing. You should be ready to be on your feet for up to nine hours a day.

Skills Introduced & Utilized:
  • Knot tying
  • Belaying
  • Route planning
  • Anchor Systems
  • Reading rock formations
  • Camp site preparation
  • Backcountry cooking
  • Proper packing
  • Land navigation
  • Leadership
  • Group communication
  • Group bonding
  • Self confidence
  • Team trust
Step 1: Choose 2014 Dates
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED
Step 2: Payment

Guests can choose to pay in-full or place a 50% deposit for a program date. To pay in-full, please select a course date in Step 1 and follow payment instructions. To place a 50% deposit, please call Guests Services at 704.391.3922 or pay in-person at the USNWC. All outstanding balances must be paid at least 14 days prior to your trip date.

  • Refund Policy:
    • 25% of course fee is non-refundable within 14 days of trip date
    • 50% of total course fee is non-refundable in 15 or more days of the trip date
Step 3: Adventure Travel Forms

Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the USNWC with all the required forms. Please complete and return all forms. All forms must be completed and returned 14 days prior to the course start date.

Learn

The U.S. National Whitewater Center located in Charlotte, NC offers a range of outdoor programs designed to educate children of all ages, families, aspiring outdoor guides, groups and individuals in a convenient and professional environment. Take advantage of our one-of-a-kind facility by choosing from more than 20 programs for certification, education, team development and rescue and survival training.

Kid Adventure Programs

Kayak Instruction

Survival School

Swiftwater Rescue

USNWC Swiftwater Rescue Courses

USNWC Continuing Education Swiftwater Rescue Clinics

USNWC Boat Maneuver Courses

American Canoe Association (ACA) – Swiftwater Rescue Courses

Climbing Instruction

Certification and Training

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Custom Adventures

Our Custom Adventures courses allow groups ranging from corporate to school groups to work closely with our Adventure Travels staff to create a custom adventure experience tailored to your group’s needs. Using the wilderness setting to remove you and your team from daily distractions, participants will gain experience in backcountry travel while exploring personal growth, team development, and leadership skills. Groups will work as a team to create daily schedules and goals, prepare campsites and food, discuss qualities of leadership, and learn core backcountry skills while enjoying the beauty of nature. Adventures can include any number of the following activities; backpacking, rafting, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, stand up paddleboarding and surfing in locations local or worldwide.

Course Information

  • Price: Based on adventure
  • Duration: Flexible (minimum of 2 days)
  • Ages:  12+
  • Minimum Participant: 6
  • Maximum Participants: Varies on adventure
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged
  • Contact us at info@usnwc.org for more information.

Course Awareness

During this trip you will be expected to carry a backpack that could weigh as much as 45 lbs on uneven terrain for up to 9 hours in addition to camping and sleeping in tents on the ground in a wilderness setting.

Skills Introduced and Utilized: 

  • Camp Craft (backcountry cooking, tent set up, site selection)
  • Fire-Building
  • Leadership
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Proper Packing
  • Land Navigation
  • Communication
  • Self-Discovery
  • Self Confidence

Contact the USNWC Outdoor School for more information and registering your team for a trip. 704.391.3900 ext. 287

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Roanoke River Kayaking

Spend 7 days with USNWC instructors, sea kayaking down the Roanoke River through the Coastal Plains to the Outer Banks. Home to the largest intact bottomland hardwood swamp forest east of the Mississippi, this area is rich in a variety of unique plants and wildlife. On your journey you will camp along the river on wooden platforms hovering above the swamp and on the sandy beaches in the Outer Banks.

Course Information

  • Price: $899 per person
    • We do advise participants to bring no more than $50 if they would like to purchase anything outside what is included.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Ages: 14 – 17,  18+
  • Minimum capacity: 6
  • Maximum capacity: 10
  • Transport from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can be arranged

Course Awareness

During this trip you will be expected to be in a boat paddling for up to 10+ miles a day. Camp and sleep in tents in a wilderness setting. Good physical fitness preparation will be important to your success of this trip.

Skills Introduced and Utilized:

  • Camp Craft
  • Kayak Instruction
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Water Safety
  • Traveling Light
  • Land and Water Navigation
  • Camp Site Selection
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Leadership
  • Group Communication
  • Self Confidence
  • Team Trust

Step 1: Choose 2014 Course Dates

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED

Step 2: Payment

Guests can choose to pay in-full or place a 50% deposit for a program date.  To pay in-full, please select a course date in Step 1 and follow payment instructions.  To place a 50% deposit, please call Guests Services at 704.391.3922 or pay in-person at the USNWC.  All outstanding balances must be paid at least 14 days prior to your trip date.

  • Refund Policy:
    • 25% of total course fee is non-refundable in 15 days or more prior to the trip start date
    • 50% of course fee is non-refundable within 14 days of trip date

Step 3: Adventure Travel Forms

Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the USNWC with all the required forms.  Please complete and return all forms.  All forms must be completed and returned 14 days prior to the course start date.

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Local Accommodations

A partner and convenient location from the USNWC, the Fairfield Inn at Northlake Mall is the perfect overnight spot for those looking to spend more than a few hours in the area.

Events

If you are looking for cool events in Charlotte, NC there is no better spot than the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Whether we are hosting an outdoor music festival, an international kayak competition, an adventure sports film screening or even a trail race; there is always something exciting happening at the USNWC.

Stay up to date with our events:

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Mega Zip

The Mega-Zip, a 1,200-foot zip-line, soars over the Class III and IV whitewater rapids. Fun for all ages, the Mega-Zip is one of the most popular activities at the USNWC.

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Matrimony

Saturday, September 20

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

http://www.matrimonync.com/

It’s said that a great band is like a gang or perhaps a family, united by music, sweat, passion, and blood. That is certainly the case with Matrimony, an exhilarating new band whose interpersonal connections run far deeper than your average combo. Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Ashlee Hardee Brown and Jimmy Brown, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based band are accompanied by Hardee Brown’s talented brothers, Jordan and CJ, resulting in an intuitive collaboration that is both immediately affective and utterly their own. “MONTIBELLO DRIVE,” the band’s eagerly anticipated debut album, takes its title from the Hardee family abode, a bucolic homestead where multiple generations of friends and family all sang and played together. Fraught with collaborative chemistry and determined artlessness, songs like “Last Love” and “Obey Your Guns” ring out with Matrimony’s astonishing communal spirit, their tight harmonies and intuitive musical telepathy born of true love and a shared lifetime.

“We have this understanding among each other that we don’t always have to communicate with words,” says Hardee Brown. “And that just naturally comes out when we’re all in the same room, making music together.”

The Northern Irish-born Brown initially made his way to the States via China, accompanying a real estate developer friend on a business trip that wound up in Charlotte. He played guitar in a fellow Belfast ex-pat’s band while simultaneously working on his own songs with a rotating roster of local musicians. One of them, a certain Jordan Hardee, suggested Brown meet his sister Ashlee, herself a gifted singer/songwriter. The two hit it off from the jump, co-writing a song their very first time together, ultimately tying the knot in July 2010 in North Carolina. As they continued to pursue their respective musical careers, both soon realized that there was little point traveling separate roads when they should in fact be sharing the journey.

“It really wasn’t about anything other than us wanting to be together,” Brown says. “We realized that there wasn’t much point in being together if we were both going to do music separately. So we decided to make music together.”

Matrimony began their musical life as a duo, performing in clubs and cafes around Charlotte. Brown veered from electric guitar to acoustic, while Hardee Brown adapted her indie influences to fit a folkier frame. 2010’s “THE STORM & THE EYE” EP was quickly recorded, earning the couple considerable local acclaim for their melding of rock, country, gospel, and the great Irish and American folk traditions. To replicate the EP on stage, Matrimony absorbed other musicians and friends into their live sets, coalescing with the official membership of Ashlee’s brothers CJ (banjo, mandolin) and the aforementioned Jordan on drums.

“Both my brothers put their own spin on it, just with their own talents and musical abilities,” Hardee Brown says. “Once we finally found that mesh, the band took the course we’d always imagined it would.”

Matrimony performed relentlessly, sharing the stage with a diverse range of acts from Langhorn Slim to Passion Pit. They refined their distinctive sound by cutting a series of demos, both at home as well as with producer (and Interpol drummer) Sam Fogarino at his Normal Studio in Athens, Georgia. In July 2012, the band headed for Nashville to finally begin their full-length debut, this time with Jay Joyce (Brandi Carlile, Cage the Elephant, Eric Church) at the helm. The sessions had barely gotten underway when a mighty summer storm hit Music City and almost put the kibosh on the entire project.

“We were in the studio and this huge BANG happened,” Brown says. “Everybody’s ears popped, but we knew it was just lightning so we just kept working.”

When Matrimony and Joyce eventually emerged, they were shocked to discover that the lightning strike had in fact sparked a tiny fire in a bird’s nest on the home studio’s rain gutter. Five smoldering hours later, the eave was well and truly ablaze.

“I jumped up on the roof with a hose and we started trying to put it out,” Brown says. “But the flames would not go down, they were just getting higher, so we jumped off and called the fire brigade. By the time they got there the whole roof was on fire.”

Matrimony returned to Charlotte while the studio was repaired, reconvening in September to resume recording. Fortunately, the sessions went without further natural disaster, with Joyce capturing the band’s on-stage intimacy by recording most of the album live in the studio.

“It was really enjoyable,” Brown says. “It felt like we were recording downstairs at our friend’s house. I think Jay understood where we were coming from. It felt like he was another band member really.”

The songs of “MONTIBELLO DRIVE” reverberate with memory and feeling, embodied in both the band’s layered instrumental interplay as well as the Browns’ individual talents for powerful, evocative lyricism.

“This record kind of sums up where we’ve been,” Hardee Brown says. “We all grew a lot, just living there, so there’s a lot of emotion that runs through the songs.”

Brown points to his beloved’s haunting “Giant” as the album’s defining moment. “There’s just some kind of magic on that one,” he says. “Everything about it, the words are a little dark, it’s got this section in it that’s really vibing and cool, I just love playing that song.”

“I think it’s one of those songs that feels really genuine and really real,” Hardee Brown says. “Just the fact that I was able to write a song that captures who I am as a songwriter and put it on an album like this means a lot to me.”

For her part, Hardee Brown returns the compliment by noting Brown’s buoyant “Southern Skies” as one of her personal favorites. “That song speaks a lot to where we are and how we grew up,” she says. “Plus it’s always fun to play live.”

Having made an album that sings of home, Matrimony are now poised for life on the road. This band of lovers and brothers are keen to bring the sublime songs and extraordinary character of “MONTIBELLO DRIVE” to the stage, where their camaraderie and connection come full to the fore.

“We just want to write great songs and we want to play,” Brown says. “It’s not about anything else. We love traveling together and hanging out, there’s no bigger dream for us than just being able to write great songs and play them as much as possible.”

“Me and my brothers, we always knew we wanted to be in a band together,” says Hardee Brown. “I guess it’s worked out. Everything just fell into place.”

For more information, please visit our Festival & Concert FAQ.
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2013/2014 Kayaking Pool Sessions

Held at the Dowd YMCA, indoor pools are an ideal setting to safely develop and hone your kayaking skills. Our professional kayak instructors will work with all skill levels (must be at least 10 years old). Please remember to bring a swimsuit and the USNWC will provide all other necessary equipment and instruction.

Available dates:

  • December 6
  • 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, January through March
    • January 3 and 17
    • February 7 and 21
    • March 7 and 21
  • Location: Dowd YMCA
  • Time:
    • 5:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.
    • 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • Pricing:
    • $30 per session
    • $25 per session for YMCA Members

Registration Details:

  • December/January registration is now available.
  • February/March registration will open on Dec.1 for YMCA members and Dec. 15 for non-members.
  • To register:
    • YMCA Members: please call 704.716.6111
    • Non-members: please visit the Dowd YMCA branch
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Carolina Classic MTB Races

Take your pick between a single speed or cross country bike during the Carolina Classic Mountain Bike Races. Both races will have one-lap (9-10 miles) or two-lap (18-20 miles) options throughout the USNWC trail system. The two-lap single speed race also serves as the North Carolina Single Speed State Championship Race.

Event Info:

  • Date: November 9
  • Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Distance: 18-20 miles

Results:

  • Single Speed Results (PDF)
  • Cross Country Results (PDF)

Registration: 

  • Single Speed:
    • One lap – $22 (Race Day Registration = $32)
    • Two lap – $27 (Race Day Registration = $37)
  • Cross Country:
    • One lap – $22 (Race Day Registration = $32)
    • Two lap – $27 (Race Day Registration = $37)
  • Both races:
    • Two lap – $40 (Race Day Registration = $50)

Race Day Schedule:

Cross Country 

  • 8:00 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 8:45 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:00 a.m. – Cross Country Race starts
  • 11:45 a.m. – Cross Country course closes

Single Speed 

  • 8:00 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 11:15 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 11:30 a.m. – Single Speed Race starts
  • 2:30 p.m. – Single Speed course closes

Post-Race: Be sure to stick around after the race for food, drinks and awards.

Awards: Awards will be given to the top three finishers in the following categories:

Cross Country & Single Speed

  • Juniors
  • Open Women
  • Beginner Men
  • Open Men

Course Map:

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Volunteering: Interested in volunteering? Contact Adam Bratton at abratton@usnwc.org.

Additional Event Info:

  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • Participants must bring ID to consume alcohol during post-race
  • Locker rooms are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered

Sponsors:
noda

cross-fit

bike-source

phrs

Brand Vizion Marketing

rei

Mountain Khakis

Salomon

Suunto

floydfest

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obnc

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Wild Vine Trail Race

Before a fun-filled day at Uncorked, throw on your running shoes for the Wild Vine Trail Race.  Compete in either the 5k or Half Marathon distances through our woodland trail system along the Catawba River.  Be sure to hang around for an afternoon of wine sampling and live music at the USNWC.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Date – Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • Distance – 5K and Half Marathon options
  • Time
    • 10:00 a.m. – Half Marathon
    • 11:15 a.m. – 5K

REGISTRATION:

5K Distance

  • $30 – Pre-registration through September 24
  • $60 – Pre-registration through September 24 (Uncorked sampling tickets included)
  • $36 – Race day registration (if available)
  • $66 – Race-day registration (if available) through September 24 (Uncorked sampling tickets included)
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by Sept 18.

Half Marathon Distance

  • $50 – Pre-registration through September 24
  • $80 – Pre-registration through September 24 (Uncorked sampling tickets included)
  • $60 – Race day registration (if available)
  • $90 – Race-day registration (if available) through September 24 (Uncorked sampling tickets included)
  • *Note: ALL Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by Sept 18.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, September 26

  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Packet pick-up at TrySports South Park
  • *Race Day Registration will be available during packet pick-up
  • *Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines

Saturday, September 27

  • 8:45 a.m. – Wild Vine (5K & Half Marathon) race-day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Half Marathon race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 10:00 a.m. – Wild Vine Half Marathon Starts
  • 10:45 a.m. – 5K race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 11:15 a.m. – Wild Vine 5K Starts
  • TBD Time – 5K and Half Marathon awards ceremony
  • 1:00 p.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

POST-RACE:

Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, raffle prizes and awards as well as the USNWC’s Uncorked Wine Festival

AWARDS:

All Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal.

TrySports gift certificates will be given to top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories for both the 5K and the Half Marathon distances:

  • 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55 and better

COURSE MAP:

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VOLUNTEERING:

Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.

SPONSORS:

TRYSPORT LOGO-2-fin-MAY1612

OrthoCarolina

noda

recover2

dicks_colorWeb

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Salomon

Mountain Khakis

cross-fit

phrs

urc

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ADDITIONAL EVENT INFO:

  • Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by September 18
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for water stop locations
  • Locker rooms are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • There will be no gear/bag check at the start/finish for this race
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered
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Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

Due to the weather forecast, Rumble in the Concrete Jungle has been moved from Saturday (Jan. 11) to Sunday (Jan. 12).

Rumble in the Concrete Jungle is a unique event that will include several disciplines of bicycle racing, each taking place in and around the drained whitewater channels of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. All types of bikes are permitted.

The Downhill Race will be a time trial from the top of the channel to the bottom. The course will be designed to maximize the full potential of the banked whitewater channels.  Each participant will be given two timed runs; the best time will be used for scoring.  The participant with the fastest time will be named the winner.

Following the Downhill Race will be a Short-Track Bike Race. The course will be similar to the downhill course with added mileage to create a circuit which will be raced for 40-minutes.  In this mass start race, riders will turn out as many laps as possible during the allotted time period, and all racers will finish on the leader’s last lap.

Event Details:
  • Date: Saturday, January 12, 2014
  • Race 1: Downhill Race
    • Time Trial
    • 2 runs per rider, best time is scored
    • No separate divisions for different types of bikes
  • Race 2: Short-Track Bike Race
    • Mass Start
    • 40 minute race
    • Most laps wins
    • No separate divisions for different types of bikes
  • Course: See Below
    • Note: This is a non-traditional bike race and weather will dictate much of the course. The final course layout will be decided on race morning. We encourage participants to come early on race day to practice. Plan accordingly and be ready to adapt on race day.

Results:
  • Short-Track Results (PDF)
  • Downhill Results (PDF)

Registration:
  • $20 – Pre-registration AVAILABLE ONLINE through January 9 (Both races are included in registration)
  • $25 – Race Day Registration (if available)
  • Note: Race giveaways are only available to those who register by January 2.
  • *Note: This race is part of the 2014 Coca-Cola GET ACTIVE CHALLENGE
Schedule: Due to the weather forecast, Rumble in the Concrete Jungle has been moved from Saturday (Jan. 11) to Sunday (Jan. 12).
  • 10:30 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 10:30 a.m. – Course opens for practice laps
  • 11:45 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 11:45 a.m. – Course closes for practice laps
  • 11:45 a.m. – Mandatory pre-race meeting
  • 12:00 p.m. – Downhill Race begins
  • TBD – Short-Track Mountain Bike Race will begin immediately following the Downhill Race
Post-Race:

Be sure to stick around for raffle prizes and awards as well as a beer from Oskar Blues for all participants (21+) and food/drink for purchase.

Awards:

Various awards will be given to top 3 finishers in the following categories

  • Downhill Race – Juniors, Female Open, Male Beginner, Male Open
  • Short-Track Bike Race – Juniors, Female Open, Male Beginner, Male Open

Tentative Course Maps:

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Volunteering:

Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.

Sponsors:

TRYSPORT LOGO-2-fin-MAY1612

OrthoCarolina

noda

dicks_colorWeb

Salomon

Mountain Khakis

cross-fit

phrs

obnc

bike-source

urc

Additional Event Info:
  • All BMX riders must remove pegs from bikes before entering the channels.
  • Race giveaways are only guaranteed to those who register by January 2.
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating.
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed.
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of the bike to receive accurate scoring.
  • Locker rooms with shower facilities are located at the main USNWC River Center.
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director.
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40.
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc. are prohibited for the safety of all participants.
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Color Me Green 5K

Dodge green dye throughout Color Me Green, a challenging 5K trail race with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. This untimed race, which will take place on Saturday, March 15, challenges runners to avoid being bombarded with green dye as they run through the USNWC trail system. We recommend that runners wear white t-shirts as awards will be given to the cleanest and the greenest shirts.

Event Details:
  • Date - Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • Distance - 5K
  • Time - 10:00 a.m.

Registration:
  • $35 – Pre-registration available online through March 12
  • $42 – Race day registration (if available)
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by March 5.
  • *Note: This race is part of the 2014 Coca-Cola GET ACTIVE CHALLENGE
Schedule:

Thursday, March 13

  • 5 – 8 p.m. – Packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • *Note: We highly encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day line
  • *Note: Race day registration is available during this packet pick-up

Friday, March 14

  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Packet pick-up at NoDa Brewing Company
  • *Note: We highly encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
  • *Note: Race day registration is available during this packet pick-up

Saturday, March 15

  • 8:00 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 10:00 a.m. – Color Me Green 5K begins
  • 10:45 a.m.  – Awards – Top 5 Overall Male/Female and Greenest/Cleanest awards
  • 11:00 a.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
Post-Race:

Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, raffle prizes, awards, beer from NoDa Brewing Co., massages from Charlotte Body Works, as well as the USNWC’s 4th annual Green River Revival. Also, make sure to swing by the TapSnap Phototainment Booth to get a free picture of you and your friends after the Color Me Green 5K and throughout the Green River Revival.

Awards:

Color Me Green is an untimed trail race and traditional age group awards will not be given out. We will however, be giving out awards (Salomon Trail Running shoes TrySports gift certificates, Columbia gear, etc) to the top 5 overall Male and Female finisher as well as prizes to the greenest and cleanest participants. Various bibs will also be randomly tagged with Mountain Khakis stickers for raffle prizes along with hundreds of dollars in Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificates regardless of participants finishing place.

Course Map (Updated from 2013):

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2013 Video:

Volunteering or Sponsoring:

Interested in volunteering or sponsoring? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.

Photos:
2014 Results:
2013 Results:
Sponsors:

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OrthoCarolina

noda

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Salomon

Mountain Khakis

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phrs

urc

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Additional Event Info:
  • Green Dye used during this race is corn starch that has been colored with food dye. It is 100% biodegradable.
  • We recommend washing your clothes soon after the race to reduce the chances of stains.
  • This is an untimed race - You are responsible for keeping your own time if you want to know your results
  • Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by March 5
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • See course map for water station location
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • There will be no gear/bag check at the start/finish for this race
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered
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River Jam Run: Race Edition

Break out of your typical work and exercise routine by competing in a weekday trail race that will take place once a month, May through September. Each race in the series will offer both a 3-mile and 6-mile distance. Awards will be given to winners of each race as well as to the series wide winners. Participants must race in a minimum of three races of the same distance to be considered for the series title and prizes. Each race will be limited to 200 participants. Following the race, stick around for live music during our River Jam concert series.

Event Details:
  • Date - 2nd Thursday of each month (May-September, 2014)
  • Distance - 3-mile and 6-mile options
  • Time - 6:15 p.m.

Registration:
  • $10 – Pre-registration available online
  • $20 – Pre-registration, t-shirt included available online
  • $15 – Race day registration (if available)
  • $25 – Race day registration, t-shirt included (if available)
  • Note: Each race will be limited to 200 participants
Schedule:

Race Dates:

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014
    • Pre-registration available through May 6
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014
    • Pre-registration available through June 10
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014
    • Pre-registration available through July 8
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    • Pre-registration available through August 13
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    • Pre-registration available through September 10

Race Day Schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Race day registration and packet pickup begins
  • 6:00 p.m. – Race day registration and packet pickup ends
  • 6:15 p.m. – River Jam Run - Race Edition begins (Both distances)
  • Time TBD – 3-mile and 6-mile awards ceremony
  • 7:45 p.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
Post-Race:

Be sure to stick around for awards, massages from Charlotte Bodyworks as well as live music during the River Jam concert series.

Awards:
  • TrySports and Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificates will be given to top 3 overall Male/Female finishers for both the 3-mile and 6-mile distances each race.
  • Montrail Shoes, TrySports and Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificates will also be given to the top 3 overall Male/Female series winners.
  • Participants must compete in at least 3 of the 5 River Jam Run: Race Edition of the same distance events to be considered for a series award.

Course Map:

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Volunteering:

Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.

Results

Sponsors:

TRYSPORT LOGO-2-fin-MAY1612

OrthoCarolina

noda

recover2

dicks_colorWeb

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Salomon

Mountain Khakis

cross-fit

phrs

urc

Belmont.jpg

CharlotteBodyWorks.jpg

omni

sunski

earthfare

Additional Event Info:
  • Note: There will be no water stops on these course
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate place finish
  • Locker rooms are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • There will be no gear/bag check at the start/finish for this race
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered
USNWC Craft Beer Dinner

Craft Beer Dinner

Beer Tasting & Dinner Information:

Head out to the USNWC on Friday, March 22 to celebrate Charlotte Craft Beer Week with a dinner and craft beer tasting. Representatives from both Bells Brewery and Allagash Brewing Company will assist in pairing four beer samples with small plates prepared by our chef, Joe Marx.

Details:

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Tuck Fest

The first annual Tuck Fest is a three-day outdoor festival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) that features live music, games and races on our 400-acre facility

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Tuck Fest Events

All about the events during Tuck Fest – what you need to know, bring and be ready for during Tuck Fest.

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Brew Stash Bash

A U.S. National Whitewater Center Craft Beer Tasting Event.

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The Chemist

Saturday, July 6

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The Chemist is composed of musicians drawn from several Charlotte Bands including Actual Proof, Asleep in the Weeds, and Chasing Edison.  The group’s music grooves hard and is inspired by bands and artsit such as Soulive, Lettuce, John Scofield, Chic Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Jeff Beck.

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Beast Feast

Come hungry to Beast Feast, a food truck competition and festival hosted at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on Saturday, August 10. The festival will feature food trucks from the Charlotte area, each competing with the USNWC and the other trucks to determine a grand prize winner. The Amphibious Duathlon will kick off the festival, followed by food sampling and live music.

*To vote for your favorite food truck, click here.

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, August 10
  • Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Price:
    • Live music: free and open to the public
    • Food truck sampling: $5 for four tickets

Event Schedule:

Food Truck Participants:

Click here to view the menus.

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Amphibious Duathlon

Make your way to the finish line by land and water during the inaugural Amphibious challenge. This race features two 5K trail runs before and after a 2K flatwater paddle around Sadler Island in the Catawba River. Race details can be found here.

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Quadzilla Relay Race

This four-part relay race features three individual legs of stand-up paddleboarding, whitewater kayaking and mountain biking, followed by team rafting to the finish line. Race details can be found here.

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Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Purveyors of original Funk since 2002, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band zoomed onto festival stages nationwide, fueled by a heavy mix of powerful original compositions, triumphant horns, laid back grooves and heavy backbeats. Having fun and feeling good is the philosophy of this Asheville, NC 5 piece band, and colorful costumes and interactive stage personalities are all part of the show. Proclaiming that their goal is to shake the world, one cheek at a time, when the Booty Band hits the stage, everybody dances!

The group has been together for a full decade, performing well over 150 shows and completing three to four national tours each year. With a new album in the works at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC (projected release date: Sept 2013), a remix album entitled Re-Doin’ It Hard released Sept 2012, and Summer tour in full swing, they are definitely artists to watch. Re-Doin‘ It Hard features some of the band’s favorite DJ‘s including Agent 23 (GFE and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), DJ leSpam (Spam Allstars), and Lee “InstaFunk” Allen (Booty Band and Eymarel) adding their distinctive perpectives to select tracks from their new album.

Doin’ It Hard, their sophomore studio release, is a reflection of the Booty Band’s approach to music, touring, performing, and to life in general. Recorded at City of Progress Studios in Miami, FL under the cultivated ear of DJ leSpam, Doin’ It Hard is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band – next-generation, redefined for a new decade. Doin’ It Hard is available in 12” vinyl, compact disc, and digital download.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is (left to right): Lee Allen (drums), Al Al Ingram (bass, vocals), JP Miller (guitar, vocals), Mary Frances (keys, vocals), and Derrick Johnson (trombone).

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Tone Blazers

Thursday, September 5

www.toneblazers.com

ToneBlazers are an award winning group based in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.  Their repertoire is an Americana mix of their own original material.  The ToneBlazer’s performances include Merlefest, Riverhawk Music Festival, Songs of the Mountain (PBS series), King Pup Syndicated Radio, Red White and Bluegrass Festival, Albino Skunk Festival, Plum Hollow Festival, Chomp & Stomp Festival, and winning the Charlotte Music Awards in Americana/Bluegrass category.  Their debut album, Red Clay Roots, was released in 2011 on Little King Records and their second release is Grass Roots also on the Little King Record Label.

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Jared Allan & Company

Saturday, September 14

www.jaredallan.com

Jared Allan & Company is a unique music ensemble that creates its own genre, combining influences of folk, bluegrass, rock, and R & B into one energetic flow. Imagine a folk singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals teaming up with a classically-trained percussionist of unmatched experience and the energy of a skilled conga/bongo/African drum player. Add an occasional piano, lead guitar, and/or bassist to the mix and you have got the eclectic blend that is Jared Allan & Co. With each song’s powerful back-beat, explosive tempo-changes, and soulful lyrics, you will be singing along and tapping your feet for days.

Jared Allan & Co. began as a solo project in Charlotte, North Carolina, and escaladed into a two-, three-, four-, and sometimes five-man band. Priding themselves on original music, they now have fans and supporters all over the city singing along to any number of their more than 30 original songs. In less than a year, the group has made its mark in the Charlotte area. They play 5-9 shows per week, ranging from small wine gatherings to notable outdoor events. You can catch the guys playing from Jersey to Georgia and the Mississippi to the Atlantic, but generally, in the greater North Carolina area.

In contrast to the bands with a rhythm, lead, and bass guitar, vocals, and drums, these three guys pull off a full sound with two drummers, a guitar, harmonica, and vocals. When the piano or bassist sit in, it is even more astounding. The focus is on the expression of their music.

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WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon

Put your physical and mental strength to the test with the WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon at the USNWC, the premier endurance race in the greater Charlotte region. Spanning through the entire facility, this multi-lap course offers 50K and 50-mile options

Festival in the Park

USNWC Trailer at the 48th annual Festival in the Park

This fun filled event is designed to promote and stimulate interest in the arts, music, culture and community.

Robert Randolf & the Family Band

Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Name Your Price – Fri., Sept. 28

Robert Randolph & the Family Band at The U.S. National Whitewater Center

USNWC Microbrews Cruise

Microbrews Cruise – 2012 Schedule

Sunset paddle along the Catawba River followed by a fireside dinner with craft beer tastings.

River Bound Race Series

2012 River Bound Race Series

Trail Race Series that is a joint production between North Carolina Outward Bound and the USNWC