A Shot in the Dark

Break out your headlamp (or flashlight) and running shoes for the 4th annual A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race. Once the sun has set and the trails are dark, participants take on the 5k or 10k distance through the trail system along the Catawba River. Stick around after the race to enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, and a nice tall beer next to the bonfire. Be sure to join us for an evening of brisk night running at the USNWC.

Event Details:

  • Date – Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Distance – 5K and 10K
  • Time – 6:15 p.m.


  • Pre-registration through November 9
    • $30 – 5K distance
    • $35 – 10K distance
  • Race day registration (if available)
    • $37 – 5K distance
    • $42 – 10K distance
  • *Note: All participants are required to wear a headlamp or carry an illumination light source
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by November 5


Thursday, November 9

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00pm – Optional Packet pick-up
    • Location – TBD
    • *Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
    • *Note: “Race Day Registration” will be available during packet pick-up

Friday, November 10

  • 4:30 p.m. – Race-day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 5:20 p.m. – Projected sunset
  • 5:45 p.m. – Race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 6:15 p.m. – 5K & 10K starts
  • TBD – 5K awards ceremony
  • TBD – 10K awards ceremony
  • 7:45 p.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
  • 9:00 p.m.  – Pump House Biergarten food and beverage ends


Be sure to stick around for bon-fires, hot chocolate, s’mores, beer from NoDa Brewing Co., raffle prizes and awards.


Awards will be given to top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories for both the 5K and the 10K distances:

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


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

2016 Results

2015 Results

2014 Results




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Additional Event Info:

  • All participants are required to wear a head lamp or carry an illumination light source
  • Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by November 6
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Whitewater Race Series Refund and Transfer Policy:
    • Race Registration is non-refundable
    • A 100% registration transfer may be requested 2 months (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org
    • A 50% registration transfer may  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
  • There will not be a gear/bag drop at the start/finish for this race
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt/shorts to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for aid station locations
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • 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

Questions / Comments

  1. scott March 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm


    • Jimmy Lawler March 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Hey Scott,
      Camping will not be permitted for this event. Click HERE for our list of available sleeping accommodations.

  2. Cydney November 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I know that dogs are not allowed on the race trail, but are they allowed at the post-race events?

    • Jimmy Lawler November 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Hey Cydney,
      Dogs are allowed at our facility as long as they are on a leash.

  3. Scott November 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Can people that are NOT in the race come to enjoy the bond-fire, S’mores, hot chocolate, beer without having to pay & participate in the race?

    And if so, are headlamps still required after the race at the bondfire?

    • Jimmy Lawler November 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Hey Scott,
      Anyone is welcome to participate in post-race festivities. Headlamps are not required for spectators.

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