A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race

Glowsticks, neon, and lasers illuminate the trails and set the tone for this nighttime race. Participants will take on either a 5K or 10K distance through the Whitewater Center trail system. After the race, stick around for awards, fire pits, and music at the Pump House Biergarten.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Distance: 5K and 10K
  • Time: 6:30pm


  • Pre-registration – Last day to pre-register is November 18, 2020
    • $32 – 5K distance
    • $37 – 10K distance
  • Day-of registration
    • $37 – 5K distance
    • $42 – 10K distance
  • All participants are required to wear a headlamp or carry an illumination light source
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before November 15, 2020
  • Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Pump House Biergarten


  • Thursday, November 19
    • 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Optional Packet pick-up
    • Location – TBD
    • We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
    • Race Day Registration will be available during packet pick-up
  • Friday, November 20
    • 5:00pm – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins – Pump House Biergarten
    • 5:15pm – Projected sunset
    • 6:15pm – Race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
    • 6:30pm – 5K & 10K starts
    • TBD – 5K awards ceremony
    • TBD – 10K awards ceremony
    • 8:15pm – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
    • 9:00pm – Pump House Biergarten food and beverage ends


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


2019 Results




Additional Event Info:

  • Volunteers 
  • Waiver Policy 
    • May be printed and brought to packet pick-up or completed on site.  
    • The waiver is not included in the online registration form.  
  • 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/Participant items 
    • 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 
    • Applies to participant shirts, finisher’s awards and age group/overall 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 Marking 
    • Designated race course will be denoted by colored arrows. 
    • Color associated with specific route will be communicated during prerace announcements.  
    • Whenever possible, mile markers will be present along the course. 
    • Whitewater Race Series events take place on multiple surfaces, including natural surface trails over uneven terrain. As such, race distances and mile markers are approximate. 
    • Your personal mileage may vary. It is our goal to ensure that you travel at no less than the posted mileage for a given race.  
  • 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 
    • Communicate when passing other trail users 
    • No pets allowed on the course 
    • No E-bikes or any form of powered transportation will be allowed in any Whitewater Race Series events 
    • During events taking place after sunset, all participants are required to carry/wear a light source.  
  • Race Bibs 
    • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time 
  • Pacers 
    • Unless otherwise stated in the event specific race document, pacers are not allowed in Whitewater Race Series events 
    • When pacers are allowed, pacers must check in/register with the Race Director and complete an assumption of risk agreement 
  • Aid Stations 
    • See Course Map for aid station locations 
    • Unless otherwise indicated, aid stations will consist of water only 
    • Plan accordingly if you think you may require additional hydration or nutrition during the race 
  • Weather Policy 
    • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine. The Whitewater Center reserves the right to alter/reschedule/cancel any Whitewater Race Series event.
    • Any changes or cancellations will be communicated via email by the Race Director.
  • Parking Policy 
    • All guests are required to pay a $6 parking fee at the Whitewater Center unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the Whitewater Center for $50 
  • Emergency Policy 
    • The Whitewater Center does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants must call 911 if emergency vehicles and operations are needed. There are emergency location markers to communicate where emergency personnel can find you 


U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 | info@usnwc.org