Memorial Day Trail Race | U.S. National Whitewater Center

Memorial Day Trail Race

There’s no better way to kick of the holiday weekend festivities than a run through the woods. Jump in on the 5-mile or 8-mile race through the USNWC trail system, then stick around for a day full of live music and outdoor adventure at the Memorial Day Celebration.

Event Details:

  • Date – Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Distance – 5-mile and 8-mile
  • Time – 9:00 a.m. (BOTH distances)


  • Pre-Registration – Must register by May 26
    • $30 – 5 Mile
    • $35 – 8 Mile
  • Race-Day Registration – if available
    • $37 – 5 Mile
    • $42 – 8 Mile
  • *Note: Recover brands shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by May 22


Friday, May 27

  • 5:00-7:00pm – Packet pick-up at NoDa Brewing Company
  • *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
  • *Note: Registrants 21+ will receive a frosty treat at Friday night packet pick up

Sunday, May 29

  • 7:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 8:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:00am – Memorial Day Trail Race begins
  • 10:15am – 5-mile awards ceremony
  • Time TBD – 8-mile awards ceremony
  • 11:30am – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, raffle prizes, awards and the USNWC’s Memorial Day Festival.


Awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers in the following age groups:

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

2015 Results

2014 Results

2013 Results

Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • 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. Lauren Richardson November 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    USNWC Folks —

    Hope all is well! I am reaching out to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for your 2016 Memorial Day Trail race. If you have any sort of partnership packet or event information you can send my way, or are open to hopping on the phone to discuss that would be fantastic!

    Thanks so much.

    Lauren Richardson

    FYI: I got a bounce back from the race director email!

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