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 – UPDATED on 5/3/16 – Packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • *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
  • 8:30pm – Whitewater Film Series film screening – Ride the Divide

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 Celebration.


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.


2016 Results

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. Keith May 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Now that I have missed the online registration, will there be any openings for race day?

    • usnwcadmin May 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Hey Keith, race day registration will be available on Sunday morning.

  2. Stephanie May 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Is it possible to switch events at packet pick up on Sunday? My son is registered for the 5 mile but is now wanting to do the 8 mile race. Thanks.

    • usnwcadmin May 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Hey Stephanie, please see one of our representatives at packet pickup about the switch on Sunday morning.

      • Stephanie May 26, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        Thanks so much!

  3. Mike May 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve had an injury that will prevent me from completing the 8 mile race. Is it possible to switch to the 5 mile race?


    • usnwcadmin May 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hey Mike, please mail your inquiry to to make this change in registration.

  4. Alvaro January 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Hi ,

    I would like to participate in Memorial TRAIL RACE, but I have some question.
    1.- I’m From Chile, and in this date I’ll be ijn Charlotte , is possible to bring the Packet pick-up the same day of the event??, because I’ll arrive to Charlotte Saturday 28
    2.- Is open to foreing people?

    Thanks for all


    • usnwcadmin January 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Alvara, you will be able to pick up your packet on race day prior to the start and registration is open to everyone who would like to participate. Thanks

  5. 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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