The Dry Tri

Paddle, bike, run. The second annual Dry Tri subs out swim caps and goggles for kayaks and paddles. Competitors will begin the race with a 1.25 mile sit-on-top flatwater kayak around Sadler Island on the Catawba River, followed by a 9+mi bike and 5K run through the USNWC’s trail system. Take on the challenge as an individual or grab your friends and compete in a relay team of two or three.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday September 2, 2017
  • Distance – 1.25m Flatwater Kayak Paddle, 9.3mi Mountatin Bike, 5K Trail Run
    • *Note: There is a 1/3 dirt/gravel run between the Paddle leg and Transition
    • *Note: An older pair of running shoes are recommended but not required for this brief running section
  • Time – 8:00 a.m.


  • Pre-Registration – Must register by August 31
    • $30 – Individual
    • $50 – Relay team of two
    • $60 – Relay team of three
  •  Race Day Registration – if available
    • $40 – Individual
    • $60 – Relay team of two
    • $70 – Relay team of three
  • *Note: Registration will be capped at 100 participants/relay teams
  • *Note: Whitewater Race Series shirts and towels are available for purchase for $10

WRS generic tshirt  WRS Towel



Friday, September 1st

  • 5:00-7:00pm – Packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • *Note: We encourage pre-registered individuals/teams 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: Early packet pick-up is optional. Typical Parking fees apply
  • Sunset – Whitewater Film Series film screening

Saturday, September 2nd

  • 6:30am – Transition Zone opens (no assigned transition positions)
  • 6:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:00am – The Dry Tri begins
  • Time TBD – Awards Ceremony
  • 12:00pm – Course Closes (participants may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


Awards will be given to the top 3 individual male/female finishers as well as the top 3 relay teams


2016 Results:

Overall Results




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Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • 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
    • A 50% registration transfer may  be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via
    • Registration transfers are only applicable to the same race the following year
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
    • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are strongly discouraged for the safety of all participants
    • Remain attentive and courteous at all times
    • No pets allowed on the course
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for water/electrolyte stop locations
    • If you think you may require additional hydration along the course, please plan accordingly
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Restrooms are located at the main USNWC River Center and the Pump House Biergarten
    • Please note, there will be no restrooms located on course
  • Locker rooms/showers 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
  • 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. Heather Hager February 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Any finishers medal or shirt?

    • Jimmy Lawler February 15, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Hey Heather,
      Finisher Medals are only given at our Half Marathon events. The race giveaway is a Whitewater Race Series towel for the Dry Tri.

  2. Glenda Toppe January 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Can you better explain the kayak. Are you paddling in a one person kayak or is it like a paddle board.
    Thank you

    • Jimmy Lawler January 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Hey Glenda,

      You will be paddling in a one person flatwater kayak provided by USNWC for the Dry Tri.

  3. Brian January 9, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Can we use our own flat water sit on top kayak?

    • Jimmy Lawler January 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Brian,
      You may only use a flatwater kayak provided by USNWC to make sure the race is fair, and that all boats are equal in capability.

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