Tread Nightly & Tread Brightly

Grab your head lamp and get ready to hit the trails under the stars. The Tread Nightly Trail Half Marathon & 4 Miler takes place at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, offering runners two distance options for this one-of-a-kind night race. Looking to run, sleep, and run again? Camp out with us, then rise with the sun for the Tread Brightly Half Marathon & 4-Miler the next morning. The morning edition offers both distances available the night before. Treadmeister Awards as well as Half Marathon Series points are up for grabs throughout each race.

Both Half Marathon distances are part of the Half Marathon Series presented by La Sportiva and are great opportunities to snag double points for the overall series.

Event Details:

  • Date – Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22, 2017
  • Distance – Half Marathon and 4 Miler
  • Time –
    • 8:00 p.m (Tread Nightly Half Marathon)
    • 8:30 p.m. (Tread Nightly 4 mi)
    • 8:00 a.m. (Tread Brightly Half Marathon)
    • 8:30 a.m. (Tread Brightly 4 mi)


  • Pre-registration – Must register by July 19
    • $30 – 4 Miler distance
    • $50 – Half Marathon distance
    • $60 – 4mi & 4 mi and Camping
    • $80 – Half & 4 mi and Camping
    • $100 – Half & Half and Camping
  • Race day registration – if available
    • $37 – 4 Miler distance
    • $60 – Half Marathon distance
    • Camping not available for race day registration
  • *Note: Camping will be limited to 350 participants on a first register, first serve basis and only available to those that are participating in BOTH days. (Currently 184 campers as of 7/18/17)
  • *Note: Registration does not include $20 cash campsite deposit.
  • *Note: Breakfast will be available for purchase on the morning of the event.
  • *Note: All participants are required to wear a headlamp or carry an illumination light source on Friday night
  • *Note: Recover shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by July 16
  • *Note: Half Marathon finisher medals are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by June 2


Friday, July 21

  • 5:00 p.m. – Race-day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30 p.m. – Half-Marathon Race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:00 p.m. – Half Marathon starts
  • 8:00 p.m. – 4 Miler Race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:30 p.m. – 4 Miler starts
  • 8:40 p.m. – Projected sunset time
  • 9:00 p.m. – Grill items available for purchase (See MENU)
  • TBD – 4 Miler awards ceremony
  • TBD – Half Marathon awards ceremony
  • 12:30 a.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Saturday, July 22

  • 6:00 a.m. – Breakfast items available for purchase (See MENU)
  • 6:00 a.m. – Race-day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 6:26 a.m. – Projected sunrise time
  • 7:30 a.m. – Race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:00 a.m. – Half Marathon starts
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4 Miler starts
  • 9:30 a.m. – Tentative 4 Miler awards ceremony
  • TBD – Half Marathon awards ceremony
  • 12:30 p.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Race Document:


All Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal for Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly.

The top overall male/female half marathon participants for both Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly will receive $50 towards La Sportiva apparel/shoes at the Outfitters


Treadmeister Award – Top 3 overall Male/Female from the weekend’s races

  • Weighted points (By Distance) will be given to the top 25 OVERALL Male/Female finisher for each of the four distances throughout the weekend to determine the overall Treadmeister winners.
  • 4 Miler: 1st place = 25pts, 2nd place = 24pts, 3rd place = 23pts, etc
  • Half Marathon: 1st place = 37.5pts, 2nd place = 36pts, 3rd place = 34.5pts, etc
  • Chip Time (same distance) and/or pace (different distance) will determine the winner in the case of a tie

Awards will also be given to top three Male/Female finishers in the following age categories for both the Half Marathon and the 4 Miler distances:

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

Half Marathon Series points will also be given to the top 25 OVERALL Male/Female finishers for both the Tread Nightly Half Marathon and Tread Brightly Half Marathon.


 2016 Results

Tread Nightly

Tread Brightly

2015 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. Charity February 21, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Are strollers allowed on the course? I saw it said “trail” but wasn’t sure if that meant dirt/gravel or the trail was paved?


    • Jimmy Lawler March 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Hey Charity,
      All of our trails are single track, so to be courteous to all other participants, strollers are not permitted on the course.

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