WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon

The 4th annual WC-50 is a multi-lap ultramarathon spanning throughout the entire USNWC trail system featuring both a 50k and 50-mile option. For the first time ultra-competitor or those hoping to sharpen their skills at a distance beyond the standard marathon, the 50k offers three 10.35 mile loops with approximately 3,000 feet of total elevation change.  The 50k course provides a mix of challenging single-track climbs and rolling lakeside trails, offering something for runners of all levels. For the more seasoned ultra-runner or those looking to challenge themselves on a world-class course, the 50 mile course focuses on increased elevation profile and increased technical difficulty. Flat trails have been replaced with hills where possible, resulting in four 12.5 mile loops with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation change. The 50k race has a 12:45 hour cut-off, and the 50 mile race cuts off at 13:45 hours.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • Distance – 50K and 50-mile
  • Time:
    • 5:00 a.m. (50-mile start)
    • 6:00 a.m. (50K start)


  • Pre-registration – Must be registered by Sept 18
    • $67 – 50K distance
    • $87 – 50-mile distance
  • Late Registration – Must be Registered by October 13
    • $75 – 50K distance
    • $95 – 50-mile distance
  • Race day registration – if available
    • $80 – 50K distance
    • $100 – 50-mile distance
  • *Note: Recover brand race shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by October 9


Friday, October 14:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:45pm – Packet pick up at OUTFITTERS – U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • 6:49 p.m. – Whitewater Film Series screening – The Unknown Runner
  • *Note: We encourage runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day logistics
  • *Note: “Race Day Registration” will be available during packet pick up

Saturday, October 15:

  • 4:00 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins (50-mile and 50K)
  • 4:45 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends for 50-mile
  • 4:45 a.m. – Mandatory pre-race meeting for 50-mile runners
  • 5:00 a.m. – 50-mile race start
  • 5:45 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends for 50K
  • 5:45 a.m. – Mandatory pre-race meeting for 50K runners
  • 6:00 a.m. – 50K race start
  • Time TBD – 50K and 50-mile awards ceremony
  • 6:45 p.m. – 50m and 50K course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Race Document:

2016 RACE DOCUMENT – WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon


Stick around for plenty of food and drink to recover as well as, random prizes and awards.


All finishers will receive a custom finishers item (Belt buckles for 50mile and medals for 50K)

Awards will be given to top 3 Male/Female finishers in both the 50mile and 50K races.

2015 Results:

2014 Results:

2013 Results:





Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • There will be a gear/bag drop at the start/finish for this race
  • All participants are required to wear a headlamp until the sun rises (projected 7:30 a.m.)
  • 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. Jessica September 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Hello. I’m registered for the 50k and live in Asheville. Are there any nearby hotels recommended for participants? Thanks!

    • usnwcadmin September 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Jessica, please see our Accommodations page for info on our hotel partners.

  2. Keshia August 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Is the 50 mile course available?

  3. Justin August 21, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Hey! Is this a certified/sanctioned ultra? I am wanting to register for the GA Death Race next year and I have to have ran 1 ultra within a years time. Thanks for your help!

    • Jimmy Lawler August 22, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Hey Justin,
      WC-50 is not certified/sanctioned by any governing body, but based on the Georgia Death Race website, you should be qualified.

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