• 2015_WC-50_FH

WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon

The 3rd annual WC-50 is a multi-lap ultramarathon spanning throughout the 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 12.75 hour cut-off, and the 50 mile race cuts off at just under 14 hours.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • 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 20
    • $67 – 50K distance
    • $87 – 50-mile distance
  • Late Registration – Must be Registered by October 11
    • $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 11


Friday, October 16:

  • 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Pre-race packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • *Note: “Race Day Registration” will be available during packet pick up

Saturday, October 17:

  • 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:

The following document provides important race information for runners regarding gear/drop bags, aid stations, pacers, course markings and more.

  • Coming soon


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


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

The top overall male/female will receive a Suunto Ambit3 GPS watch

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

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. Donnie June 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    If anyone is interested in a course preview, I am going to run a lap of the 50K course on Thursday August 6 starting at 6pm. Will be “no drop”.

  2. Frank Zappa June 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Hello WWC!

    Looking forward to this being my first 50k.

    When will the 50k course map be available to review & check out?

    Thank you for your time!

    • usnwcadmin June 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Hey Frank, we hope to have the course map ready within the next month; please check back for updates.

      • frank zappa June 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Thanks for the response. One more quick question.

        During the 50K race event, how does the “drop bag” thing work? Do we just stash a bag at the start/finish line & have access to them each time we complete a loop? Is that how that’ s going to work?

        Thanks again.

        • usnwcadmin June 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

          Hey Frank, yes that is correct.

  3. Chris smith May 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Looking forward to this being my first 50 miler.

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