WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon

The 2nd annual WC-50, a multi-lap ultramarathon, will take place on Saturday, October 18. The race will span throughout the entire USNWC trail system and will feature both a 50K and 50-mile option. For the more seasoned ultrarunner or those hoping to challenge themselves on a world-class course, the 50m course focuses on increased elevation profile and raises the 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. There is a 13-hour limit on finishers for this event. For the first time ultra competitor or those hoping to sharpen their skills at a distance just beyond the usual marathon, the 50k option will offer three 10.35 mile loops with approximately 3,000 feet of total elevation change.  The 50k course will offer a mix of challenging singletrack climbs and rolling lakeside trails, offering something for runners of all levels. Runners will enjoy a 12 hour cutoff for this race, providing the time necessary for all levels of competitors to complete their challenge.

Event Details:
  • Date - Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • Distance – 50K and 50-mile options
  • Time – 5:00 a.m. – 50-mile race
    • 6:00 a.m. – 50K race


50K Distance (Estimated 3000 feet of elevation change)

  • $67 – Pre-registration available online through October 8
  • $77 – Race day registration (if available)
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by October 8.
  • *Note: This race is part of the 2014 Coca-Cola GET ACTIVE CHALLENGE

50-mile Distance (Estimated 7000 feet of elevation change)

  • $87 – Pre-registration available online through October 8
  • $97 – Race day registration (if available)
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by October 8.
  • *Note: This race is part of the 2014 Coca-Cola GET ACTIVE CHALLENGE

Friday, October 17:

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

Saturday, October 18:

  • 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)

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)

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

Course Maps:

Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.

2013 Results:
  • Overall 50K results (PDF)
  • Overall 50mi results (PDF)

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Additional Event Info:
  • Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by October 8
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • 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. Nathan Brines August 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Is the wedge trail a part of the 50 mile course?


    • USNWC August 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Nathan, yes, Wedge is included in the 50 mile course.

  2. Vinny July 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    How are the 50K and the 50-mile courses? Mostly trails? Are there roots and rocks on the course? Do you need trail running shoes? Or, will regular tarmac shoes suffice?

    • USNWC July 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Vinny, the course is primarily trails with roots and rocks along the course. Trail running shoes are not mandatory but it wouldn’t hurt to bring a pair of each.

  3. Tiffany July 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Will there be pacers?

    • USNWC July 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Tiffany, we will have pacers on the last lap.

  4. Rogelio Quintanar June 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm


    Registration fee does not include admission to the Whitewater Center?



    • USNWC June 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Rogello, there is no admission fee at the USNWC, however, we do have a $5 parking fee. If you would like to purchase an Activity Pass, more information can be found here.

  5. Dom Cobb May 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Will the 50k finishers receive a medal?

    • USNWC May 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Hi Dom, 50K finishers will receive a medal.

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