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
  • Location - U.S. National Whitewater Center


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.

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.

Friday, October 17:

  • 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Pre-race packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center

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.


Will 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. Rich April 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Hi, is there a registration limit for the 50K?


    • USNWC April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Hi Rich, as of this time, there is no registration limit for the 50K.

  2. Billy Fisher April 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    It says a headlamp is required at the start of the race. Is that supplied or do we need to bring that ourselves?

    • USNWC April 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Billy, each runner is responsible for providing his or her own headlamp.

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