WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon

Put your physical and mental strength to the test with the WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon at the USNWC, the premier endurance race in the greater Charlotte region. Spanning through the entire facility, this multi-lap course offers 50K and 50-mile options.

Event Info:

  • Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013
  • Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Distance: 50K & 50 mile options


  • Overall 50K results (PDF)
  • Overall 50mi results (PDF)

Registration: Click Here

  • 50K Distance
    • $67 – Through October 16th
    • $77 – Race Day Registration
  • 50 Mile Distance
    • $87 – Through October 16th
    • $97 – Race Day Registration


  • Friday, October 18:
    • 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Pre-race packet pick-up
    • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Athlete Q&A with Karl Meltzer, Meredith Dolhare and Richard Lima
  • Saturday, October 19:
    • 4:00 a.m. – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up Begins
    • 4:45 a.m. – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up Ends for 50M
    • 4:45 a.m. – Mandatory pre-race meeting for 50M runners
    • 5:00 a.m. – 50M Race Starts
    • 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 Starts
    • 7:33 a.m. – Projected Sunrise
    • 6:43 p.m. – Projected Sunset
    • 6:45 p.m. – Course Closes

Race Information

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

Post Race: Be sure to stick around after the race for food, drinks, recovery and awards.


  • 50 mi finishers will receive a WC-50 belt buckle
  • 50K finishers will receive a WC-50 medal
  • In addition, awards will also be given to the top 3 overall male and female runners in both the 50K and 50M.

Course Maps:

















Volunteering: Interested in volunteering? Contact Adam Bratton at abratton@usnwc.org

Karl Meltzer




Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer will participate in the WC-50, an ultra-marathon at the USNWC that offers both a 50K and a 50-mile option. Known for having the most 100-mile wins at ultra-marathon races, Meltzer has also had a number of speed record attempts on U.S. trails. More information can be found here.










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Additional Event Info:

  • All participants must have an operating headlamp at the start of the race and maintain possession of the headlamp until after sunrise
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • Aid Stations will be located at the Start/Finish, Entrance/Exit of Goat Hill and Entrance/Exit of the Lake Loop
  • Locker rooms are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • 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. Nate Ridgeway October 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    When will the official times be posted, and are you guys considering sending in the results to Ultra Running Magazine? People love to see their names in print! :-)

    • USNWC October 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Nate, we have just posted the results on the WC-50 webpage.

  2. Dan October 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Question on the pace chart for the 50k. It looks like the first lap is correct, but the second and third loop show goat hill in and out instead of lake loop in and out. Am I correct that lap 1 is correct and laps 2 & 3 are incorrect?

    • USNWC October 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Hey Dan, you are correct. We are working to update the 50K pace chart.

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