A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race

The A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race will transition to a dispersed race model due to the COVID-19 pandemic and NC Executive Order #147. Please see below for updated race details.

Glowsticks, neon, and lasers illuminate the trails and set the tone for this nighttime race. Participants will take on either a 5K or 10K distance through the Whitewater Center trail system.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Distance: 5K and 10K
  • Time:
    • 6:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Racers may enter the course to run at any time during this time window and must finish by 8:30pm.
    • Runners will still be chip timed and must begin at the designated Start/Finish line on the course map below.
  • Start/Finish Location: Ridge Pavilion
  • Due to COVID-19 this race will have limited aid stations and supplies.  Racers are encouraged to bring enough hydration and fuel for pre-race, during race and post-race. Water fountains will be available at the Ridge Pavilion.


  • Pre-registration – Last day to pre-register is November 18, 2020
    • $32 – 5K distance
    • $37 – 10K distance
  • All participants are required to wear a headlamp or carry an illumination light source
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before November 10, 2020
  • Beer will be available to purchase at the Ridge Pavilion.


  • Tuesday, November 17-  Thursday, November 19 from 3pm-6pm
      • Packet pick-up – Outfitters
      • Early packet pick-up is highly encouraged to promote social distancing. Day of pick up will be only be available for out of town racers by emailing racedirector@usnwc.org
  • Friday, November 20
    • 6:00pm – A Shot in the Dark timing begins at the Ridge Pavilion
      • Runners may start their race at any time within this window.
    • 8:30pm- Course closes (runners may finish the course; however, official times may not be recorded).


Results will be made available online by 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 22nd. Awards will be available for future pick-up inside the Outfitters store.

Awards will be given to top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories for both the 5K and the 10K distances:

  • 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55 and better


2020 Results

2019 Results




Additional Event Info:

  • Volunteers 
  • Waiver Policy 
    • May be printed and brought to packet pick-up or completed on site.  
    • The waiver is not included in the online registration form.  
  • Refund and Transfer Policy 
    • Race Registration is non-refundable 
    • A 100% registration transfer must be requested 2 months (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • Registration transfers are only applicable to the same race the following year 
  • Forgotten Add-On Gear/Participant items 
    • All purchased add-on gear must be collected during packet pick-up 
    • Items will not be shipped 
    • If items are unable to be picked up during packet pick-up, you must arrange pick-up with racedirector@usnwc.org and collect from Outfitters within one week from event date 
    • The race director will not email you to arrange your pick-up 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated 
    • Typical parking fees apply 
  • Forgotten Awards 
    • Applies to participant shirts, finisher’s awards and age group/overall awards.  
    • Participants not present for awards may collect their award from Outfitters within two months of the race date 
    • Items will not be shipped 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated 
    • Participants must email racedirector@usnwc.org to arrange award pick-up 
    • Typical parking fees apply 
  • Trail Marking 
    • Designated race course will be denoted by colored arrows. 
    • Color associated with specific route will be communicated during prerace announcements.  
    • Whenever possible, mile markers will be present along the course. 
    • Whitewater Race Series events take place on multiple surfaces, including natural surface trails over uneven terrain. As such, race distances and mile markers are approximate. 
    • Your personal mileage may vary. It is our goal to ensure that you travel at no less than the posted mileage for a given race.  
  • Trail Safety  
    • Trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers 
    • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are strongly discouraged 
    • Remain attentive and courteous at all times 
    • Communicate when passing other trail users 
    • No pets allowed on the course 
    • No E-bikes or any form of powered transportation will be allowed in any Whitewater Race Series events 
    • During events taking place after sunset, all participants are required to carry/wear a light source.  
  • Race Bibs 
    • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time 
  • Pacers 
    • Unless otherwise stated in the event specific race document, pacers are not allowed in Whitewater Race Series events 
    • When pacers are allowed, pacers must check in/register with the Race Director and complete an assumption of risk agreement 
  • Aid Stations 
    • See Course Map for aid station locations 
    • Unless otherwise indicated, aid stations will consist of water only 
    • Plan accordingly if you think you may require additional hydration or nutrition during the race 
  • Weather Policy 
    • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine. The Whitewater Center reserves the right to alter/reschedule/cancel any Whitewater Race Series event.
    • Any changes or cancellations will be communicated via email by the Race Director.
  • Parking Policy 
    • All guests are required to pay a $6 parking fee at the Whitewater Center unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the Whitewater Center for $50 
  • Emergency Policy 
    • The Whitewater Center does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants must call 911 if emergency vehicles and operations are needed. There are emergency location markers to communicate where emergency personnel can find you 


U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 | info@usnwc.org