Catawba SwimRun Race – Canceled

The Catawba Swimrun is cancelled due to scheduling reorganization of the Whitewater Race Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered racers should have received an email regarding the cancellation.  This event will not be rescheduled in 2020. Please contact the Race Director with any questions – 

A distinct multisport race, the Catawba SwimRun is a twist on the classic ÖTILLÖ SwimRun concept. Teams of two will alternate between trail running throughout the Whitewater Center trail system and open water swimming in the Catawba River. Designed in a lap format, the race is comprised of two different course distances and allows competitors to race solo if they wish. The 1 Lap total distance equates to 3.2 miles of running and .5 miles of swimming, while the 3 Lap total distance equates to 10 miles of running and 1.6 miles of swimming. One of the few races of this kind in the region, the Catawba SwimRun offers competitors a chance to combine disciplines and test their endurance on land and in the water.

Event Details:

  • Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
  • Distance:
    • 1 lap – 3.8 miles
    • 3 laps – 11.4 miles
  • Time:
    • 8:00am – 3 lap start
    • 8:30am – 1 lap start


  • Pre-Registration – Last day to pre-register is September 30, 2020
    • 1 Lap Solo – $50
    • 1 Lap Team of Two – $95
    • 3 Lap Solo- $70
    • 3 Lap Team of Two – $130
  • Day-of Registration – if available
    • 1 Lap Solo – $60
    • 1 Lap Team of Two – $105
    • 3 Lap Solo- $80
    • 3 Lap Team of Two – $140
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before September 27, 2020


  • Sunday October 4
    • 6:30am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins
    • 7:30am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
    • 8:00am – The Catawba SwimRun 3 lap distance begins (Both divisions start at same time.)
    • 8:30am – The Catawba SwimRun 1 lap distance begins (Both divisions start at same time.)
    • Time TBD – 1 Lap Awards Ceremony
    • Time TBD – 3 Lap Awards Ceremony
    • 12:00pm – Course Closes (participants may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Race Document:

The 2020 Race Document is coming soon. The 2019 Race Document is included below to give you a sense of how the event works, though certain details are subject to change.

Catawba SwimRun Race Doc (2019)


Awards will be given to the top 3 solo Male/Female participants in the 1 lap and 3 lap distances

Awards will be given to the top 3 teams in each distance 1 lap and 3 lap distances








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 
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via 
    • 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 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 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 


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