New Year’s Eve Trail Race

The New Year’s Eve Trail Race will transition to a dispersed race model and a two-day event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Executive Order #181. Please see below for updated race details.

Ring in the New Year the Whitewater way, with two celebratory 5K trail races. Set your resolutions, turn on your headlamps, and kick off 2021 with a true celebration of the active, outdoor lifestyle.  Runners will have the chance to close out 2020 with an evening race and open 2021 with a morning race.  Racers will have the option at registration to sign up for both races or just one.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020/ Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Distance:
    • 5K (Both Races)
  • Time:
    • Racers may enter the course to run at any time during the designated window.
      • 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 December 29, 2020
    • $35- 2020 5K Trail Race
    • $35- 2021 5K Trail Race
    • $60- Both Races
  • Day-of Registration
    • $40 per race
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before December 17, 2020.
  • Headlamps are required for the 2020 night race.


  • Monday, December 28- Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    • Packet Pick Up- USNWC Outfitters
    • 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    • 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
  • Thursday, December 31, 2020
    • 6:00pm- 2020 New Year’s Eve Trail Race timing begins at Big Drop Tents
    • 9:00pm- Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
  • Friday, January 1, 2021
    • 9:00am – 2021 New Year’s Eve Trail Race timing begins at Big Drop Tents
    • 12:00pm- Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


To maintain social distancing, results will be made available online by 6:00 PM on Monday, January 4th. Awards will be available for future pick-up inside the Outfitters store.

Awards for the New Year’s Eve Trail Race will be given to the top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories:

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


Course Map

2020/2021 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 
    • 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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