The Dry Tri

The Dry Tri will transition to a virtual race model due to the COVID-19 pandemic and NC Executive Order #147. Please see below for updated race details.

Paddle, bike, run. The Dry Tri substitutes swim caps for kayaks/stand-up paddleboards. Competitors will begin the race with a 1.25-mile kayak/stand-up paddleboard paddle around Sadler Island on the Catawba River, followed by a 15K mountain bike ride, and a 5K run through the Whitewater Center trail system. Take on the challenge as an individual or grab your friends and compete in a relay team of two or three.

Event Details:

  • Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020
  • Distance:
    • 1.25-mile flatwater paddle, 15K mountain bike, 5K trail run
      • Teams will compete relay style – one racer per leg, in alternating fashion. If each competitor wants to complete each leg, they should register as individuals.
  • Time: Anytime


  • Registration – Through September 30th
    • $40 per individual/teammate – Does include Flatwater Kayak Single Activity Pass; pass must be redeemed during open hours of operation when flatwater activities are available prior to paddling.  Check the Daily Activity Schedule for flatwater activity hours.
  • Bikes/Helmets are required, and participants must provide their own. Mountain bikes, or bikes intended for off-road use, are strongly recommended.
  • There is a 1/3-mile gravel run between the paddle leg and transition zone. An older pair of running shoes is recommended but not required for this brief running section. The transitions must be included in GPX submissions.


September 6th – September 30th, 2020

    • Registration available through the end of the month
    • Sunday, September 6th
      • 12:00am – Race course opens
    • Wednesday, September 30th
      • 11:59pm – Race course closes
    • GPS Submission – First of Following Month (October 1st)
    • October 6th, 2020
      • 6:00pm – Race results announced online.


Awards will be given to the top 3 individual male/female finishers in four age groups (as determined by registration) as well as the top 3 relay teams.


2020 Results

Team & Individual Results

2019 – 2016 Results:

Individual Overall Results

Team Overall 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 
    • 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.  
  • 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 |