The Dry Tri – Canceled

The Dry Tri is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered racers should have received an email regarding the cancellation.  This event will not be rescheduled in 2020. Check back soon for dates, information and registration for 2021. Please contact the Race Director with any questions – 

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 8 mile mountain bike ride, and a 5 mile 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: Saturday, May 23, 2020
  • Distance: 1.25 mile Paddle, 8 mile Mountain Bike, 5 mile 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:
    • 8:00am – Competitive Wave
    • 8:45am – Recreational Wave


  • Pre-Registration – Last day to pre-register is May 20, 2020
    • $40 – Individual (SUP)
    • $70 – Team of Two (Kayak)
    • $80 – Team of Three (Kayak)
  • Day-of Registration – if available
    • $50 – Individual (SUP)
    • $80 – Team of Two (Kayak)
    • $90 – Team of Three (Kayak)
  • Registration will be capped at 80 participants and 80 teams
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before May 17, 2020


Friday, May 22

  • 5:00 – 7:00pm – Packet pick-up – Location TBD
  • We encourage pre-registered participants to come out for early packet pick-up to improve the race day experience.
  • Day-of registration will be available during packet pick-up.
  • Early packet pick-up is optional. Typical parking fees apply.

Saturday, May 23

  • 6:00am – Transition Zone opens (no assigned transition positions)
  • 6:00am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
  • Competitive Wave – 8:00am
  • Recreational Wave – 8:45am
  • Time TBD – Awards Ceremony
  • 12:00pm – Course Closes (participants may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Race Leg Information:

  • Helmets are required for bike leg
    • Bikes and helmets provided by participants
  • There is a 1/3-mile dirt/gravel run between the Paddle leg and Transition
    • An older pair of running shoes are recommended but not required for this brief running section
  • Individuals will use stand-up paddle boards and relay teams will use sit-on-top flatwater kayaks (watercrafts, paddles and PFDs are provided by the USNWC – competitors may NOT use their own boat/board)


Awards will be given to the top three teams in each division and top three male/female solo finishers.



2019 Results

2018 Results

2017 Results

2016 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 


U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 |