Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly

Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly 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.

Grab your headlamp and get ready to hit the trails under the stars, then beat the early bird and do it all again. Tread Nightly Trail Half Marathon and 4 Miler offers runners two distance options for this one-of-a-kind trail race. Looking to run, sleep, and run again? Rise with the sun for the Tread Brightly Half Marathon and 4 Miler the next morning.


Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Distances: Half Marathon and 4 Miler
  • Time:
    • Tread Nightly Half Marathon & 4 Miler
      • Date: Friday, September 25
      • Time: 6:00pm – 12:00am (Midnight)
    • Tread Brightly Half Marathon & 4 Miler
      • Date: Saturday, September 26
      • Time: 6:00am – 12:00pm
  • Due to COVID-19, this race will not have any aid stations or water coolers.  Racers are encouraged to bring enough hydration and fuel for pre-race, race and post-race. Water fountains will be available at the Ridge Pavilion.  Camping will also not be permitted at this year’s race.


  • Pre-Registration – Last day to pre-register is September 23rd
    • $32 – 4 Miler distance
    • $55 – Half Marathon distance
    • $64 – 4 Miler and 4 Miler
    • $87 – Half and 4 Miler
    • $110 – Half and Half
  • Recover Brands race shirts  and hoody are only guaranteed to those who pre-register before September 15th.
  • Half Marathon finisher medals are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before August 24th.
  • All participants are required to wear a headlamp or carry an illumination light source on Friday night.


Monday, September 21st – Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Packet pick-up – Outfitters
    • Please check Hours of Operation for Outfitters operating schedule on the day of your pick-up.
  • Day-of registration will not be available.
  • Early packet pick-up is required to promote social distancing. Typical parking fees apply.

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • 6:00pm – Tread Nightly timing begins at Ridge Pavilion
  • 12:00am – Course closes (runners may finish the course; however, official times may not be recorded).

Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • 6:00am – Tread Brightly timing begins at Ridge Pavilion
  • 12:00pm – Course closes (runners may finish the course; however, official times may not be recorded).


All Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal for Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly (only guaranteed to those who pre-register before August 24th, 2020).

  • Weighted points (By distance) will be given to the top 25 OVERALL Male/Female finisher for each of the four distances throughout the weekend to determine the overall Treadmeister winners.
  • 4 Miler: 1st place = 25pts, 2nd place = 24pts, 3rd place = 23pts, etc
  • Half Marathon: 1st place = 37.5pts, 2nd place = 36pts, 3rd place = 34.5pts, etc
  • Chip time (same distance) and/or pace (different distance) will determine the winner in the case of a tie for the top three Male/Female.

Awards will also be given to top three Male/Female finishers in the following age categories for both the Half Marathon and the 4 Miler 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

Tread Nightly

Tread Brightly


Past Results

Tread Nightly (2015 – 2019)

Tread Brightly (2016 – 2019)

Treadmeister (2017 – 2019)




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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