River Jam Run: Race Edition

Thursday night means it’s time to hit the trails. Take your weekday run off road in this trail race on the second Thursday of every month, from May until September. Each race in the series will feature a 5K-ish and 10K-ish distance. Following the race, hang out and enjoy live music at the River Jam concert series.

In response to guidance from the NC Governor’s Office and public health officials surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, the Whitewater Center will be offering River Jam Run: Virtual Edition in the months of May, June and July. In order to be eligible for prizes or awards, racers must compete in the River Jam Run: Virtual Edition events in May, June and July. 

Event Details:

  • Date: Second Thursday of each month (May – September 2020)
  • Distance:
    • 5K-ish
    • 10K-ish
  • Time: 6:30pm


  • Pre-Registration
    • $15
  • Day-of Registration
    • $20


  • 5:30pm – Day-of registration and packet pickup begins
  • 6:00pm – Day-of registration and packet pickup ends
  • 6:30pm – River Jam Run: Race Edition begins (both distances)
  • 7:15pm – 5K-ish awards
  • Time TBD – 10K-ish awards
  • 8:00pm – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Race Dates:

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Virtual Edition
    • Pre-registration available through May 13, 2020
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Virtual Edition
    • Pre-registration available through June 10, 2020
  • Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 6:30pm
    • Sunset – 8:41pm
    • Pre-registration available through July 8, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 6:30pm
    • Sunset – 8:15pm
    • Pre-registration available through August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 6:30pm
    • Sunset – 7:38pm
    • Pre-registration available through September 9, 2020


A custom River Jam Run: Race Edition prize will also be given out to anyone who completes all 5 River Jam Run: Race Edition Events. Prizes will be handed out to participants who completed all 5 River Jam Run: Race Edition Events upon crossing the finish line at the September edition.

Awards will be given every race to the top three male/female finishers in the following age groups for BOTH distances:

  • 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and better.

Awards will also be given to the winners of the series overall. To be considered for the series title, participants must race a minimum of three races of the same distance. Series awards will be given out to the top 3 overall male/female finishers for each distance.

  • Runners must run in at least 3 of the 5 races to be eligible for series awards.
  • Runners must run the same distance each race to be eligible for the series awards.
  • Points will be assigned to the top 15 Male/Female placing runners for each River Jam Run: Race Edition event.
    • 1st place = 15 points, 2nd place = 14 points, 3rd place = 13 points … 15th place = 1 point
  • Only the top 3 scoring races for each runner will be used when calculating the series awards.
  • If necessary, the fastest average time of the point scoring races will be used as a tie breaker.
  • Series award winners do not have to be present to accept series award.
  • Whitewater staff will contact winners upon completion of the fifth and final event of the series.
  • Series awards must be picked up at the Whitewater Center no later than Thanksgiving.


2019 – 2014 Series 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 racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • 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 racedirector@usnwc.org 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 racedirector@usnwc.org 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 
    • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director.
    • Any changes 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 | info@usnwc.org