A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race

Break out your glowsticks and double knot your Friday evening running shoes for A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race. Once the sun sets and the trails have darkened, participants will take on either a 5K or 10K distance through the USNWC trail system. After the race, stick around for awards, fire pits, music and prizes along with food and beverage (for purchase) at the Pump House Biergarten.

Event Details:

  • Date – Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Distance – 5K and 10K
  • Time – 7:15pm


  • Pre-registration through November 6
    • $32 – 5K distance
    • $37 – 10K distance
  • Race day registration
    • $37 – 5K distance
    • $42 – 10K distance
  • Note: All participants are required to wear a headlamp or carry an illumination light source
  • Note: Recover Brands shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register before November 4


Thursday, November 7

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Optional Packet pick-up
    • Location – Packet pick-up at Recover Brands – 1518 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208
    • Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
    • Note: Race Day Registration will be available during packet pick-up

Friday, November 8

  • 5:30pm – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins – Pump House Biergarten
  • 6:20pm – Projected sunset
  • 6:45pm – Race-day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 7:15pm – 5K & 10K starts
  • TBD – 5K awards ceremony
  • TBD – 10K awards ceremony
  • 8:45pm – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
  • 10:00pm  – Pump House Biergarten food and beverage ends


Awards will be given to top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories for both the 5K and the 10K distances:

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


2018 Results

2017 – 2014 Results




Additional Event Info:

  • All participants are required to wear a head lamp or carry an illumination light source
  • Recover race shirts/hoodies are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by October 28
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Whitewater Race Series 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
  • All purchased Whitewater Race Series add-on gear must be collected during packet pick-up. Items will not be shipped.
    • If the purchased add-on items are unable to be picked up during packet pick-up, items will be held at OUTFITTERS for pick-up for one week from the date of the event (seven days)
    • It is the participant’s responsibility to email racedirector@usnwc.org to arrange pick-up
    • After seven days, all unclaimed items will be donated
  • Participants not present for awards may collect their award from OUTFITTERS within two months of the race date. Items not collected within this time frame will be donated.
    • Items cannot be shipped
    • Participants must email racedirector@usnwc.org to arrange award pick-up
    • Typical parking fees apply
  • There will not be a gear/bag drop at the start/finish for this race
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt/shorts to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for aid station locations
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • USNWC parking fee is $6 daily (oversized vehicles $18) or $50 for an annual parking pass. The 2018 Annual Parking Pass is valid through December 31st, 2018. Parking passes are available for purchase on-site or online.
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered