Catawba River Races

Choose your sport at the annual Catawba River Races. A series of morning races offers competitors multiple ways to test their skills in water with open water swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, or flatwater kayaking. Each discipline will have a slated time to take the water and compete either competitively or recreationally with different distances.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, June 27, 2020
  • Distances
    • Open Water Swim – 1.25 Miles
      • Each swimmer must provide their own safety personnel (kayak, paddle & PFD will be provided for safety person). This person will serve as a safety escort for the swimmer throughout the duration of the Open Water Swim race. Swim caps are required and will be provided during packet-pickup.
    • Competitive Kayak – 4 Miles
      • Paddlers can utilize their personal kayaks or use one of the USNWC’s sit on top kayaks (limited kayaks available)
    • Recreational Kayak – 2.5 Miles
      • USWNC sit on top kayaks must be used for this race (limited kayaks available)
    • Competitive Stand-Up Paddleboard – 4 Miles
      • Paddlers can utilize their personal race board and PFD or use one of the USNWC’s boards and PFDs (limited SUPs available)
    • Recreational Stand-Up Paddleboard- 2.5 Miles
      • USWNC rental boards must be used for this race (limited SUPs available)
    • Recreational Pup Sup- 2.5 Miles
      • Separate division within the SUP category for SUP Paddlers and their pups
      • USNWC rental boards must be used for this race (limited SUPs available)
  • Time
    • 7:30am – Open Water Swim Division start
    • 9:30am – Kayak Division start
    • 10:30am – Stand-Up Paddleboard Division start
    • 12:00pm – Course closes; participants may finish but official times may not be recorded.

Registration:

  • Pre-Registration – Must register before June 25
    • $35 – per race
  • Day-of Registration – if available
    • $42 – per race
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register before June 21
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Schedule:

  • Friday, June 26
    • 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Packet pick-up at TBD
    • We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines.
    • Day-of Registration will be available during packet pick up
  • Saturday, June 27
    • 6:30am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins at Kayak Center
    • 7:15am – Open Water Swim division – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
    • 7:30am – Open Water Swim division starts
    • TBD – Open Water Swim awards
    • 8:30am – Course Closes
    • 9:00am – Kayak division – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
    • 9:30am – Kayak division starts
    • TBD – Kayak division awards
    • 10:15am – Course closes
    • 10:00am – SUP division – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
    • 10:30am – SUP division starts
    • TBD – SUP division awards
    • 12:00pm – Course closes

Awards:

Awards will be given to the top 3 Male/Female participants in each division. For the Pup SUP division, awards will be geared toward the canine team members.

Course:

2020_CatawbaRiverRaces_CourseMap

2019 – 2018 Results

Additional Event Info:

  • Volunteers
  • Waiver Policy
    • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • 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
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • No pets allowed on the course
  • Race Bibs
    • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • Aid Stations
    • See Course Map for water/electrolyte stop locations
    • Plan accordingly if you think you may require additional hydration during 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 USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $50
  • Emergency Policy
    • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants must call 911 if emergency vehicles and operations are needed. There are 911 trail location markers to communicate where emergency personnel can find you