Long Creek Adventure Race: 4 Hour & 8 Hour

The inaugural Long Creek Adventure Race puts teams of two or three, as well as solo participants, to the test during either the 4 or 8 hour adventure race format. With a map provided at the beginning of the race, participants will trail run, mountain bike, and paddle their way through a series of checkpoints as quickly as possible throughout the USNWC property and along the Catawba River. Keep an eye out for the checkpoints along the way…you’ll need every point you can get to come out on top.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Distance – Varies: Based on chosen route
  • Start Time – 9:00am


  • Note: Participants can compete as a solo, teams of 2, or teams of 3
  • Pre-registration – Must register by November 15
    • 4 Hour
      • Solo: $50
      • 2 Person Teams: $85
      • 3 Person Teams: $125
    • 8 Hour
      • Solo: $60
      • 2 Person Teams: $95
      • 3 Person Teams: $135
  • Race day registration – if available
    • 4 Hour
      • Solo: $55
      • 2 Person Teams: $90
      • 3 Person Teams: $130
    • 8 Hour
      • Solo: $65
      • 2 Person Teams: $100
      • 3 Person Teams: $140
  • Note: Recover Brands shirts are only guaranteed to teams who pre-register by November 11


Saturday, November 17

  • 7:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins – Ridge Pavilion
  • 8:15am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:50am – Mandatory pre-race meeting for all participants
  • 9:00am – Long Creek Adventure Race starts (4 Hour and 8 Hour)
  • 1:00pm – Long Creek Adventure Race – 4 Hour division ends
    • Note: Teams that are not back by this time will be disqualified… plan accordingly
  • 1:30pm – 4 Hour Division Awards
  • 5:00pm – Long Creek Adventure Race – 8 Hour Division ends
    • Note: Teams that are not back by this time will be disqualified… plan accordingly
  • 5:30pm – 8 Hour Division Awards


  • Teams will be ranked on the total number of points collected from successfully completing various checkpoints
  • Tiebreaker will go to the team which collects the points in the fastest time


  • There is no marked/set course. Teams must strategically complete as many checkpoints as possible as quickly as possible
  • Each team will be given one map prior to the start of the race
  • Teammates must always be in visual contact of each other
  • Cell phones/GPS are not permitted (except in emergency scenario)
  • PFD’s must be worn for paddle portion
  • Helmet must be worn for biking portion
  • Racers must stay within marked boundary lines
  • Watercrafts must be picked up and dropped off at the flatwater dock (driving directions)
  • Altering or moving any race course markings will result in a DQ
  • Any team withdrawing from the race must notify race officials

Mandatory Equipment:

  • Pack to carry gear
  • Snacks/food for replenishment
  • Hydration
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Compass
  • Map protractor
  • Map bag
  • Bicycle (for off road use) and helmet
  • Cell phone (for emergency use)
  • Permanent marker
  • Personal first aid kit (recommended)


Awards will be given out to the top three in the following divisions

4 Hour:
– Mens solo
-Womens solo
-Team Womens
-Team Mens
-Team Co-ed

8 Hour:
– Mens solo
-Womens solo
-Team Womens
-Team Mens
-Team Co-ed


2018 Long Creek Adventure Race Results:

4 Hour Men’s Solo

4 Hour Women’s Teams

4 Hour Co-Ed Teams

4 Hour Men’s Teams


8 Hour Men’s Solo

8 Hour Co-Ed Teams

8 Hour Men’s Team



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Additional Event Info:

  • 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 be a gear/bag drop at the start/finish for this race
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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