New Year’s Eve Trail Race

The New Year’s Eve Trail Race will transition to a dispersed race model due to the COVID-19 pandemic . Please see below for updated race details.

Ring in the New Year the Whitewater way, with a celebratory nighttime 5K trail race. Set your resolutions, turn on your headlamps, and kick off 2021 with a true celebration of the active, outdoor lifestyle. This 5K race will start in 2020 and finish in 2021, ensuring that you, your friends, and family will put your best foot forward in the New Year.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020/ Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Distance:
    • 5K
  • Time:
    • 11:00pm-1:00am
    • Racers may enter the course to run at any time during this window and must finish by 1am.
      • Runners will still be chip timed and must begin at the designated Start/Finish line on the course map below.
    • Start/Finish Location: Ridge Pavilion
    • Due to COVID-19 this race will have limited aid stations and supplies.  Racers are encouraged to bring enough hydration and fuel for pre-race, during race and post-race. Water fountains will be available at the Ridge Pavilion


  • Pre-Registration – Last day to pre-register is December 29, 2020
    • $35
  • Day-of Registration
    • $40
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before December 17, 2020
  • Headlamps are required


  • Monday, December 28- Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    • Packet Pick up- USNWC Outfitters
    • 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Early packet pick-up is highly encouraged to promote social distancing. Day of pick up will be only be available for out of town racers by emailing
  • Thursday, December 31, 2020
    • 11:00pm- New Year’s Eve Trail Race timing begins at the Ridge Pavilion.
  • Friday, January 1, 2021
    • 1:00am – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


To maintain social distancing, results will be made available online by 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 2nd. Awards will be available for future pick-up inside the Outfitters store.

Awards for the New Year’s Eve Trail Race will be given to the top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories:

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


2019 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 
    • 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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