The Dry Tri

Paddle, bike, run. The Dry Tri substitutes swim caps for kayaks/stand-up paddleboards. Competitors will begin the race with a 1.25 mile kayak/stand-up paddleboard paddle around Sadler Island on the Catawba River, followed by a 15K mountain bike ride, and a 5K run through the USNWC’s trail system. Take on the challenge as an individual in a kayak or grab your friends and compete in a relay team of two or three. Stick around after the race and enjoy live music, food, drink, and fireworks at the USNWC’s Labor Day Celebration.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday August 31, 2019
  • Distance – 1.25 mile Flatwater Paddle, 15K Mountain Bike, 5K Trail Run
    • Note: There is a 1/3 mile dirt/gravel run between the Paddle leg and Transition
    • Note: An older pair of running shoes are recommended but not required for this brief running section
  • Time – 8:00am


  • Pre-Registration – Must register by August 29
    • $40 – Individual (Flatwater Kayaks)
    • $70 – Relay team of two (Stand-up Paddleboards)
    • $80 – Relay team of three (Stand-up Paddleboards)
  •  Race Day Registration – if available
    • $50 – Individual (Flatwater Kayaks)
    • $80 – Relay team of two (Stand-up Paddleboards)
    • $90 – Relay team of three (Stand-up Paddleboards)
  • Note: Registration will be capped at 80 individuals and 80 relay teams
  • Note: Individuals will use sit-on-top flatwater kayaks, and Teams will use stand-up paddleboards (water craft, paddles and PFDs are provided by the USNWC)
  • Bikes provided by participants


Friday, August 30

  • 5:00 – 7:00pm – Packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Note: We encourage pre-registered individuals/teams to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
  • Note: Race day registration will be available during packet pick-up
  • Note: Early packet pick-up is optional. Typical Parking fees apply

Saturday, August 31

  • 6:30am – Transition Zone opens (no assigned transition positions)
  • 6:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:00am – The Dry Tri begins
  • Time TBD – Awards Ceremony
  • 12:00pm – Course Closes (participants may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


Awards will be given to the top 3 individual male/female finishers as well as the top 3 Male relay teams, top 3 Female Relay teams and top 3 Mixed Relay Teams


2018 Results:

Individual Overall Results

Team Overall Results

2017 Results:

Individual Overall Results

Team Overall Results

2016 Results:

Overall Results




Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • 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
    • 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
  • 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 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 to arrange award pick-up
    • Typical parking fees apply
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
    • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are strongly discouraged for the safety of all participants
    • Remain attentive and courteous at all times
    • No pets allowed on the course
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for water/electrolyte stop locations
    • If you think you may require additional hydration along the course, please plan accordingly
  • USNWC Adventure Cards cannot be accepted as payment for Whitewater Race Series event registration.
  • Restrooms are located at the main USNWC River Center and the Pump House Biergarten
    • Please note, there will be no restrooms located on course
  • Locker rooms/showers 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
  • 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.