The New South Trail Marathon

Conquering 26.2 miles on trail is a completely different experience than running on asphalt. The New South Trail Marathon is the only trail marathon in the 2021 Whitewater Race Series and one of the few in North Carolina.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
  • Distance:
    • Full Marathon (26.2 miles)
    • Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Time:
    • 8:00am – Marathon
    • 9:00am – Half Marathon


  • Early-Registration – Last day for early registration is February 22nd, 2021
    • $55 – Half Marathon
    • $70 – Marathon
  • Late-Registration – Last day for late registration is April 2nd, 2021
    • $60 – Half Marathon
    • $75 – Marathon
  • Day-of Registration – If available
    • $65 – Half Marathon
    • $80 – Marathon
  • Recover Brands Hoodies (Marathon) and Long Sleeve Shirts (Half Marathon) are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before March 22nd.
  • Race medals for either distance are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before February 22nd.


Monday, March 29th – Friday, April 2nd

  • 3:00pm – 7:00pm – Packet Pick Up onsite in Outfitters

Saturday, April 3rd

  • 6:30am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30am – Marathon day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:00am – The New South Trail Marathon Start
  • 8:30am – Half Marathon race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:00am – The New South Trail Half Marathon Start
  • 11:30am – 1 Lap cut-off time for Full Marathon distance
  • TBD – Half Marathon Awards
  • TBD – Marathon Awards
  • 3:00pm – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


All Marathon and Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal.

The top 3 overall male/female full marathon participants will receive a custom award.

Awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers in the following age groups for both the Marathon and Half Marathon distances:

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

Half Marathon Series points will also be given to the top 25 OVERALL Male/Female finishers of the New South Half Marathon and New South Marathon.


New South Marathon 2021 course map

2019 – 2016 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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