Whitewater Triathlon

The Whitewater Triathlon might follow the standard tri recipe: swim, bike, run, but Whitewater’s version places competitors in an off-road environment. Take on a 1K open water swim in the Catawba River, a 23K mountain bike leg and a 6.5K trail run through the Whitewater Center’s trail system. Come to challenge yourself. Race to beat a record. And cross the finish line, knowing you stepped outside of your comfort zone.

Check out the shorter distance if triathlons are new to you or you’re looking for a sprint tri with the 400m open water swim in the Catawba River, 12K mountain bike leg, and a 3K trail run.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Distances:
    • 1K swim, 23K bike, 6.5K run
    • 400m swim, 12K bike, 3K run
  • Time:
    • 7:30am – 1K swim, 23K, 6.5K run start
    • 8:00am – 400m, 12K bike, 3K run start


  • Pre-Registration – Last day to pre-register is April 1st
    • $70 – 1K swim, 23K bike, 6.5K run
    • $65 – 400m swim, 12K bike, 3K run
  • Day-of Registration – if available
    • $80 – 1K swim, 23K bike, 6.5K run
    • $75 – 400m swim, 12K bike, 3K run
  • Note: Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before March 29th


Friday, April 9

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Early Packet Pick-up at Whitewater Center
    • 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
    • Early packet pick-up is optional. Typical parking fees apply

Saturday, April 10

  • 6:00am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 6:00am – Transition Zone opens (first come first serve for transition spots)
  • 7:00am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends for 1K swim, 23K bike, 6.5K run
  • 7:15am – Mandatory Pre-Race meeting at Flatwater Dock (long distance) 
  • 7:30am – 1K swim, 23K bike, 6.5K run begins (water start)
  • 7:30am – Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends for 400m swim, 12K bike, 3K run
  • 7:45am – Mandatory Pre-Race meeting at Flatwater Dock (short distance) 
  • 8:00am – 400m swim, 12K bike, 3K run begins (water start)
  • Time TBD – Awards ceremony
  • 12:00pm – Course closes (athletes may finish the course; however, official times may not be recorded)

Race Document:

Race Document


Awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers in the following age groups for both divisions:

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


The entire Whitewater Triathlon 1K or 400m swim leg will take place in the Catawba River. Athletes are encouraged (not required) to bring a second pair of shoes to use between the swim leg and transition.

  • It is mandatory that athletes wear swim caps during the entire duration of the swim. You will be given a swim cap at pre-race check-in.
  • Swim aids (buoys, fins, paddles) are not allowed.


The bike leg will take place primarily on single track trails. A suitable off-road bicycle is strongly recommended.

  • A helmet is required at all times.
  • Bike and helmet to be provided by participant.


Whitewater Tri Course Map

2019 Results:

2018 – 2012 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 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/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 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 
    • 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 racedirector@usnwc.org 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 


U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 | info@usnwc.org