Tread Nightly & Tread Brightly Half Marathon

Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24, 2019 • Charlotte, NC • Course Map

This pair of trail races that run along the challenging hills and trails that surround the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte offer stunning views by the morning light for the Tread Brightly Half Marathon, and a perspective you can only see when you’re wearing a headlamp at night, which you’ll have to do at the Tread Nightly Half Marathon the night before.


Both races are part of a series of trail runs known as the Whitewater Race Series, organized by the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a 400-acre facility used by the U.S. Olympic whitewater rowing team here along the Catawba River.

For the first race on the weekend – the Tread Nightly Half – you’ll grab your headlamp and prepare for a run under the stars, organizers say, as you’ll begin your race at 8:00 PM. The sun is projected to set around 8:40 PM, so you’ll begin in twilight and finish in the dark.

For those up for a real challenge, camp out at the Whitewater Center overnight and then run the Tread Brightly Half, which starts at 8:00 AM the next morning. If you’re not up for running 13.1 miles, the race also features a 4-mile run on both Friday evening and Saturday morning.

An early July morning beckons a pair of runners at the Tread Brightly Half Marathon, which runs along the hilly trails of the U.S. National Whitewater Center. (Photo courtesy Whitewater Race Series)

An early July morning beckons a pair of runners at the Tread Brightly Half Marathon, which runs along the hilly trails of the U.S. National Whitewater Center. (Photo courtesy Whitewater Race Series)

Runners wear headlamps on the trails at the Tread Nightly Half Marathon. (Photo courtesy Whitewater Race Series)

Runners wear headlamps on the trails at the Tread Nightly Half Marathon. (Photo courtesy Whitewater Race Series)

Photo courtesy Whitewater Race Series

Some photos from the 2018 races:

Tread Nightly, Tread Brightly Half Marathon

Tread Nightly, Tread Brightly Half Marathon

Tread Nightly, Tread Brightly Half Marathon

Photos courtesy Whitewater Race Series

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the Piedmont region of southern North Carolina, Charlotte typically sees its hottest temperatures of the year in July, while rainfall is spread pretty evenly year-round. Record temperatures for the month include a low of 53ºF (in 1961) and a high of 103ºF (in 1986).

On race day (Aug. 23 & 24), the average low is 69ºF and the average high is 88ºF.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly Half Marathons here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 PM – Tread Nightly Half Marathon
  • 8:30 PM – Tread Nightly 4-Miler
  • 8:00 AM – Tread Brightly Half Marathon
  • 8:30 AM – Tread Brightly 4-Miler

Fees

  • $50 – $60 for the half marathon
  • $30 – $37 for the 4 miler

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of either the Tread Nightly or Tread Brightly Half Marathon (or both races), register online at the race website here.

Official Race Website

usnwc.org

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