Tuck Fest Trail Half Marathon

Friday, April 26, 2019 • Charlotte, NC • Course Map

The challenging hills and trails that wind through the forest surrounding North Carolina’s U.S. National Whitewater Center — a 1,300-acre training facility on the Catawba River — are the setting for the Tuck Fest Live Music & Outdoor Competitions, a series of running, kayaking, whitewater and obstacle races for runners, hikers and families.


Runners will have their choice of multiple trail running events over the course of the weekend, which also includes a quarter marathon on Saturday, both of which unfold along the trails that surround the USNWC and feature plenty of hilly, challenging twists and turns around the training center.

(There’s also a Twilight 5K, a daylight 5K, as well as two youth trail races throughout the weekend.)

Interspersed with the outdoor athletic events will be time to rest and relax, and take in live music, roughly every couple of hours throughout the day on Saturday as well as on Friday and Sunday.

In addition to the trail running races, there are also whitewater rafting, paddle board, and kayaking events, as well as mountain biking and rock climbing events.

Throughout the weekend, organizers also plan to use the event to highlight the nearby Tuckaseegee Ford and Tuckaseegee Trail, both of which are located in the historic center next to the USNWC.

Here’s how the organizers describe it, in an email to us: “Lace up and hit the trails during the Tuck Fest Half Marathon trail race, held on a variety of routs within the USNWC’s trail system. This two-lap course, running 13.1 miles along the Catawba River, will get your blood flowing and start your Tuck Fest Saturday off on the right foot.

“Looking to participate in a distance race a little shorter than the Half Marathon? Give the Tuck Fest Quarter Marathon a shot. This on-lap race will put you on the same trails as the Half Marathon, but covers roughly 6.5 miles. This trail race is perfect for training or for those simply looking to enjoy a morning run through the beautiful USNWC trail system.

A runner treks the trails through North Carolina's U.S. National Whitewater Center at the Tuck Fest Half Marathon. (Courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center)

Runners make their way along the trails through North Carolina's U.S. National Whitewater Center at the Tuck Fest Half Marathon. (Courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center)

Tuck Fest Half Marathon. (Courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center)

A runner treks the trails through North Carolina's U.S. National Whitewater Center at the Tuck Fest Half Marathon. (Courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center)

The finish line festival at the Tuck Fest Half Marathon. (Courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the Piedmont region of central southern North Carolina, just miles from the border with South Carolina, Charlotte typically sees cool to sometimes warm weather in April, a month that has seen record temperatures here as low as 21 degrees (in 2007) and as high as 96 degrees (in 1925).

  • April 26 average low temp: 52ºF
  • April 26 average high temp: 75ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Tuck Fest Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

12:00 PM

Fees

  • $40 and up for adults (ages 10 and above)
  • $30 and up for (ages 9 and under)

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Charlotte’s Tuck Fest Half Marathon, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website

www.tuckfest.org

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