Saturday, September 28, 2019 • Charlotte, NC • Course Map
Part of a series of races that are run throughout the year here along the woodland trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center just outside Charlotte, N.C., the Wine Vine Trail Race makes its annual running on the last weekend of September with a half marathon and a 5K that include stretches through the woods here along the Catawba River.
The race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the center’s headquarters, and from there heads out onto the trails just north of the center, on the land between the Catawba and Long Creek.
Runners in the half marathon and 5K share the same course for the first half-mile or so, then split off as they near Long Creek.
The opening stretches of the race take runners around the whitewater training areas, the man-made rapids that also serves as the official Olympic training center for whitewater slalom racing.
After that, the half marathon keeps heading south along the river and then deeper into the woods as runners head back toward the center, with stretches around lakes, ponds and through the wilderness here.
After the race, runners can relax and enjoy a well-deserved siesta at the Uncorked wine tasting and live music festival, which starts at 1:00 PM after the race.
Photos courtesy Whitewater Race Series
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the Piedmont region of central southern North Carolina, just miles from the border with South Carolina, Charlotte typically September temperatures that average between 63ºF and 82ºF, while rainfall amounts average just over 3.8 inches for the month, making it the city’s second-wettest month of the year.
- Sept. 28 average low temp: 58ºF
- Sept. 28 average high temp: 79ºF
- 2018 Wild Vine Trail Race Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Wild Vine Trail Race Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Wild Vine Trail Race Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Wild Vine Trail Race Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Wild Vine Trail Race Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 9:00 AM – 5K
Course Time Limit
4 hours — course closes at 12 noon
- $55 – $60 for the half marathon
- $32 – $37 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Charlotte’s Wine Vine Trail Race Half Marathon or 5K, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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