WHERE DOES THE NAME TUCK FEST COME FROM?

The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historic landmark located on the property of the Whitewater Center. The Ford is the first known crossing point along the Catawba River that was traveled by Native Americans and European settlers. The Ford allowed travelers coming from the western part of the state to reach the key intersection of the Tuckaseegee Trail and the great Trading Path, the area now known as Center City Charlotte. As the area continued to grow, the Ford became a crucial crossing point for travelers and traders during and after the Revolutionary War. Located next to the Whitewater Center on the Catawba River, Sadler Island is a visible reminder of the Tuckaseegee Ford and its historic significance.

IS THIS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT?

Yes, Tuck Fest has plenty to do for participants of all ages. From the Family Obstacle Race to live music, Tuck Fest provides plenty of space for families to come out and get active together.

DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE MUSIC? WILL THERE BE SEATING FOR MUSIC?

All Tuck Fest music is free and open to the public. Standard Whitewater Center parking fees apply. Seating is not provided for the live musical performances. Plenty of areas for guests to bring chairs and blankets are available. Please visit the Festival & Concert FAQ for more information. Tuck Fest Terrace Access Passes are available each day for guests looking for an elevated experience.

IS THERE A SPECTATOR FEE?

There is no fee for spectators coming to enjoy the Tuck Fest clinics, demos, music, vendor villages or spectate any of the races or competitions. All vehicles will be subject to standard Whitewater Center parking fees ($6 daily per vehicle).

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A RACE/COMPETITION? WHAT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN MORE THAN ONE?

The Tuck Fest race/competition registration is a one-time flat fee that grants access to all races and competitions throughout the 3-day festival. During registration participants will have the option to select a timing chip, which means their race times will be timed and posted online. After completing the registration process, participants can compete in as many Tuck Fest races and competitions as they would like throughout the festival. Day-of registration will also be available on-site each day of Tuck Fest. Additional registration details can be found HERE.

Please note certain races and competitions have capacity limits or entry qualifications and require additional steps beyond completing the Tuck Fest registration form. Please see specific race/competition pages for further information.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN TUCK FEST RACES/COMPETITIONS?

Anyone who has paid the one-time registration fee may participate in any Tuck Fest race and competition (with the exception of the Deep Water Solo comp which features an application process) once they receive a Tuck Fest participation bib and bracelet. There are age recommendations and capacity restrictions for certain races and competitions that can be found in the individual race/competition details.

WHAT RACES WILL BE CHIP TIMED?

When completing the Tuck Fest race/competition registration, registrants will have the option to add on a timing chip for $10. Certain races utilize a chip to chip timing system to generate results. Runners and cyclists who do not have a chipped bib for these events can still participate and will see their time on the race clock, but they will not be eligible for the podium and will not have their time posted on the online results. Races that do not utilize the chip-to-chip timing system will be hand timed, and all participants regardless of whether they do or do not have a chipped bib will have their time or score hand recorded and be eligible for the podium.

The following races will be chip timed and will require a participant timing chip in order to be podium eligible: Tuck Fest 10 Miler, Half Marathon Trail Race, Short Track MTB Race, Night Trail Race, Quarter Marathon Trail Race, MTB Enduro, Kid’s Trail Race, Twilight 5K, Tuck Fest Half Marathon, King & Queen of Goat Hill, 5K Trail Race, Dog Jog.

WHERE CAN I FIND MY RACE RESULTS?

All race results will be posted on the Tuck Fest website under that specific race or competition. Results will be available online within one week from the race date.

HOW DOES THE TUCK FEST DEEP WATER SOLO COMP APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?

Anyone can apply to compete in the Tuck Fest Deep Water Solo Comp; we will have a limited number of wild card entry opportunities. In order to create the best possible experience for both climbers and spectators, the Whitewater Center will select the top male and female climbers based on his/her climbing resume to compete in the seeding round. More details about the application process can be found HERE.

WILL GEAR BE PROVIDED FOR RACES AND COMPETITIONS?

For most events, participants are expected to provide their own equipment, but with a wide range of races and competitions throughout the festival, each event is different. See the individual race/competition description for details.

DOES THE TUCK FEST REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDE PARTICIPATION IN ANY WHITEWATER CENTER ACTIVITY?

Tuck Fest Race/Competition registration does not include any Pass Activities. Guests must purchase a pass or tour in order to participate in any of our land, flatwater or whitewater activities. Pass options can be found on the Whitewater Center website.

CAN I USE UBER OR LYFT TO GET TO TUCK FEST?

Yes, ridesharing (such as Uber or Lyft) is always an option. If you would like to be dropped off at the main facility, standard parking fees ($6 per vehicle) will apply. Otherwise, there will be a ridesharing drop-off point on the Parkway. From the drop-off point, it is a half mile walk to the main facility. Ridesharing pick-up is available at the main facility with no fee.

WHERE ARE THE CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS? IS THERE ON-SITE CAMPING AVAILABLE AT THE U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER?

For guests staying overnight, we recommend viewing our accommodations page. Overnight camping is not permitted on U.S. National Whitewater Center property.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE TUCK FEST WEEKEND?

Helping hands throughout the festival are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering during any day of Tuck Fest, please complete a volunteer application.

WHEN IS VENDOR VILLAGE OPEN?

Vendor Villages will be open during the following times:

Friday: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE AS A VENDOR OR EVENT SPONSOR?

If you are interested in being a vendor or event sponsor during Tuck Fest, please visit the Vendor Application page found HERE.

WILL THE TRAILS BE OPEN THROUGHOUT TUCK FEST?

The Whitewater Center trail status is variable and is dependent on weather conditions. As always, we recommend checking the Whitewater Center website for trail status before visiting. The Whitewater Center trails are still available to the general public during the various Tuck Fest races and competitions. We do suggest that users check the schedule and plan around these races to maintain a better user experience for all parties.

IF IT RAINS, WILL YOU CANCEL THE FESTIVAL?

Tuck Fest will take place rain or shine. Certain aspects of the festival may be adjusted to account for the weather conditions. The Tuck Fest website and Whitewater Center social media channels will be updated to reflect any adjustments.

IF IT RAINS, WILL YOU CANCEL RACES & COMPETITIONS?

Races and competitions will take place rain or shine. The Whitewater Center utilizes an automated weather detection system to track inclement weather approaching the facility. In the event that this system detects thunderstorms in our area, we will delay the scheduled start time of any race/competition up to 30 minutes before making a decision to officially cancel the event.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • You are responsible for your own safety at all times and you must exercise extreme caution during your visit due to the inherently dangerous activities and elements at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
  • The U.S. National Whitewater Center does not allow coolers or outside food and beverage. All bags are subject to search.
  • The U.S. National Whitewater Center is a smoke-free facility. This includes electronic cigarettes and vapes.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.