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7PM

Start things off on the right foot or relax and unwind from a busy day at Tuck Fest with any of our various yoga sessions. Each 60 minute practice is open to all festival guests and will be led by a local instructor.

Participants should bring: water bottle & yoga mat.

Come out and compete in a fun and safe environment at the Kids Obstacle Challenge. This self-timed race challenges kids to complete out Obstacle Challenge Course, located just below the River Course along the Wilderness Channel. Featuring 10 varying obstacles, this race puts your speed and strength to the test. Kids will finish the race by climbing to the top of the knot rope and ringing the bell. Active parental support is encouraged on the course. Participants must be ages 8-12 and weigh over 45lbs. The Kids Obstacle Challenge begins at the times listed below for each day however times must be turned into the Tuck Fest Info Booth (see festival map for location) by 7:00pm on Friday, 4:00pm on Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday to be in the running for prizes.

Learn basic survival information and preventative measures that you can take on your next back-country experience during Survival 101. Our Outdoor School staff will provide a brief overview of the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, fire craft, shelter building and more.

The Bouldering Competition will feature a number of boulder problems of varying difficulty levels which will be fun and challenging for both skilled and new climbers. This competition will take place on the 12 foot bouldering wall within the USNWC’s Climbing Center.

Participants must bring their own crash pads.

Participants should check in 30 minutes prior to the event and there will be a competitors’ meeting 10 minutes before the start.

Grab your goggles and head to the Catawba River for Swim the Ford, Tuck Fest’s open water swimming race. Named after the Tuckaseegee Ford, this race will feature a sprint triathlon distance (.75k) and an Olympic triathlon distance (1.5k) near the flatwater dock. The shorter distance will be a single lap format, while the longer distance will be two laps.

This race is not intended for recreational swimming (ie: playing in the water), and swimmers should be confident in their own abilities as this is a self-assisted race. In order to participate, swimmers are required to bring their own brightly colored swim cap.

Chase the setting sun as your race through the USNWC trail system in this 5 kilometer race. Taking place on the northern section of the USNWC trail system, this event is perfect for avid and beginner trail runners alike, offering a challenging course in a fun environment. This race will conclude prior to sunset.

2016 Course Map

Lace up and hit the trails during the Tuck Fest Half Marathon trail race, held on a variety of routes 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. This event is a part of the Whitewater Race Series Half Marathon Series presented by La Sportiva.

2016 Course Map

2016 Results

2015 Results

Looking to participate in a distance race a little shorter than the Half Marathon? Give the Tuck Fest Quarter Marathon a shot. This one-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.

2016 Course Map

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their meditative exercise routine on the water atop Stand Up Paddle Boards. Practice will be led by a local certified instructor on the flatwater of the Catawba River. Limited boards are provided by the USNWC on a first come, first serve basis (space in the event is limited to 15 slots).

Please Check In at Flatwater Center to receive your paddle and PFD 30 minutes prior to start of demo

Tuck Fest’s Flatwater SUP Race is perfect for the new paddler and the elite racer alike. Choose between the recreational 3 mile or the pro 6 mile distances, both of which start and finish on the Catawba River. This lap based race around Sadler Island will begin with a mass start from the USNWC flatwater dock. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Board lengths for the recreational 3 mile race must be below 12′. The pro 6 mile is open to all board lengths. A limited number of SUP gear packages are available on a first come, first serve the morning of the race.

Racers will meet at the Catawba River dock. Racers renting equipment will need to do so at the Kayak Center prior to race start so they can be at the dock by race start time.

2015 Results

Paddle your way around Sadler Island on a sit-on-top kayak during the Flatwater Kayak Race. This race will be broken up into 1.5 mile and 3 mile distances. Kayaks are included on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Racers will need to check-in for the flatwater kayak race at the Flatwater Center to receive a paddle and PFD. After receiving equipment all racers will proceed to the Catawba River Dock.

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall Male/Female finishers.

It’s time to put your teamwork to the test in the Family Adventure Race, a fun and challenging scavenger-type obstacle race for the entire family throughout the USNWC’s property. Teams must start together, complete each obstacle together, and finish together. A good team strategy will be necessary as obstacles can be completed in any order. The most obstacles completed in the shortest time wins. Teams will comprise of 2 to 5 members.

The K.O.G.H. is a four lap mountain bike challenge combining the USNWC’s most rewarding descents with its most brutal climbs.  The short course is centered around the summit of Goat Hill, and includes various non-traditional routes to create a unique loop unlike any that has been done before.

2016 Course Map

The sun’s going down, but the adventure is just beginning. Test your physical/mental strength and coordination before and after sunset while attempting to complete this scavenger-type obstacle race. Teams will be challenged to find and complete the obstacles, which will be spread throughout our facility. Teams must start together, complete each obstacle together, and finish together. A good team strategy will be necessary as obstacles can be completed in any order. The most obstacles completed in the shortest time wins. Teams will comprise of 2 to 5 members.

This USA Climbing Sanctioned Top Rope Competition will feature numerous routes of varying difficulty, which will challenge both skilled and beginner climbers. The competition will be held at the climbing center and feature routes from 35 to 45 feet.

Participants should check in 30 minutes prior to the event and there will be a competitors’ meeting 10 minutes before the start.

Know your way around whitewater on a SUP? Ready to put your skills to the test? This head-to-head, single elimination race will feature up to six racers per heat navigating their way through a minimum of three mandatory gates on the Wilderness Channel. Scores will be calculated based on finishing order and gate completion, with the winner advancing to the next round.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Results

The Short-Track MTB Race will be a circuit race held on a single-track loop, contested for 40 minutes.  Racers will complete as many laps as possible during the allotted time, and will be given a one-lap-to-go warning at the beginning of their final lap.  All racers will finish on the leaders final lap and will be scored according to how many laps they completed.

2016 Course Map

This single elimination, head-to-head kayak race will take place down the class III and IV rapids of the Competition Channel. Each competitor is guaranteed one timed run down the Competition Channel with a minimum of 3 mandatory gates, with up to 6 boaters participating in each heat. Head-to-head runs will follow based on rankings from timed runs, with the fastest competitors advancing to the next round.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Boats must be plastic and no longer than 9ft, C1s and K1s will race in the same category.

Taking place around the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and through a portion of the USNWC’s single track trail system, this 2K race is the perfect introduction to trail racing for any child. Active parental support is encouraged throughout the course. Reserved for kids ages 9 and under.

2016 Course Map

The Baker’s Dozen Kayak Race race will test the strength and speed of each participant on the world’s largest manmade whitewater river. This mass-start race will begin in the upper pond. Boaters will complete 13 laps on the Wilderness Channel as quickly as possible while racing head-to-head.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater and provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Boats must be plastic and no longer than 9 feet, C-1’s and K-1’s will race in the same category.

Similar to the Friday night 5K, this trail race will take place on the northern part of the USNWC’s trail system. Whether you are an avid trail runner looking to break a personal record, a new runner looking to gain experience, or just want to enjoy a trail run with family or friends, this 5K is a great way to get outside and kick off your Sunday at Tuck Fest.

2016 Course Map

The freestyle kayak competition will be held at a feature along the whitewater channels determined on the day. Each competitor will be allotted three 45 second rides to display their best routine. Boaters will be judged on completed moves, style, and bonus trick points.

Pick up your paddle, strap on your PFD and helmet, and hop on your board for the SUP Enduro race. Similar to the format of the Kayak Bakers Dozen Race, participants will complete six laps navigating the various whitewater features of the Wilderness Channel. This will be a mass start, head-to-head race.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Ready to put your hard earned slalom skills to the test? Jump in on the Citizens Slalom race for a test of your whitewater slalom skills. This timed event will include upstream and downstream gates along the USNWC’s freestyle channel. Recreational and slalom boats welcome. This race will also serve as the Southeast regional slalom qualifier. For more information on the selection criteria, please visit the USACK website.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

2015 Results