DWSEvent-ChicagoAthleteAbout The Discover Whitewater Series

The Discover Whitewater Series was initiated by The Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. The inaugural Discover Whitewater Series Half Marathon, 5K, and Fit Kid Shuffle was held Sunday, September 22nd, 2013.  Thanks to 563 participants and 400+ volunteers, $25,000 in proceeds from the event was distributed to five local organizations in an effort to build a stronger community.

In addition to a challenging course and well organized event, all participants receive a finisher’s medal, shirt, drawstring tote, a free pre-race dinner, and a free pancake breakfast race day!  Purse prize for top half marathon finishers and age group awards for both the half marathon and the 5K.

What’s new for September 21, 2014?  Entertainment along the course, additional post race events, revamped parking and shuttle service.


Discover Whitewater Series Distributes $25,000 to Local Charities!

GWClogoThe Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) debuted their inaugural Discover Whitewater Series on Sep. 22, 2013. The series featured a Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5k and Fit Kid Shuffle through scenic and tranquil Whitewater. Race day, the GWC and Discover Whitewater Series Planning Committee were joined by 563 participants and 400+ volunteers for a successful event.

In an effort to build a stronger community, the Greater Whitewater Committee chose five local charity partners to receive the event proceeds.  A total of $25,000 will be split between Bethel House, UW-Whitewater Field & Cross Country, W3 (Working for Whitewater’s Wellness), Whitewater Unified School District to promote academic excellence, and the Whitewater Aquatic Center.

The Greater Whitewater Committee, Discover Whitewater Series Planning Committee, charity partners, sponsors and key volunteers gathered at the Whitewater Country Club for a thank you reception to review the event’s success and present the checks to the charity partners on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.  There were 90+ event sponsors, volunteers, and charity partners in attendance.

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Larry Kachel, Chairman of the Board of the GWC praised the involvement of the entire community, “The city, school district, and university came together to make this event a true success.”

updated sept 2013 371Jeffery Knight, President/CEO of the GWC emceed the event and presented plaques to all the sponsors and the checks to the charity partners.  Knight shared event anecdotes and recognized each group individually, highlighting the imporance of everyone’s involvement, “Our charity partners provided much needed support and volunteers to help ensure this even’ts success, each and every one of them absolutely deserve these funds.”  

Stacey Kincaid, the Discover Whitewater Series Race Director shared this with the group, “I am honored to have worked with all of the amazing people in this room, the success of this event would not have been possible without this team.”

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The Greater Whitewater Committee and Discover Whitewater Series would like to thank everyone involved with making this inaugural event a success.  The Whitewater community is a great place to visit, live, and work and we will showcase our wonderful community once again at our next Discover Whitewater Series on September 21, 2014.  We hope everyone will join us!

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Discover Whitewater Series a Success!

UW-Whitewater photo/Jenny DuPuis

UW-Whitewater photo/Jenny DuPuis

The Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) debuted their inaugural Discover Whitewater Series on Sep. 22, 2013. The series featured a Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5k and Fit Kid Shuffle through scenic and tranquil Whitewater. Along with a wide array of racing events, several pre-race and post-race events were open to runners and the general public .

The GWC and Discover Whitewater Series planning committee would like to thank the 563 participants who joined us on the beautiful first day of fall. Race Directors, Stacey Kincaid and Melissa Sebastian did an outstanding job to ensure a quality, safe and fun course for all events. Also, thank you to the 400+ volunteers and over 60 sponsors who helped to make this event a success.

“This has been an amazing group of volunteers to work with. Plans for this event were well organized and executed on race day “, says, Melissa Sebastian who stepped in as Race Director for Stacey Kincaid on September 1st. Stacey gave birth to her third child 10 days before the event. Stacey is a native of Whitewater and an accomplished runner who has run over 25 races in the last two years. This was her first event as a Race Director. Melissa’s background in health & fitness along with her experience directing large scale events made her an excellent choice to step in for Stacey once on maternity leave. Stacey along with her family was able to enjoy the day and see first-hand what an outstanding job her and the Planning Committee did to accomplish a well organized and safe event for participants.

Mark Maas, event emcee and former Whitewater H.S. Track Head Coach recently stated, “The groundwork laid by the planning committee and in particular, Stacey Kincaid, made this event one that will easily double in size because of word of mouth messaging by the runners. Everyone was impressed with the detail of the race. I am humbled and proud to have been associated with such an amazing event.”

(UW-Whitewater photo/JENNY DUPUIS

UW-Whitewater photo/JENNY DUPUIS

Many top competitive athletes and Whitewater alumni joined participants from Whitewater and surrounding communities, such as Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Janesville, Madison, and Elkhorn to name a few. Dani Fischer, an accomplished runner and the Overall 1st Place Women’s Half Marathon Finisher, commented after the race, “VERY WELL DONE! One of the most enjoyable events I’ve run in. 5 stars! “

More testimonials and results can be found HERE.