Our 3rd Annual Discover Whitewater Series was a great success! Thank you volunteers and 723 registrants! See you on again on 9.18.16!  Results for the 2015 Race are here.

About 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 the continued support and interest, the second annual Discover Whitewater Series on September 21, 2014 was a great success. In two years The Greater Whitewater Series has been able to distribute over $51,000 to five local organizations in efforts to build a stronger community. This would not have been possible without the 563 participants and 400+ volunteers from 2013 and the 723 participants and 450+ volunteers from 2014.

In addition to a challenging course and a well organized event, all participants receive and have access to: a finisher’s medal, shirt, drawstring tote, a free pre-race dinner provided by Chartwells, a free pancake breakfast provided by of Kiwanis on race day, one free day pass to Whitewater Aquatic Center and discounted day pass prices ($5) and a day care service, Kids Korral, on race day sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Whitewater college of Education and Professional Studies, which provided day care for 32 kids in 2014. Purse prize for top half marathon finishers and age group awards for both the half marathon and the 5K.

What’s new for September 18, 2016?  Watch for announcements through the year.


New Race Director

Drum Roll Please!

Please welcome our new Race Director, Jolene Sell! Here’s a bit about Jolene:


She’s a Registered Dietitian at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology-Nutrition Science/Dietetics. She competed four years in Division One Athletics on the Green Bay Women’s Cross-Country Running Team and earned All-Conference Honors. With a passion for nutrition and physical activity, she believes healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle. She has been running since she was 13 years old and continues her passion for running by taking part in local Wisconsin races as well as completing half and full marathons across the nation including the 2012 Boston Marathon. She is also the manager at Drumlin Dining where she directs a number of full time employees as well as many part time students. Her background as both an athlete and manager makes Jolene imminently qualified to work with the dedicated returning team leaders and large number of volunteers

I can’t wait to meet all these amazing volunteers that have dedicated themselves to making the Discover Whitewater Series Half Marathon, 5K and Fit Kid Shuffle such an important regional event. It is truly a special race for the participants and my goal is to ensure that it remains a safe, fun and challenging run. I want to get started building upon the greater base we have now and expand the number of runners this year. I am also very interested in working with the local running clubs and health and fitness operations to expand the number of local runners training for ours and other races.”


Jeffery Knight, Greater Whitewater Committee President and CEO also serves as the race’s Executive Director had this to say about Jolene,

Jolene is an amazing athlete that also has leadership experience. She has an excitement and zeal for running and fitness and will bring that excitement to our race. She is aware of our goals to expand the number of registered participants by at least 10% this year and feels that it a very reasonable goal. I can’t wait to have Jolene meet all our incredible team leaders and start building upon the success of the past two years.”

Traci Wilson, last year’s Marketing Director and Assistant Race Director, praised the appointment,

From the moment I met Jolene I knew that not only was she the right person for the job, but she also had the personality to fit in very well with all our volunteers. The race has a special place in my heart and Jolene will help the community make it bigger and better”


Welcome Jolene! We look forward to seeing where you will take the 2015 Race Series!

2nd Annual Discover Whitewater Series Run for Charities Sunday!

The Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) will feature their 2nd annual Discover Whitewater Series through beautiful Whitewater on Sep. 21, 2014. Taking place in conjunction with the Discover Whitewater Series Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K, is Working for Whitewater’s Wellness (W3) Fit Kid Shuffle  which features a one mile fun run geared for kids 12 and under. This event is FREE to all kids 12 & under thanks to W3’s Fit Kid Scholarship program.

Along with providing opportunities to young runners, the Discover Whitewater Series is an exciting series of events that caters to runners of all ages. To ensure that all members of the family have an opportunity to participate in this year’s series, the Discover Whitewater Series will be offering a Kids Corral.  The Kids Corral is a combined effort of DWS and UW-Whitewater’s College of Education and Professional Studies.  UWW students and volunteers in education will be available to watch kids in a safe environment (12 & under) while parents participate in the Half Marathon or 5K.  This is a free service to any adult who is registered for the Discover Whitewater Series.  Volunteers of the Kids Corral will have gone through a background check and will be managed by Dr. Robin K. Fox, Chair, UW-Whitewater’s College of Education and Professional Studies. For more information, please visit the DWS website.

Online registration for all events closes Sept. 17th.  Onsite registration is available both Sept. 20th and 21st.  Proceeds from the series will go to five local organizations to assist them in building a stronger Whitewater. Those organizations are Whitewater Unified School District, Bethel House, UWW Athletics, W3 (wellness organization) and the Whitewater Aquatic Center.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged along the route, and all post race events are open to the public.  On race day, the The Whitewater Kiwanis Club will be hosting a pancake breakfast in the Whitewater High School (WHS) from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Other post-race events will be located adjacent to WHS on Elizabeth St., and include family friendly activities such as a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, live music with Titan Fun Key, food, Octoberfest Beer from Randy’s Fun Hunters Brewery, wine from Staller Estate Winery and much more.

To view course maps, road closure information, parking availability on race day, or for any other inquiries visit our site!