Our 3rd Annual Discover Whitewater Series was a great success! Thank you to our 430+ volunteers and 716 registrants! See you on again on 9.18.16!

Click here for 2015 race results.

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 September 2013. Thanks to the continued support and interest, The Annual Discover Whitewater Series is a great success. In three years The Greater Whitewater Series has been able to distribute over $77,000 to five local organizations in efforts to build a stronger community. This would not have been possible without all the participants and volunteers these past three years.

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). There is also a free daycare service available, Kids Korral, on race day sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater college of Education and Professional Studies. 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 out the year.



Proud to announce its title of “Best T-Shirt Design” for the Chicago Athlete Magazine Best Race Shirt 2016 competition


The Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) and Discover Whitewater Series (DWS) executive team is proud to announce its title of “Best T-Shirt Design” for the Chicago Athlete Magazine Best Race Competition Shirt 2016 competition. This amazing accomplishment was due to the combined efforts of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater Unified School District, City of Whitewater, Whitewater Business Community, volunteers, students, community members, and team leaders of the DWS. It was because of their dedication that the DWS shirt design placed first out of forty different entries to the Chicago Athlete Magazine Best Race Shirt Competition.

Haley Cox, a recent graduate of UW-Whitewater, is the graphic designer Haleywho created the winning shirt. Cox’s talents are used at Knight Public Affairs, where she works as the exclusive designer of the DWS race. By closely with the DWS executive board, she proudly created the unique design for this year’s 4th annual race. Cox began the creative process by designing four different shirts for the executive board to choose from. Her winning t-shirt design was voted on and loved by all the board members. The DWS Race Director, Jolene Sell, proceeded to submit the shirt as an entry in this year’s Chicago Magazine Best Race Shirt completion. As advertised by the competition, the winner is to be featured in the annual Chicago Athlete Magazine Event Guide. The DWS is a Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) certified race, which makes the victory especially meaningful. The DWS marketing strategy is to highlight everything Whitewater has to offer. This serves to attract runners from Chicago and Northern Illinois, as well as central and southeastern Wisconsin.

The competition was a close and exciting event to follow. As the DWS is set in a University town, watching the response on social media from our community was truly exceptional. In the beginning, our shirt stood in sixth place. It is then that the entire Whitewater community stepped up to bring our half marathon shirt to not only a victory, but by a significant margin. The effort given by countless university/community friends of the race created a buzz within Whitewater that inevitably helps promote the DWS scheduled for September 18, 2016. This achievement would not have been possible without the unique efforts of the Chicago Athlete Magazine, as all the participants had the chance to market their events locally.

Ultimately, the DWS in Whitewater is about raising revenues to support the following nonprofits: Bethel House, J-Hawk Swim Team, W3 Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Whitewater Unified School District for Academic Excellence and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Athletics. Over the last three years, the race has distributed $77,000 to Whitewater community organizations. The DWS executive team is proud of the efforts made, and honored to claim title as “Best Race Shirt Design.”


January Update!


New Charity Partner

For the 4th Annual Discover Whitewater Series, we have partnered with the J-Hawk Aquatic Club as our new charity partner. Representing both the Janesville and Whitewater areas, the J-Hawk Aquatic Club offers experienced coaching for several different age-level teams. The club has graciously promised all of their received proceeds to aid in teaching underpriviledged children to swim. They have also offered to provide needed volunteers for the DWS race day. The J-Hawk Aquatic Club is a Not-For-Profit charitable organization, and we are proud to be working with them for this year’s race.


Kids Korral

To ensure that all members of the family have an opportunity to participate in this year’s series,the Discover Whitewater Series will once again be offering a Kids Korral.  The Kids Korral is a combined effort of DWS and UW-Whitewater’s College of Education & Professional Studies. UW-Whitewater students and volunteers in education will be available to watch kids in a safe environment (6 mos. to 12 years) 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 for the Kids Korral will have previously been through a background check, and will be managed by Dr. Robin K. Fox, Chair, UW-Whitewater’s College of Education & Professional Studies. Please remember to register your children for this event. Same-day drop off will not be accepted.