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.


FROM THE BLOG

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!

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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