Medals Are In!

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The medals are here! Pictured from left to right is the Half Marathon, 5K, and Fit Kid Shuffle. No matter what your pace is this year, ALL participants are going to go home with one of these classic medals! Now that’s some nice hardware to add to the collection!

New Glass Awards for Place Finishers!

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New this year, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each age group will be receiving a Discover Whitewater Series Finisher Glass as their prize. Each place will receive its corresponding glass with either a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place printed on the glass. Furthermore, 1st place finishers will also receive a hat inside the glass as an additional prize. We are pleased with the new awards this year, and owe Coburn Company (Whitewater, WI) a huge thanks for making this possible!

**Due to the award glasses being fragile, we will not be mailing remaining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards this year. We advise that you be present at the awards ceremony if you feel you have qualified for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in your age group to receive your award. Awards not picked up at the ceremony can be picked up at the Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center.

2016 T-Shirt Designs!

Featured below are the fabulous 2016 t-shirts for the Discover Whitewater Series! Check them out!

      Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay

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                                       5K

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                              Fit-Kid Shuffle

            Fit Kid

                                Kids Korral

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                                Volunteer

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

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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.”

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January Update!

8 MONTHS UNTIL RACE DAY!

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.

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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. 

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New Race Director

Drum Roll Please!

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

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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.”

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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!

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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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Discover Whitewater Series a Success!

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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.”

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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.

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Discover Whitewater Series Race Results Now Available

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.

Top finishers in the Half Marathon Men’s Division included Brian Finnel of Madison, WI (1:08:15.6), Ryan Meissen of Mukwonago, WI (1:10:22.5) and Zach Bruns of Milwaukee, WI (1:11:10.4).  Top finishers in the Half Marathon Women’s Division included Dani Fischer of Wausau, WI (1:17:06.4), Teresa Stanley of Whitewater, WI (1:26:48.4) and Kimberly Leal Tortomasi of Palmyra, WI (1:27:13.6).  Top finishers in the 5K Men’s Division included Cam Blegen of Madison, WI (17:07.8), Eric Hess of Whitewater, WI (18:17.8) and Eric Ruiz of Oconomowoc, WI (18:23.7).  Top finishers in the 5K Women’s Division included Angela Riemenschneider of Nashotah, WI (22:46.4), Jennifer Laughlin of Watertown, WI (23:37.4) and Megan Roegner of Milwaukee, WI(24:02.3).  Top finishers were awarded prize money or gift certificates from Performance Running Outfitters.  Race results for all participants in the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K can be found at the website, RunWhitewater.com..