We’re still running. We will always strive to provide a safe, competitive, and fun race. See you on 09.20.20.

Registration closes September 1, 2020

The DWS is committed to running a safe and competitive race, and has created new procedures that prioritizes the safety of you and our community. Therefore, we have canceled the following events: 

  • On-site Registration
  • In-person Goodie Bags
  • T-shirt Exchange
  • W3 Fit Kid Shuffle
  • Kids Korral
  • Half Marathon Relay
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Age Group Awards
  • Pre-race Dinner
  • Whitewater Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
  • Post-race Celebration
  • Shuttle Services

The six-foot social distancing rule will be enforced and there will be a 150-participant cap on the Half Marathon and 150-participant cap for the 5K.

Every participant registered will receive a finisher’s medal and a t-shirt, however there will be no on-site registration or t-shirt exchange this year.

We plan to scale the race down and keep everyone as safe as possible by putting certain restrictions and regulations in place. Contact with other individuals will be extremely limited to ensure that no one is spreading any disease. Exercise and fitness are crucial components in preventing any long-term health impacts and should be encouraged, which is why we will continue to offer the DWS. 

See full DWS We’re Still Running Plan.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Unless you live in the same household as another race participant, all race participants must remain six feet apart throughout the duration of the race day weekend.

The start line will be eight feet wide; allowing two runners to start at opposite ends. There will then be dots painted six feet apart in lines behind the start line. All runners must start the race on a painted dot (we recommend arriving early to find a spot). If a runner wants to pass another race participant, they must remain six feet apart. Runners will be sent every 8-10 seconds for the 5k race and every 20 seconds for the half marathon.

Spectators will not be allowed onto the track or into the finish line area. Spectators will be able to view and cheer on finishers from the bleachers adjacent to the finish line (behind the fence) or on the bleachers near the press box. We are asking that all spectators to the event follow the social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart unless you live in the same household.

Packet Pick-Up

All race participants must pick up their packet prior to race start.

Race participants will be directed by a race marshal on where to go to pick up their own packet. We will be following an honor system for packet pickup. This year, race participants won’t be asked to show their IDs to limit interaction. 

Packets will include information regarding DWS’s social distancing guidelines, race information, t-shirts, bibs, and medals. No on-site registration or t-shirt exchange will occur.

Times and Locations

Saturday, September 19, 2020

4:30 – 7 p.m.

Whitewater High School

534 S. Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, WI 53190. Please enter at Door #4.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

6 – 7:30 a.m.

Whitewater High School

534 S. Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, WI 53190. Please enter at Door #4.

Race Day at a Glance

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Whitewater High School (Elizabeth & South Street)

4:30 – 7 p.m.

Packet Pick-Up

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Whitewater High School (Elizabeth & South Street)

6 – 7:30 a.m.: Packet Pick-Up

7:55 a.m.: Wheelchair Division Start

8 a.m.: Half Marathon Start

8:25 a.m.: 5K Wheelchair Division Start

8:30 a.m.: 5K Start

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Giving Back to the Community

In seven years, the Discover Whitewater Series has been able to distribute over $183,500 to five local organizations in efforts to build a stronger community.

Working for Whitewater’s Wellness

The Working for Whitewater’s Wellness (W³) coalition seeks to promote physical, mental, spiritual and social wellness within the context of connecting with one’s community by individual and community attention to eating wisely, physical activity, purpose and social connection.

Visit them at www.w3wellness.org/

Bethel House

Bethel House provides interim housing for homeless families in Whitewater with children for up to one year while assisting them with utilizing various social services to transition them back to independent housing.

Visit them at www.bethelhouseinc.org

Whitewater LEADS

Whitewater LEADS mission is to support literacy in all its diverse forms throughout the boundaries of the Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD). They are made up of city officials, UW-Whitewater faculty, business leaders, and WUSD faculty.

Visit them at http://whitewater-leads.org

J-Hawks Aquatic Club

Funds raised will support J-Hawk Aquatic Club swimmers. The funds also go towards scholarships for Whitewater children to learn to swim.

Visit them at www.j-hawks.org

Whitewater Unified School District

Funds raised will support the Whitewater school district and toward efforts to achieve academic excellence and raising ACT scores.

Visit them at wwusd.org

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