Discover Whitewater Series donates $21,000 to local charities

Featured image courtesy of Tom Ganser

(Discover Whitewater Series press release) — The Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon and 5k held its eighth annual race on Sunday, September 20, 2020. This year’s race held new challenges that had not been experienced before. To keep the safety of all runners and volunteers in mind, participation was limited to 300 runners and social distancing was required during the whole event. Despite this change, the DWS was able to raise $21,000 to donate to charity this year. In the past eight years, the DWS has been able to donate $204,500 to its charity partners. 

The DWS partners with five local charities: Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Bethel House, Whitewater Unified School District, Whitewater LEADS and J-Hawk Aquatic Club. The $21,000 was split up between these charities and each was given $4,200. “We are so excited to be able to give so much back to the Whitewater community,” DWS Executive Director Jeffery Knight said. “Despite all of the challenges of this year, we are happy to continue to support the local community. We couldn’t have done it without all the support from our wonderful sponsors!” In the past, the DWS hosted a banquet celebrating the race, our sponsors, and our charity partners. Traditionally, each donation to our charity partners is presented at the banquet. This year, the checks were presented outside while following social distancing guidelines.

Each year, the DWS team looks for ways to improve our event, with the end goal being to put on a fun, athletic event and to benefit the Whitewater community. To monitor feedback of the event, a post-race survey is sent out to all participants. The purpose of the survey was to give race participants the opportunity to express their opinions of their overall race day experience. In the 2020 DWS, 54 percent of the runners had participated in past DWS races. In the survey, 100 percent of all returning and first-time runners expressed that they felt “satisfied to extremely satisfied” with the race, and 98 percent of respondents also said they would recommend the DWS to friends and family. 


Out of all the changes from this year’s DWS, one of the most popular updates has been the addition of drive-through packet pickup, where participants were able to social distance and not get out of their cars. No matter how 2021 looks, this is one change the DWS team will likely be keeping. Another big hit was our new race course. Participants could experience more of the City of Whitewater while still participating in a challenging and fun race.

For more information about the DWS contact Jeffery Knight at jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or 920.728.0662. About the DWSThe goal of the DWS is to promote the City of Whitewater and highlight its greatest features. The DWS partners with the city, business community, university and the school district to make this a tremendous event that benefits all who participate. For more information about the race visit runwhitewater.com. For general race inquiries email info@runwhitewater.com.

Bethel House’s Bev Bonge-Ganser, Bethel House’s Kristy Weinberg, Bethel House’s Nicole Llemuskevitsch and Generac’s Maria Tello (submitted photos)
WUSD Administrator Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty (L) and J-Hawks Aquatic Club’s Cheri Zimdars
Whitewater Manufacturing’s Crystal Singer (L) and WUSD Administrator Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty 
City Manager Cameron Clapper, UW-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight Watson and Whitewater LEADS’ Jim Winship
Fort HealthCare’s Traci Wilson, Working for Whitewater’s Wellness’ Ilse Fritz and Fort HealthCare’s Nicole Leibman

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