To run. Run. Do not stop.
And most importantly, don’t stop when the race means the dollars will go to important local charities. Yes, it’s that time of year again to rediscover our city through the 9th annual Discover Whitewater Series. People ran and walked for a half marathon and a 5 km race. The run raises funds for charities that help the city become stronger and fitter, just like the participants in the run. It has become this healthy lifestyle event for many people from many other counties and the town of Whitewater who come together to run the 5K or Half Marathon. Over the past 9 years, the event has raised $ 204,500 for community organizations, charities and all to build a stronger community.
“About 400 people all came out to run in this event, half for the 5K and half for the half marathon,” said one of the event’s organizers, Jeff Knight.
“The event raises money for charities, and it’s the biggest fundraiser in town. It is to fund the town, its businesses, schools and organizations in Whitewater. This year we had around 240 volunteers who helped with this event. I love seeing the smiles on the people, seeing the volunteers helping and knowing that this event is making a difference in this city, ”said Knight.
There are runners who are running for the first time to show their support, show their skills and have a good time. This good time would end with a person sweating and breathing heavily after running a lot at the end.
“It was really tough, but it was worth it. It was great for the support from everyone, cheering me on was nice and it was my first year! I ran this year for my friends, Whitewater, myself to support them and feel inspired, ”said one of the event’s runners, Megan Coakley.
“I like to support by participating in local races and the local community. The beauty behind it is pleasurable. The opportunity to support the community is powerful and strong. Also the cheerleaders and the group all walked out of the graveyard at the top of the hill, all cheered, supported us and it was fun. It was amazing that they were supporting us, ”said runner with first place in the half marathon, Naomi Fulton.
The event was full of people, the community came together to support everyone who ran and felt the pride of Whitewater. The volunteers smiled, lending a hand and simply supporting the community. They raised funds for the five local charities: Bethel House of Whitewater Inc, Whitewater Unified School, District for Academic Excellence, J-Hawk Aquatic Club and Whitewater LEADS. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others is part of a good day at work!