EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Amazing Race return to Loveland

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A Loveland Magazine file photo from the 2012 Amazing Charity Race in Historic Downtown Loveland

 

Race LogoLoveland, Ohio – In this LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV video you will find out everything you need to know, about the 2015 version of the Amazing Charity Race, at least what the organizers are prepared to share with the public until the night before the race.

We have sworn secrecy to much that has been shared with us, but we do know…

The 10th, Amazing Charity Race, on Saturday, June 20, formerly the Loveland Amazing Race, starts this year in Milford, goes into and around places in Miami Township…

and returns to Historic Downtown Loveland Saturday, June 20th after a two-year hiatus!

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A Loveland Magazine file photo from the 2013 Amazing Charity Race

In this exclusive interview, Race founder, Doug Portman said what will probably be the favorite challenge station for both spectators and teams alike will be at the Loveland Moose Lodge on East Loveland Avenue. He used the word “stuff” that was specially made and imported from China just for whatever they have cooked up at the Moose Lodge. He said, “It was a whole fiasco getting it made and shipped to the United States, and to Loveland.”

Loveland Magazine was let into some of the secret, and it sounds spectacular enough that we already have a drone video team planing logistics for the Moose challenge station.

In this interview, the committee talks about the best spots for spectators to watch the race, cheer on their favorite teams, and the best places to park.

Portman also wanted everyone to know that the post-race party is open to the community. There will be entertainment and food.

Teams will be in Loveland from Rhode Island and Florida and about 30 teams will compete in their tenth, Amazing Charity Race.

The committee, the 500 volunteers each year, and the race teams, have raised about $700,000.00 over ten years. The money goes to charities and the volunteer organizations.

 

WHAT IS IT?

It is a full day of good natured competition, music and food and laughs. The race committee is laughing itself silly coming up with fun challenges. It is not a triathlon or a 5K race. It is not limited to runners or highly athletic individuals. You must be able to swim. It is a race in that it has a start and finish line but along the way it challenges the contestants in many ways. It is a fun, quirky, adventure that challenges the contestants agility, balance, coordination, strength, intelligence, problem solving skills, fine motor skills, and most important their sense of humor. You are invited whether it is to compete or join our team of over 500 volunteers so come enjoy, have a great time for a good cause and as always expect the unexpected.

Why did race leave Loveland?
In 2012, the Loveland’s Amazing Race board of directors decided to hold the event in Miami Township and the City of Milford in 2013, leaving the Historic Downtown Loveland, after seven years. Ten days before the 2012 race, former, Loveland city manager Thomas Carroll refused to issue the necessary special event permit unless either the Race Board give the city $5,000 for the permit, or Race Board Member Martin Schickel sell a piece of prime real estate to the city for the Loveland Station development project. Carroll e-mailed a demand letter to Schickel, requesting $5,000 for his signature on the permit. Carroll said, “If not, the event shall be cancelled this year.”

The event was almost cancelled that year. Portman said at the time, that his board talked about what it would mean if the Race was cancelled. He said, “My biggest thing is that we are trying to get a race off. We have people coming in from all over the country, including my own personal family coming from St. Louis.” He said he was just trying to get the race off the ground and make charities happy, make volunteers happy, and of course make the runners happy. There will be 1,000 contestants, and 500 volunteers involved.”

After Loveland Magazine broke the story and it went public, the permit was finally wrestled from Carroll and the event was held as scheduled. (Read background story here: City Manager Threatens to Cancel Loveland’s Amazing Race) The race organizers negotiated unsuccessfully with then mayor, Rob Weisgerber over conditions for the 2013 race, however ultimately decided to take it to another community. They welcomed overtures from Milford and Miami Township. The race was re-named, “The Amazing Charity Race.”

Carroll resigned his position with the city immediately after the next council election when a new council majority was elected. The controversy Carroll created, moving of the race to Milford and Miami Township, and whether Carroll should remain employed, became the major concern of Loveland voters.

Public invited to party at finish line in Loveland’s Nisbet Park
Paxton’s Grill will be cooking out at the post race party for all spectators. Pulled pork, brats, burgers and hot dogs for the kids. $5 gets you sandwich and chips. (hot dog meal $4) Bud, Bud Lite and soft drinks will be available. Map to Nisbet Park
The band Counting Skeletons will entertain

Map Party – Post Race Party http://conta.cc/1QpTdqT

The Amazing Charity Race is a charity production of the race committee:    

Doug Portmann – Founder, Gary Huber, Kathy Schickel, Martin Schickel, Tom Grome, Marjorie Blair, John  McCahan, Dustan Bray, Sharon Needham and 600 more volunteers.
Treasurer – Nancy Kaufmann
CPA – Cathy Moseley – Catherine M. Moseley, CPA

All proceeds to these charities.

Loveland’s Amazing Race dba The Amazing Charity Race is a 501c3 organization. 

 

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