by Sam Smith

Since 2005, The Amazing Charity Race has brought fun and philanthropy together. Through running, cycling, walking and an array of challenges, individuals compete for the fastest time in four categories.

Parent/Child, Male/Female, Male/Male and Female/Female contestant pairs completed an all-new course starting at Paxton Ramsey Park and ending at the Valley View Foundation barn. This year’s Amazing Charity Race featured twenty challenges including hauling greased watermelons into a lake, lawn bowling and Slip N’ Slide kickball.

Over the past thirteen years, the Amazing Race has donated $600,000 to various charitable organizations both large and small and local organizations including Loveland Magazine help sponsor the event.

Watch Loveland Magazine‘s video coverage of the event:

Produced by Loveland Magazine 

Directed/Edited by Sam Smith 

Second Shooting and Drone Operation by Jack Sexton 

Music: “Prologue” written and Performed by Loveland's own Ryan Mangan/Pocket
From the EP L'Appelle Du Vide. 
Featuring Loveland Graduates DK Dews on bass and Drew Lowry on drums.

The 2018 Amazing Race gathered 545 participants. Although the exact amount of money raised is not yet known, according to organizer Doug Portman it has been around $70,000 the past few years. It will go to over 50 charities ranging from funding boy scout troops to bigger charities like the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

In addition to the participants, local charity organizations volunteer their time to coordinate, run water stations, direct events, ensure safety and more in order to receive donations. The Amazing Charity Race website states to prospective volunteers that the role entails “no pay, hard to define benefits and you’re already late for work”. One volunteer receives the Chief John E. Cooper Amazing Volunteer Award, earning their nonprofit $500 more than the initial donation. The winner will be announced at the awards banquet.

The 2018 Amazing Race map and challenges

The results of the race are as follows:


Male – Overall
Bib Name Chip Elapsed Pace City
1 390 JACKSON MILLS JACOB DELUCA 01:38:59 08:59 min/mile LOVELAND
2 180 GREGORY FASIG GARRETT FASIG 01:47:13 09:44 min/mile LOVELAND
127 JOE CRAFT PETE CRAFT 01:49:27 09:57 min/mile LOVELAND


Male – Overall
Bib Name Chip Elapsed Pace City
2 458 KATIE PHELAN VANESSA MALONE 01:54:53 10:26 min/mile LOVELAND
3 208 JULIA GIBSON BRANDI ALIAGA 01:59:21 10:51 min/mile LOVELAND


Male – Overall
Bib Name Chip Elapsed Pace City
1 530 JAY SEGURA DANIEL SEGURA 01:52:30 10:13 min/mile COLUMBUS
2 154 MIKE DOHERTY LEXI DOHERTY 02:00:29 10:57 min/mile MIDDLETOWN
3 290 MATTHEW IMM TINA IMM 02:04:07 11:17 min/mile CINCINNATI


Male – Overall
Bib Name Chip Elapsed Pace City
1 258 TAYLOR HELMES RYAN MASON 01:50:37 10:03 min/mile HAMILTON
2 190 DILLON FREES CORYNNE SWIFT 01:50:58 10:05 min/mile LOVELAND
3 461 JUSTIN PLUMMER CARA PLUMMER 01:51:03 10:05 min/mile SPRINGBORO

More results can be found here.

At the end of each Amazing Charity Race, participants rush to sign up for coveted and limited spots in each coming year’s race. Next year, head organizer Doug Portman claimed the race will end in Loveland again with a totally new course and twenty new challenges.

Those interested in running in the 2019 Amazing Charity Race can sign up here. The earlier individuals sign up, the earlier their start time.

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Jarvis Global is an investment advisory firm in Symmes Township, Ohio which offers private portfolio management and retirement services to high net worth individuals.

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