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Welcome to the 2023 edition of the
ABC Challenge

to be held at the Branch County Fairgrounds on 
Saturday, August 26 beginning at 9 am.

Online Registration is now open to all and if you want to save some money register before July 16.

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ABC Challenge gives back to the Community

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Sara Davis, Coldwater High School's Interact Club advisor presents to Karen Buys, Executive Director of the Branch County Girls on the Run program with a check to be used to enhance the Girls on the Run program.  The monies came from proceeds raised at the 2022    ABC Challenge.
Sara Davis, Coldwater High School's Interact Club advisor presents to Keith Bildner, Branch County Fair Manager and Alyssa Blonde, Fair Office Manager, with a check for #1,000 because of all the help given by the Fairground's staff to make the 2022    ABC Challenge so successful.

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"I wanted to share with you the picture that our four year old, Bethannie, drew after the ABC Challenge. You guys did an amazing job and they had so much fun.  She even went through it twice! In this picture you'll see her with water droplets on her face, mud on her clothes and hands and her black tennis shoes she ran in.  In the upper right corner she copied the letters off the sticker she got in her swag bag and in yellow it says "ABC Challenge".  Thanks for a wonderful family experience!"

Kristen Niedzwiecki

Bethannie Niedzwiecki - 4 1_2. 2019 (1).
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What is the ABC Challenge?

The Awesome Branch County Challenge is a fun event for school aged children (4 - 18), and adults . Our course will be "muddier" and longer (over 1 1/2 miles) with over 30 fun and challenging obstacles. At the ABC Challenge, kids and adults get to put their problem solving skills to the test by climbing over bales of hay, army crawling through mud, traversing up and over a wall of tires, navigating over clay covered moguls, and sliding down a hill into an epic mud pit to cap off the adventure! A fun filled day, ending with a priceless sense of accomplishment, is planned for both young and old alike. We hope you will join in the festivities!

WTVB Chamber Chat April 17, 2017

Interview with Ken Delaney of WTVB radio about the ABC Challenge can be found here.

Aerial (Drone) footage of the 2017 ABC Challenge.

WTVB Chamber Chat April 30, 2018

ABC Challenge  adds new sponsors

About us and our event

The Awesome Branch County Challenge was made possible by a very generous donation to the Coldwater High School Interact Club by the Branch County Women Who Care. The Women Who Care is an alliance of busy women who want to make a difference and they do this by pooling their resources and providing a substantial payout to organizations that they choose to recognize. Coldwater High School's Interact Club was chosen to receive their gift and Interact, a Rotary sponsored high school service club, used the money to create the ABC Challenge. The Interact Club was formed in 1991 and has been involved with many school and community projects over the years.


We hope that you enjoy the ABC Challenge as we intend to have this event become a major part of our community and area for many years to come.

For 2022, over $3,500 was donated back to various schools, school districts and community organizations that benefit young people in our communities. 


The Awesome Branch County Challenge continues to grow our event with the addition of Clemens Food Group. Clemens will be our Amphitheater Sponsor.  We would also like to welcome our new Area Sponsors: Camping World/Gander RV, Frederick Family Dental, Sekisui Voltek, the Case Realty Group and the Branch County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council.  New challenge race sponsors include, Prompt Care/Work Care and Coldwater Orthodontics and Aligner Center.

A big shout out to Gib and Jessica Turner from the Cykel Shop of Coldwater for donating a bicycle that we give to one lucky participant in a raffle drawing.

Thanks to the continued support of all of our sponsors we will continue to grow our event and hope to make it the premier obstacle course/mud run in our region for young people of all ages.

Thank you for participating in our event. We hope you enjoy!

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