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Important Novel Coronavirus Information

Due to the national emergency that we are facing with the Novel Coronavirus outbreak we will be cancelling the ABC Challenge for 2020.  The safety of our participants, volunteers and spectators is of utmost importance to us and because there is not a vaccine at this time we don't feel comfortable putting on the event this year.

Your ABC Challenge Team  

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the ABC Challenge  has been cancelled for 2020.

 We will be back with an even muddier event in 2021.

That experience awaits you on

August 28th  at the 

2021    ABC Challenge  

Event will once again take place at the Branch County Fairgrounds.

Congratulations to Emmitt Schumacher - winner of the 2019    bicycle raffle.  

Special Thanks to the Cykel Shop of Coldwater for the donation of the Raffle Prize!




2019 ABC Challenge  

The event for 2019 was  a wet, muddy affair!!!  

In other words  - Everyone had a great time.

Click on the camera icon below to see and download all photos taken at the

2019 ABC Challenge. Also go to our Facebook page for even more  pictures!


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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

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 25 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 2019, 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.  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.

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

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