• Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
ABC-Challenge-logo for 2022 copy.png

Saturday, August 27
Branch County Fairgrounds

Girl on Tire 1.jpg
Running through the mud.jpg
Slip, Slidding Away.jpg

What's new for "22"

  • More obstacles and more "mud"

  • “2 for 22” - The ABC Challenge is joining forces with the Branch County United Way
    to offer a 2 for 22 deal.  For an additional $10 a participant can also participate in the United Way’s Living Color “Color Run” held this year on Saturday, August 20th. 
    You may enroll in the ABC Challenge, pay an additional $10 fee and you will automatically be enrolled in the "Color Run".   You will receive the normal “swag bags” that are given out at both events.  

  • The "Color Run" will be held at the Heritage Youth Fields at Heritage Park in Coldwater on the west side of town. 

  • Color Run tee shirts will not be available after August 1.  You may still sign up for the event after the 1st.

  • More info regarding the "Color Run" can be found here: branchcountyuw.org/livingcolor

  • What a great way to kick off the new school year with not one but TWO events for kids to have fun at.  Proceeds generated go back to benefit our various communities as well!

Your ABC Challenge Team

Swag Bag goodies!

All participants receive a custom tee shirt, medal, items provided by our various sponsors

and are automatically entered into a Raffle drawing where the winner will

receive a bicycle donated by

The Cycle Shop of Coldwater

2022 Course Design is now online

Go to the Info page.


Tip of the Month
Put together a team of your friends - 5 to a team.  That way you will all be able to run the event at the same time and to top it off you will each save $5 off of the regular price for the
ABC Challenge.

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!


Emmitt Schumacher Bike Winner 2019 ABC C
  • Facebook Social Icon

"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).
Over the hay bales.jpg
Having Fun.jpg
Tube Time.jpg

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 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.  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.

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!