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Register now for the ABC Challenge as time slots for the event are limited and filling up fast.  Also, if you want to put a Large Group together to all be able to run the event at the same time, go to the Large Group Team special.

Welcome to the
"Kickoff to Summer"
featuring the 

2024 ABC Challenge

When: Saturday, June 1 2024 from 9 am till Noon
Where: Branch County Fairgrounds
the Coldwater Exchange Club's Duck Race
Where: Waterworks Park 
When: The Challenge starts at 10 am with the Duck Race taking place at  approximately 1:30 pm.

We have exciting news to announce as well.  This year we will be hosting the "Kickoff to Summer in Branch County" on Saturday, June 1st in conjunction with the Coldwater Noon Exchange Club.  This event combines the Exchange Club's Duck Race with the ABC Challenge both taking place on June 1st at Waterworks Park and the Branch County Fairgrounds. The ABC Challenge will begin at 9 AM and the Exchange Club's Duck Race will kick off at 10 AM with the actual Duck Race starting at approximately 1:30. 
Now, there are two family friendly events that will take place on the same day, literally right next to each other, that will provide fun for the entire family. Make a day of it as there will be additional activities for kids to participate in as well as food provided by the BCCDSV's Hope Cafe. Plus, there's a chance to win great prizes at the Duck Race.

We will also once again be partnering with the Branch County United Way's Color Run as a part of our Registration process.  The United Way helps out many local organizations and this is a great cause for us to be a part of as well.

From your ABC Challenge Team

All participants of the ABC Challenge are automatically registered to win a bicycle graciously donated by Gib and Jess Turner of the Cykel Shop in Coldwater.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Case,
2023's raffle winner,  with her new bike!

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Pictured: Gib and Jess Turner,  Brooklyn,
and Sarah Davis, Coldwater High School's Interact Advisor.
The Interact Club puts on the ABC Challenge annually.


"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).

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!

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 2023, over $3,500 was donated back to various schools, school districts and community organizations that benefit young people in our communities. 

A new addition to the ABC Challenge family is the Branch County Deputy Sheriff's Association, which will be another one of our Area Sponsors for 2024.  Michigan Foster Care - Judson Center which partners with the Michigan Department of Human Services to promote and place those in need with Foster families is a new partner of the ABC Challenge for 2024 as well.  These are two great organizations that serve our community in many ways.


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

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