Loveland Councilwoman Linda Cox Responds to Amazing Race Leaving Loveland
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
I am very saddened at the announcement that Loveland’s Amazing Race will be moved to another location in 2013.
Since the Committee’s announcement that the race will be will be held in Milford and Miami Township next year, I’ve read several emails that have made comments like, “outrageous,” “sad loss,” “a big public relations and economic failure,” and “an important event (lost) because of arrogance and pride on the part of Tom Carroll and lack of support by the majority of Council,” and these quotes are from Loveland residents made within a short period of time from the Amazing Race Committee’s announcement.
I personally agree with these comments and feel, based on conversations I’ve had with several people including Amazing Race Board members, the Race would not have been moved had Loveland City Council and the City Manager expressed their sincere willingness to work together to keep the Race in Loveland. I feel the first step to accomplish that would have been for Council to support the motion, made by Mrs. Settell and seconded by me, to reprimand Mr. Carroll for his unprofessional actions against those representing the Amazing Race. Unfortunately, four members of Loveland City Council voted to table the motion.
I believe Loveland will lose much next year – the goodwill and great publicity generated by the Amazing Race participants, the excitement of seeing the early morning hustle-and-bustle around the City on race day, the camaraderie of City and township residents volunteering together, the participation of City businesses who seem to gladly open their buildings and man the challenge stations, the loss of monetary support the Amazing Race gave to many Loveland not-for-profit groups who volunteered to host this event, and just as important, the joy of knowing so many in Loveland worked together with the Amazing Race Committee to support the many worthy organizations that numerous people rely on with the Committee’s contributions exceeding $360,000 in the last seven years.
I thank the Loveland Amazing Race Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Doug Portman, for the opportunity they’ve given Loveland to be part of this very special event these many years. I wish them, as well as Miami Township and the City of Milford, every success in 2013.
I will miss having this event in Loveland next year, but it is my hope that the Loveland Amazing Race will return to Loveland in the very near future.
Loveland City Council Member