by Loveland Mayor Linda Cox
The news is out! The Amazing Charity Race will return to Loveland for its 10th anniversary in 2015 when the event will begin in Milford, continue through Miami Township, and end in Loveland (Amazing Charity Race to return to Loveland in 2015). This decision was not made lightly by event organizers. It involved three important elements: communication, team work and leadership.
The communication began when Loveland Councilwoman Angie Settell picked up the phone and called event organizers, encouraging then to consider bringing the City of Loveland back as a co-sponsor of the Amazing Charity Race. In 2013, the Loveland’s Amazing Race board of directors had reluctantly decided to move the event to Miami Township and the City of Milford, leaving Historic Downtown Loveland after seven successful years here. After many recent productive conversations and meetings, the organizers decided it is in the best interest of the event to take advantage of the unique assets of all three communities. It is certainly in Loveland’s best interest as the Race generates sales for our retailers and positive publicity for our City. The event will bring hundreds of volunteers and 1,200 participants to Loveland, and raise significant money for local charities. In fact, over a half million dollars has been raised for charities to date.
It takes team work. The 2015 Race will traverse three communities making it a truly regional event. Our communities will work together to make sure that the 2015 race is the most successful ever. Team work will also occur between the City of Loveland and event organizers. As in past years when hosted in Loveland, the Amazing Charity Race will be responsible for compensating the City for rental of Nisbet Park, banner installation, and police and public works detail the day of the event. In turn, the City will be responsible for cooperating and coordinating with event organizers, participants and the public in a supportive and welcoming manner.
Finally, it takes leadership from our City’s administration and elected officials to be proactive and deal with residents, businesses, and organizations in a respectful and responsible manner to help put Loveland’s best foot forward. It takes leadership from the Board of the Amazing Charity Race to continue delivering a race that challenges contestants in a fun and quirky adventure across three communities.
This good news comes on the heels of Loveland’s recognition as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns in the November 2013 issue of Ohio Magazine, and in anticipation of Loveland being featured this August in Cincinnati Magazine as a great place to live, work and play. The return of the Amazing Charity Race to Loveland is further validation that our City is “the place to be”!