East Side Adventure Challenge raises $4,000 for local charities

Five local charities will be receiving a donation as a result of the third annual East Side Adventure Challenge. The challenge is a family-friendly obstacle course and mud run held the Batavia Township Park. This year’s event took place on Saturday, May 12, and raised $4,000 to donate back to the community.

Young Life Southeast Cincinnati, which provided about 20 volunteers for the event and helped design the course will receive a $1,000 donation.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office – Shop with a Sheriff program, A Caring Place – pregnancy resource center, Vietnam Veterans of America – Clermont County Chapter and Inter Parish Ministry will each receive a donation of $750.

“We have so many wonderful local charities that help with so many important causes, we wanted to spread the wealth around,” said Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons, who also served as the race coordinator.

The five charities were suggested by the East Side Adventure Challenge planning committee and the donations were approved at the June 4 meeting of the Batavia Township Trustees. Other agencies that were involved with the planning of the event include Clermont County Public Health, Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, Young Life Southeast Cincinnati, Hospice of Cincinnati, and Anchor Fitness.

“We had our biggest turnout so far, with about 150 paid participants, and lots of generous sponsors that helped us increase the amount we were able to return to the community,” said Parsons.

In the three years of the event, the race has been able to donate more than $12,000 to 11 different non-profit agencies that serve Clermont County residents.

Photos from this year’s event can be found on the challenge’s Facebook page.