Organizers of the Clintonville Quest say this will be their last year in that role -- but they hope the new tradition will continue without them at the helm.
Brandy Jemczura and Julie Porr said it has been fun organizing the fundraising event described as a scavenger hunt meets "The Amazing Race," but it takes a lot of their time. They hope someone else will step forward to take up the challenge of organizing it.
"We had a good run, but life was just kind of trying to catch up with us," Porr said. "We have to kind of spend our energy elsewhere for now.
"We are hopeful that some younger blood will take the torch from us. We're ready to pass the torch. We've sent a few feelers out. We would be happy to show them the ropes."
The 2017 Clintonville Quest, which benefits the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Aug 19. The event begins and ends at CrestFest, the neighborhood block party at the intersection of Crestview and Tulane roads.
Registration up to the day before the Quest is $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-7. The day of the event, the cost goes up to $40 for adults.
The Clintonville Quest has raised $19,200 in its first four years, Jemczura said.
"We are on track to raise close to $10,000 this year," she wrote in an email.
Courtney Phillips, who along with teammate Jane Butler was among the winners of the Quest the past three years, now lives in Illinois and won't be able to defend her title.
"I'm someone who appreciates the competition," Phillips said. "My loyalty to the neighborhood and love of resources like the CRC has made it a match made in heaven."
"We love doing the event," Jemczura said. "We wish we could continue, but there just simply are only so many hours a day. That's really the primary reason.
"We are very hopeful that someone in the community sees the value in the event and wants to continue it. It's kind of a cornerstone summer event for Clintonville."
Jemczura said she and Porr hope someone takes over the Quest so they can participate.
"We're hoping this can be a big year to go out with a bang," Porr said.
For more information, visit clintonvillequest.com.