The Clintonville Quest, a neighborhood-specific mashup of "The Amazing Race" and a scavenger hunt, returns for a fifth year Sunday, Sept. 30.
This time, the event will have new organizers in members of Clintonville Go Public, and funds raised will benefit that organization.
Otherwise, the same zany costumes and general sense of wackiness that has typified the first four editions are expected to be back in full force.
Julie Porr, who organized the inaugural Clintonville Quest in 2014 with Brandy Jemczura, will be on hand for the new version of the event, but this time as a competitor, not an organizer.
"This was our baby, and we loved it," Porr said. "We think we created a fun event, and we're just excited to be on the other end of it."
"When we heard it was going to be discontinued after last year, we were sad because we were sorry to see the event go, but also, from a fundraising point of view, we thought it would be good for Clintonville Go Public to get involved," said the nonprofit organization's chairwoman, Erin Bauer. "We talked to the organizers and they were happy to give us their materials and some help along the way."
Clintonville Go Public was formed to support the six elementary schools and one middle school that send students to Whetstone High School.
The 2018 Quest begins at 2 p.m., with Clinton Elementary School, 10 Clinton Heights Ave., serving as the starting and finishing lines.
The goal, according to the event's website, is to earn as many points as possible by finding checkpoints and completing challenges throughout Clintonville.
Checkpoints can be businesses, points of interest, or "really wherever in the 'Ville we feel like sending you," the website notes.
The Quest features teams with a maximum of four people, at least one of them an adult.
The fee for each team is $30; Bauer said entrants will be accepted the day of the Quest.
"We encourage people, if they just wake up that morning and feel like doing it, to come on down," she said.
Geoff Dew, a summer-camp organizer in Hilliard, participated in the first four Clintonville Quests with neighbor Dave Bauer, Erin's husband.
"We absolutely loved it," Dew said. "We were just addicted."
The duo's team has finished as high as second place.
"It was maddening that we were never able to win it," Dew said.
Now a member of Clintonville Go Public's board, Dew participated in fashioning the challenges for the fifth edition.
"It's a whole different ballgame," he said. "We never had an appreciation for everything that goes into it. Looking from the other side, it's honestly a lot of work, but still fun and another level of challenging, trying to come up with unique ideas, to make sure the course is fresh and there are different obstacles and challenges along the way."
"We could not be happier to have Erin and Geoff and the whole Clintonville Go Public team working on this," Porr said. "We have no doubt they're going to do an amazing job."
"We have tried to gear it more toward younger families a little bit," Erin Bauer said. "We're still hoping to have the loyal contestants who have done it every year and make it challenging in the adult category."
Clintonville Go Public also is bringing back the Mini Quest, which is 3 miles long, to accommodate younger children.
"We've earmarked the funds (raised by the Quest) for literacy projects in our pathway schools," Bauer said. "We're hoping we can make enough to give some to all six of the elementary schools and some to Dominion and some to Whetstone."
Teachers at the buildings would decide the best way to spend the money toward the group's goal, she added.
The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center was the beneficiary the first four years of the Quest.
To register, visit clintonvillequest.com.