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JCB'S 2014 Mud Run & Dig The Ride
Raise Over $100,000

Proceeds from JCB's Mud Run and first-ever Dig the Ride cycling event benefited The Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development
in Savannah, Ga.

Photo: Courtesy of JCB

More than 2,000 runners, riders and spectators got down and dirty at JCB's third annual Mud Run and first-ever Dig the Ride cycling event at the company's North American Headquarters in Savannah, Ga. on July 22. Proceeds from both races benefit The Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development.

In a check presentation ceremony, Thom Peebles, vice president of marketing, presented a check for $100,500 to Tammy Mixon, the executive director of Wesley Center, who operates The Lady Bamford Center.

Also on hand to participate in the ceremony were: Steve Vernon, vice president of finance at JCB; Debi Mulanax, chief financial officer of the Lady Bamford Center Advisory Board; and David Paddison, board chair of The Mud Run/Dig the Ride. This year's donation, made possible by race participants and JCB's generous sponsors, will go a long way towards continuing to support The Lady Bamford Center and its educational mission.

"Months ago, as we began planning for this year's Mud Run, we knew we wanted it to be the biggest and best one yet," said Peebles. "Along the way, we came up with the idea of adding a cycling event, and that's how Dig the Ride was born. Our staff made sure that both race courses featured twists and turns that made them fun and challenging for both runners and cyclists. However, most importantly, we were able to exceed previous years' goals by raising more than $100,000 for The Lady Bamford Center."

The Mud Run consisted of teams of two making their way through a sloppy, messy 5-mile course spread across a sprawling 1,000-acre campus. Runners splashed through a lake and traveled down numerous trails featuring obstacles that tested both their endurance and their ability to get dirty.

For the first time in 2014, Mud Run added to the fun by introducing an all-terrain cycling event, Dig the Ride. Cyclists rode a five-mile XC Course complete with limbs, drops, bridges, berms, speed-oriented passing stretches and light obstacles.

The race featured three levels of competition for riders aged 17 and up, with novice riders taking one lap of the course (five miles), intermediate riders tackled the course twice (10 miles) and advanced riders pedaled around the course three times (15 miles.) Racers aged 13-17 years old made up the youth category, taking one lap of the course with optional bail-outs.

Operated by Wesley Community Centers, the Lady Bamford Center provides education and social skills development to children from six weeks to five years of age. The center offers priority admission to children from homeless and low-income families, as well as children with physical, mental or emotional challenges. Its interactive curriculum prepares young children for kindergarten and elementary school and helps them compete with other children academically.

For the complete lowdown on both races, visit and To learn more about Wesley Community Center and The Lady Bamford Center, visit

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