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Thousands of runners got down and dirty for the JCB Mud Run. The yearly event raises money for a local childhood development center.

As soon as the horn rang to begin the race the runners knew they'd be doing a load of laundry once they crossed the finish line.

"Mud, wet, just dirty, as soon as you got into the race and it was pretty much like that the whole race. There were water obstacles but it was muddy water obstacles so you didn't stay clean very much," said Carlos Gonzalez.

As runners trekked through the mud everyone had their favorite part.

"Swimming through the JCB lake was a blast," said Justin Langley.

Runners also had their least favorite part about the course.

"The hills, getting up the hills," said Shauna Adams.

The JCB Mud Run upped the ante this year with a 4.7 mile course and 23 obstacles. Some runners tried to stay dry by duct taping their shoes but there was no escaping the mess.

"Anything dry just stuck to them and kept on weighing them down my shoes went from two pounds to like 80," said Langley.

Something that still showed up through the dirt was smiles.

"It doesn't matter how much it costs to enter or to park or anything like that because it all goes to a really good cause," said Amanda Fisher.

All of the proceeds go to the Lady Bamford Center.

"It's an amazing early childhood development center in West Savannah serving underprivileged children," said JCB Marketing GM, Karen Guinn.

"With the economy today we have parents that work two to three jobs and they don't have anywhere for their children to go so it's very important that we provide the care and these parents are comfortable leaving these children with us and entrusting us," said Lady Bamford's Education Director, Kim Banner.

As the runners crossed the finish line not only did they get a sense of accomplishment but a chance to get clean.

"Tired, very tired it was tough," said Gonzalez.

The JCB's Mud Run fundraising goal for the Lady Bamford Center this year was $150,000.

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