JCB Americas recently hosted the second annual JCB Mud Run for charity at JCB’s North American Headquarters in Savannah, GA. Proceeds from the 4.3-mile Mud Run race benefit The Lady Bamford Center.
“After the success of last year’s race, we were excited to host the event again and support a deserving cause,” says Karen Guinn, JCB’s general manager of marketing communications. “JCB’s earthmoving equipment was used to create obstacles along the course on the JCB campus. Aligning the charity run with what JCB equipment does best is a fun way to give back to our community.”
Operated by Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, 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. The Lady Bamford Center was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Fewer than eight percent of all early childhood centers in the United States receive this accreditation.
The more-than-1,000-acre JCB campus served as the backdrop for the 3,000 runners who were expected to compete in the race, which included over 20 obstacles. In addition, JCB’s own product range of more than 140 models of construction equipment were put to the test building obstacles such as “Bamford Bluff,” “Dieselmax Drop” and “Powerboom Peaks.”
“This year our course designers went even more over the top, putting our JCB machines to good use by creating a challenging and fun course with a few surprises,” says Guinn. “Runners definitely put their training to the test.”