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Mud Run brings in thousands and raises money for Habitat Homes

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  The fifth annual Chattanooga Mud Run was in full swing on Saturday with over 2,000 runners participating.

While running, jumping and diving into the mud may not seem like anything more than a good time, these folks have gotten their hands dirty and helped build dozens of homes because of it.

"We've placed 247 families in houses, mostly in the downtown Chattanooga area," said David Butler, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director.

All of the proceeds from the Mud Run, are going straight to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga to help people like Mohammed Yahya.

"It's so hard to buy a house, habitat helps my family," said Yahya.

Yahya is one of dozens who can't afford to buy their own home without the help of habitat.

"It's a wonderful organization with extremely dedicated people. We really are careful with all of the donated funds that we get," said Butler.

Those donated funds go towards building eco-friendly homes from the ground up to give families a fresh start.

However, Butler says the effect they have on the families goes beyond just shelter.

"We see their grades getting a lot better in school, we see their health getting a lot better especially those with asthma," said Butler.

Yahya says he's just grateful someone wants to help and he can't wait for the final product.

"I am so great, so glad they are helping me," said Yahya.

The group hoped to raise enough money to be able to build two homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga builds up to 10 homes every year.

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