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Important news about the Habitat Mud Run




Hello Habitat Mud Run Runners,

I want to thank you for being a part of the Habitat Mud Run! I hope that you had fun participating in the run. It was a labor of love for many people to plan and build the course for this event. Over 200 volunteers worked the day of the event to put on a fun and challenging event. Hopefully, we raised awareness of the need for affordable housing in Putnam County.

You may have heard through the grapevine that we will no longer be putting on the Mud Run. The decision was made after much prayer and discussion. Several things factored into the decision. First and foremost, the amount of staff and volunteer time that it takes to pull off an event of this size in a time when our efforts need to be focused on preparing West End Place for construction. West End Place is the most ambitious project PCHFH has ever attempted and there is much to do in terms of fundraising, recruiting volunteers and building the infrastructure to allow us to build homes for 52 Habitat families. In addition, it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to find insurance companies that are willing to insure high risk activities like a Mud Run. The expense of the insurance would have greatly impacted the net profit of such an event.

The Habitat Mud Run was a well-loved event in Cookeville. We promised the community a bigger and better 2016 Habitat Mud Run and in that light, it feels bad to cancel the event. But, the decision was made with the needs of the main mission of PCHFH in mind, which is to BUILD HOMES in partnership with God and families in need. By focusing our small staff resources to other, more profitable ways to raise money, we believe we will be better able to do the work of this ministry in serving families.

I hope you understand the reasons we felt the need to hang up our running shoes and move on to other endeavors. YOU made the Habitat Mud Run a great event and we hope you take the memories of those good times with you into the New Year. I also hope you will continue to support PCHFH in the future as we work to meet the need for affordable housing in our community.

If you hear of any other organizations that would like to take over the Mud Run, please let them know that we would help them in any way we could.

Thank you again for being part of the Habitat Mud Run!


Melissa Parks, Development Director

Putnam County Habitat for Humanity