We had the chance to chat with one of our MuckFest® MS participants about the event and the MuckSquad! As one of our biggest super fans, Claudia shares news about MuckFest MS all the time! She’s wowed the MuckFest MS staff time and time again with her passion, dedication, and social media posts about MuckFest MS and the MuckSquad!
Claudia, originally from El Salvador, has lived in the Chicago area since she was 15 years old and participated in her first MuckFest MS event in 2015. She and her fourteen-member team, Don’t Expect Much, took on the mud and muck at MuckFest MS Chicago in honor of her good friend, Kim, who is living with MS. Claudia loved the event so much that she quickly became a passionate super fan. She joined the MuckSquad immediately when we launched in December 2015 and proudly started sharing MuckFest MS content on her social media channels and recruiting friends to join the loyalty program! After just one month as a MuckSquad member, Claudia earned an impressive 4,855 points and received a prize pack for all her dedication.
MuckFest MS: Congratulations on being our very first top MuckSquad member! You did an amazing job, and we were honored to send you our first ever MuckSquad prize package for your dedication.
Claudia: I loved it!
Q: MuckFest MS: We’re glad! So, how did you initially get involved in MuckFest MS?
Claudia: I got involved thanks to my friend Kim who told me about the event.
Q: MuckFest MS: Is there someone specific you muck it for?
Claudia: First, I muck it for my friend Kim, who has MS. Second, I muck for a dear friend of mine who had MS, but unfortunately, we lost her to suicide. So I do it to help find a cure for other people who suffer from this disease.
Q: MuckFest MS: I’m so sorry to hear that. Did you participate in any other MS related events to raise awareness?
Claudia: No, MuckFest MS was my first event.
Q: MuckFest MS: What was your favorite thing about the event?
Claudia: The part that I loved the most is that an invaluable connection gets created between your family and friends while doing the race by helping, cheering, encouraging and laughing with each other. It is unforgettable!
Q: MuckFest MS: How would you describe the event to someone who has never been to MuckFest MS?
Claudia: Amazing, full of laughs, and muddy!
Q: MuckFest MS: What would you say to people who are hesitant about playing in the mud for a day?
Claudia: Do it! Do it! Do it! It is so much fun! I used to think it looked too dirty, but if you do it with family and friends, it is amusing!
Q: MuckFest MS: Favorite obstacle?
Claudia: Spider Web!
Q: MuckFest MS: How did you come to be part of the MuckSquad?
Claudia: I joined through an email invitation after the event.
Q: MuckFest MS: What was the best part about using the MuckSquad page?
Claudia: The best part about the MuckSquad is being able to share such an amazing event with others and to bring awareness about MS.
Q: MuckFest MS: Any final words?
Claudia: Grab your family and friends and get signed up for MuckFest MS!!! You won’t regret it!
We can’t wait to see Claudia and her team muck it in 2017.
We know that the only thing as great as all of the mud at MuckFest® MS are our amazing obstacles! From flying to jumping to climbing, you’re sure to feel like an acrobat for the day. One of our favorite obstacles helps our Muckers channel their inner acrobat as they take an expedition to the top of our tallest obstacle, Mt. Muck-imanjaro! And it doesn’t matter if you go fast, slow, backwards or forwards, it takes some serious style to conquer this towering obstacle.
Need inspiration? Check out these Muckers’ moves as they get up and over Mt. Muck!
We can’t wait to see your very own moves to conquer this muck mountain when you join us in the mud this year.
Love always seems to be in the air at MuckFest® MS. In fact, muddy love has taken over! We’ve had couples meet each other at our events, we’ve had couples write us to say they fell in love at MuckFest MS, and we’ve had a handful of couples get engaged after playing in the mud. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve even been featured on the best show for finding love on primetime television. But, all this time it seemed like one special life event was missing… until now. This year, in Boston, we got to add another mud love milestone to our event series. A bachelorette party!
Bride, Jan, has been participating in MuckFest MS Boston for the last four years. Her passion for 5Ks helped push her to sign up after hearing about the event on the radio. Jan recalls that the event sounded like fun because she had always wanted to do an obstacle course race and thought, “Why not?” She signed up and was thrilled to see that the event was helping raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, too.
The first year, Jan took on the course with a couple of friends and ever since she has tried to recruit more and more people because she thinks, “It’s just SO much fun!” Fast forward to 2016 and Jan was hesitant to sign up. She was in the middle of wedding planning and wasn’t sure if her bridal shower or bachelorette party would fall on the same day that Puck was bringing the muck to the Boston area. But then, something special happened…
One of Jan’s bridesmaids, Lex, suggested that they use MuckFest MS as a part of Jan’s bachelorette party. For Lex, it seemed simple. She knew Jan loved doing 5Ks, she knew Jan loved participating in MuckFest MS, and she knew it was the perfect place to celebrate such an incredible milestone in Jan’s life because it was something that was so… her. Lex suggested that they make getting mucky a part of Jan’s bachelorette party.
“I thought it was a really great idea!” exclaims Jan, “I was excited that they would be willing to do a 5K for me. I’ve been doing all sorts of races for a while now, and while I always extended the invite to friends, I never pushed them to join me. So, when my bridesmaid, Lex, asked if that was how I wanted to start out my party, I immediately said yes and was so excited to be able to run again!”
And that’s exactly what they did! The women took on MuckFest MS Boston complete with team shirts that said “The Bride Made Me” to compliment Jan’s bride shirt. Jan recalls her bridesmaids being a little nervous about taking on the course, but they felt at ease once they arrived at the starting line, and began taking pre-muck photos with each other.
The ladies had a great time and enjoyed taking on some of Jan’s favorite obstacles like Swing Set, Flying Muckers, and The Abbvie Spinner. Jan cheered on her friends and helped them experience all the things she loves so much about MuckFest MS, especially getting into the #MudZone and getting covered in mud!
But a mud mask wasn’t the only spa treatment on the agenda for the day. After the race, Jan’s bridesmaids took her into Boston for a continued spa day. Massages, pedicures, and blow outs included! Once they were sure they were officially un-mucked, the ladies headed out for a night on the town. For Jan, “It was the best bachelorette party I could ask for!”
Jan tied the knot on June 11th, and while there was no mud at the ceremony, she made it clear that we will absolutely see her next year to get mucky all over again! “I know it can seem scary, but it’s such a fun event. It’s not all about competition, just having a team to run with makes it the best mucking time! I recommend everyone do it at least once – and after that, you’ll be hooked!” Wise words from a long-time Mucker… Jan is really excited to get her new husband hooked on MuckFest MS in 2017 now, too.
If we know one thing to be true, it’s that MuckFest® MS is built for laughs! So, in honor of the holiday season and all of our hilarious Muckers, we’re introducing our Ha-Ha Holidays video blog where you can watch tons of spills, thrills, and frills to keep you laughing all the way to the New Year!
Big Balls come swinging when you least expect them…
No better way to shake off the muck than with a dance off!
This guy is rocking his way right to MuckFest MS stardom. What a muck star!
Even when there are no obstacles in sight, this guy managed to make his own muck slip ‘n slide!
You can bet there’s lots of “haha’s” on this thrill ride!
We hope these hilarious ha-ha holiday moments brightened your day! We’re excited to see even more hilarity unfold at all twelve of our MuckFest MS events in 2017!
Do you know what’s cooler than playing in the mud at MuckFest MS? Playing in the mud and having photos to prove it! That’s why we’re offering our MuckFest MS waterproof cell phone holder with lanyard for a limited time to anyone that registers before we run out of this exclusive swag!
It’s the perfect way to keep your phone mud free and still show off your muck face to all your friends while you’re playing with us at MuckFest MS. So, sign up to muck it in your city before the deadlines to guarantee you’ll be one of the Muckers that gets to muck it up while showing off your new accessory!
Check out this calendar so you know the last day you can register and still snag this sweet phone protector!
It’s official! MuckFest® MS 2016 has come to a close. We had an epic year with all of our Muckers, volunteers, and supporters and we can’t wait to get muddy with you all again in 2017! Until then, here’s a photo recap of some of our favorite #MudZone moments from each MuckFest MS event in 2016.
Check out these awesome muddy moves from May 14th and 15th from our first event of 2016 in New England!
The second stop of the year took us right outside Philadelphia on June 4th and 5th for two days in the mud at a brand new site!
We took off to the Garden State on June 25th and 26th for our last two-day event. New Jersey was even crowned the best mud in America!
On July 16th we went across the country to muck it up in the mountains with our Colorado Muckers!
The muck took us to Detroit on August 6th for a beautiful sunny day filled with laughs.
You could find us in the Twin Cities area on August 20th! We had rain, but that just made for a super soaked, delightfully muddy course.
The windy city offered us one of the biggest MuckFest MS teams EVER on September 10th and man did they bring the excitement to the #MudZone!
Bay Area Muckers are pro-mud no matter what! We hit our first stop in California on October 1st for fun in the sun.
Howdy! We made our way to Texas on October 15th and we had so much fun getting mucky with y’all.
We brought the muck to Dallas on October 29th for the very first time and these Muckers showed us that everything is truly bigger in Texas, especially the piles of muck!
The very last stop of 2016 brought us back to California on November 12th and our So Cal Muckers closed out the season with a bang and LOTS of laughs!
Thank you to every single person that helped make every MuckFest MS a success this year! Without all of you, we’d surely have less mud, laughs, and memories to keep us muckin’ into 2017. We hope to see all of you in 2017 so we can capture even more #MudZone moments like these!
Thousands of participants, spectators, and volunteers across the country visited the AbbVie tent at MuckFest® MS where they contributed to the MS Will Not Defeat Us Shoelace wall. This wall is an inspirational display of support, overcoming obstacles, and of our Muckers’ passion to end MS forever.
The bright shoelaces shared stories of people mucking for mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and for themselves. Some shoelaces mentioned specific names, others that we “Muck for a cure”, and some simply and powerfully say a single word: “ME”.
Each inscribed shoelace was added to a display emblazoned with that city’s name. The walls traveled from event to event, and the symbolic light of the bright shoelaces grew brighter and brighter as we grew from one event to two…four…seven…and ultimately ELEVEN events, ELEVEN panels strong.
We hope you were able to join us in 2016 and add your story to a shoelace. It is a powerful reminder that when we are united and tied together, MS Will Knot Defeat Us.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to show our Muckers how we incorporate muck into our menu of turkey and green bean casserole. You might be thinking right about now, “Muck for dinner? We’ll pass!”, but all true Muckers know that Puck the Muck Duck is a bona fide chef and can make just about any recipe a little muckier. So, wow your family and friends with our top choices from his arsenal of mucky holiday recipes!
Nothing screams MuckFest® MS quite like a plate of Puck the Muck Duck shaped desserts on the dinner table! Our absolute favorite duck dessert comes in the form of ice cream sandwiches. They are the perfect way to satisfy your post-dinner sweet tooth without creating extra mess in the kitchen thanks to being plate free.
Recipe & Photo Credit: Chicago Pastry Chef Aaron Manuyag
The best way to the heart is through the stomach and you can bet you’ll be feeling the love when you arrive with a big dish of ooey gooey mac & cheese! Or as Puck the Muck Duck likes to call it… Muck & Cheese! Follow this recipe to make a crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving dish that doubles as a nod to MuckFest MS!
Recipe & Photo Credit: Spend with Pennies
Anyone who’s ever taken on Triple Pits knows that it’s a certified mudslide! That’s why a chocolatey mudslide cake is the perfect ode to one of our muddiest obstacles. This will be a hit for any chocolate lovers at your dinner table and they may even come back for seconds. Or like a true Triple Pits lover, thirds!
Recipe & Photo Credit: Beyond Frosting
This recipe will take you just a couple minutes to complete and will surely be a hit for anyone who enjoys cheese as much as Puck does! We recommend doubling this recipe to truly serve a muck-approved Big Ball. Or even better, make nine cheese balls in honor of our swinging obstacle Big Balls!
Recipe & Photo Credit: Yummy Healthy Easy