Just because your kids aren’t old enough to run the course doesn’t mean they can’t join in on the fun. In our free Lil’ Muckers area, kids can play in the mud, too!
With MuckFest® MS San Francisco coming up next weekend, we had our mascot, Puck the Muck Duck, put together a list of his favorite places to play when he’s not rolling around in the mud in the Bay Area!
Let yourself be a tourist for the day and check out San Francisco’s most crooked landmark.
Lombard Street is known as one of the most crooked streets in the world and also one of the must-see streets in the area. This winding one-block road will take you down eight sharp turns as you make your way from top to bottom. If you’re up for some pre-muck exercise, you can take the trek from bottom to top, but don’t expect Puck to join you. He’ll fly from overhead and cheer you on.
After a long day in the mud enjoy a hot meal in Chinatown.
You can guarantee you won’t get bored discovering all that San Francisco’s Chinatown has to offer. We know Puck doesn’t! And with it being the oldest and largest Chinatown in North America you can turn a trip here into a day of sampling delicious food.
You might recognize this iconic spot from the opening credits of a popular 80’s TV show.
This long strip of beautiful Victorian houses is painted with bright colors and known as the Painted Ladies. Not only have they been featured in numerous different media, they are best known for being featured in the opening credits for the popular show Full House. So take a drive in Alamo Square and take in the scene. You might even find Puck trying to find an orange one!
Check out the most vibrant view in the Bay Area.
The first thing many Muckers think of when someone says San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge! And rightfully so, this 4,200-foot-long bridge is an iconic part of the Bay Area and one of Puck’s favorite aerial views. No matter which side of the bridge you’re on, the scenic view is breathtaking and might even be better than the view from the top of Crash Landing! If you have an hour, Puck recommends taking a stroll across the bridge for a MuckFest MS warm up!
Thought you saw some nutty stuff at MuckFest MS? Head over to Fisherman’s Wharf.
While the Wharf is a big tourist stop, there is no better way to keep your team laughing than by sitting out by Pier 39 to watch the sea lions. These playful and sometimes noisy sunbathers lay out on the pier in groups and provide endless entertainment for onlookers. For Puck, these guys are his favorite partners in crime for drying out his wings after a nice dip in the bay.
At MuckFest® MS, we pride ourselves on having unbelievable amounts of muck. That means there are more opportunities to get muddy than you could ever imagine. And with great mud comes great responsibility…to get your teammates covered from head to toe! Here are seven of the best places at MuckFest MS to accomplish this goal.
- Mucking Corral
The MuckFest MS starting line might just be the muddiest of them all! Our Mud Master will get you and your team covered in mud before you even get on the course. With pre-run games that involve giving strangers muddy hugs and diving into mud puddles, you can guarantee that the Mucking Corral is just the start to your mud filled day.
- Triple Pits
Make your way up and down our large mounds of mud. With each one even bigger than the last, you are sure to get covered in mud while climbing over these hills. Can’t make it over one? Look for a helping hand or just relax in one of the muddy pools in between your mountain treks.
- Big Balls
If you thought you’d get a break from the mud, you’d be wrong. Right after Triple Pits, you’ll encounter Big Balls. These nine swinging balls are likely to get you slipping and sliding in the mud until you get to the other side. But watch out, if you’re not careful they will most certainly knock you right into our pits of muck.
- Skid Mark
We like to make sure you get covered in mud from head to toe, so that means we have to have obstacles that get the job done from all angles. Skid Mark will get you on your back to pull yourself through a trench of muck and you won’t come up very clean.
- Belly Crawl
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about your front side! As soon as you finish Skid Mark, you and your team will be crawling on all fours through a tunnel of muck because let’s face it, mo’ mud, mo’ fun.
- Finish line
It’s your team’s last stop on your journey through the muck, which means it’s your last chance to make sure you’re extra muddy for your finish line photos. So, don’t waste the opportunity to make sure you are your muckiest.
- MuckFestival, Refreshed by Traveler Beer
You finished the race, you showered off, and now it’s time for a refreshing Traveler beer! But wait, while you’re walking to the festival the thought of waiting another year to play in the mud makes you overcome with sadness… That means it’s the perfect time to find a fist full of muck and treat a teammate to one last mud mask!
You came, you conquered, and now you have to wait until next year to take on the mud and muck again. So, get your team and pile into the car and head home for that long hot shower you deserve. P.S. You might need more than one until you’re completely clean. Hey, we said playing in the mud was fun, not easy to get off every inch of your body.
Hang on tight! Flying Muckers will zip you across a lake of mucky water. Hey, if Tarzan can do it, so can you!
Mucker Molly Kramer is excited to take on MuckFest® MS Chicago this month! For Molly and her team, Molly’s Muckers, this will be their second year mucking it up in the Windy City. We had the opportunity to talk with Molly and she shared her story about how she got involved in playing in the mud for a cause.
Often referred to by Chapter members as a fundraising guru, Molly only started mucking it up for MS last year. When she was diagnosed with MS two years ago she decided the best way to cope was to stay positive.
A year after her diagnosis, Molly’s sister mentioned MuckFest MS to her. After looking into it, Molly thought it looked like a good time and decided to sign up. Once the emails started coming in, Molly realized that teams could fundraise to win prizes and raise money for the MS Society so she made it her mission to start building a large team.
Molly started sharing her fundraising page on Facebook and before she knew it tons of friends and family members started signing up to join her in the mud or sent a donation to help the cause. Soon, Molly had grown Molly’s Muckers to about 55 members and all of her teammates were excited to come out and support her.
Together, Molly’s Muckers raised over $9,000 for MuckFest MS Chicago in 2015. This year, Molly’s Muckers are back again and Molly is excited to get her friends and family together to have a great time. Molly says, “MuckFest MS gives me something to look forward to and it’s a great feeling knowing people are thinking of you and are willing to help you raise money for a cure. They are fighting for me.”
Besides raising money for a cure, Molly thinks MuckFest MS is a great bonding experience. No one on her team had ever done MuckFest MS before last year. That experience of doing it together for the first time allowed them to have something to talk about months later and she sees her whole team reminiscing about this year’s MuckFest MS down the road.
And it’s no wonder why she wouldn’t reminisce about it for months because last year Molly met some awesome new friends at the event. It’s no surprise that MuckFest MS is a great way to meet others in the MS community. And that’s exactly what Molly did. “Everyone there [MuckFest MS] is so positive. It helped me keep my mind focused on the good things in life and it’s something I look forward to now.”
And Molly looks forward to all aspects of MuckFest MS. From fundraising for a good cause to taking on the obstacles. She describes the whole event as, “Fun, muddy, and entertaining and something that you won’t regret doing.” Molly even stated there isn’t a single thing she would change about MuckFest MS; she loves it just the way it is. She also loves seeing the great outcome of how fundraising benefits people’s life who are living with MS. It gives her a rewarding feeling knowing that she’s helping find a cure for the MS community and providing support to those who may be experiencing an emotional time in their life just like she did when she was diagnosed.
So, if you’re joining us in the Windy City for MuckFest MS on September 10th look out for Molly’s Muckers. You might even find Molly in the mucking corral at the starting line playing in the mud with her team. Or out on the course getting into her MudZone while getting into some muddy shenanigans. No matter where you might see her, you can guarantee that she’ll be enjoying the excitement of the day and getting that warm feeling in her heart while watching everyone running and out supporting the cause.
Welcome to the MuckFestival, Refreshed by Traveler Beer!
Our Muckers showcase their team spirit by rocking crazy outfits and team shirts when they take the course!
Minneapolis-based blogger, Jill, took on MuckFest® MS Twin Cities on August 20th despite a rainy start to the morning. Jill documented her time in the mud on her blog, Run Eat Snap, and ended her review with the assertion that “it was a great time, a great race, and I am very happy I went!”
We’re happy you joined us in the mud for the day too! Check out Jill’s experience here!
Did Jill’s review get you ready to play in the mud? There’s still time to get mucky in Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Sign up today for MuckFest MS, the fun mud run with the best obstacles that benefits the National MS Society!
MuckFest® MS Chicago is next weekend, so Puck had us put together a list of his favorite places to play in the Windy City when he’s taking a break from rolling around in the mud!
Let yourself be a tourist for the day and check out Chicago’s coolest landmark.
Head over to Millennium Park to take in the sights and sounds of the Windy City. Don’t forget to see Chicago’s most iconic piece of art; Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean. Taking a photo at The Bean is a cool way to see the Chicago skyline as it reflects off the mirrored surface of the sculpture. Puck tells us the best view of the city is from the top, but with The Bean sitting 12 feet tall we might need to grow some wings to verify his opinion.
Enjoy a hot meal after a long day in the mud at any pizza joint in town.
If Chicago is known for anything, it’s the deep dish pizza. Whether you decide to eat your pie at Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s, or Gino’s East, one thing is certain, you’ll have enough cheese and sauce to satisfy any pizza craving. And if you’re anything like Puck, your order will be inspired by MuckFest MS with fresh muckshrooms and extra muckzzarella.
Make sure you don’t touch anything with your muddy hands at any of Chicago’s world famous museums.
Not only does Chicago have world class pizza, but you can also find a handful of world-class museums along Lake Michigan. Whether you’re into art, history, or animals, Chicago has got you covered! For a relaxing day after MuckFest MS, Puck likes to stroll through the Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. He recommends you do the same, but just make sure you take a bath first. The museums aren’t a fan of his muddy wing prints on the glass.
Thought you saw some nutty stuff at MuckFest MS? Check out Second City!
Known for being the starting ground for some of the greatest comedians around, Second City is the perfect place to continue laughing after MuckFest MS. Catch a show or even take a comedy class on the same stage that the likes of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell have all graced. And if you hear any “quacks” in the midst of all the laughs, you’ll know Puck is somewhere enjoying himself.
Check out the view from the Skydeck that may be even better than the top of Crash Landing.
Open 365 days a year, this 1,353-foot-tall building lets you venture out onto a glass ledge from the 103rd floor. Known as the Willis Tower and the tallest building in the western hemisphere, the Skydeck let’s those brave enough step out onto the glass and take in an aerial view of the Windy City. Now you’ll officially be able to say that you’ve seen Chicago from Puck’s perspective!