February Friday Favorites

The MuckFest® MS staff loves three things more than anything. Mud, ducks, and appreciating our amazing Muckers! That’s why we’re introducing our Friday Favorites blog that shows all of our favorite Mucker memories from last month. Check them out below.

Erin R. shared this throwback of her adorable Puck the Muck Duck inspired hand art. We love it. How about you?!erin.png

Boston Mucker, Jan, shared her story of mucking it up for her bachelorette party with us. What a great idea to get muddy for a great cause with your bridesmaids before a day of pampering!bbride

The Greater Illinois Chapter shared our favorite duck setting sail to beat the winter blues. Ahoy matey!chapter

Some of our Muckers, including Douglas K., received our awesome new waterproof cell phone holder with lanyard. This way you can capture all your mucky moments on your camera with getting it full of mud and water.douglas-k

Shelley R. shared her new muck-approved socks that are ready to get covered in mud this event season!shelley-r

Want to be featured in our next Friday Favorites blog? Then, don’t forget to tag us in your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. We love seeing all the prep work you’re doing for MuckFest MS and all of your #TBT from last year. Keep on muckin’!

Time to Play a Game!

Hmm… for some reason Puck the Muck Duck can’t seem to figure out why these two photos below aren’t exactly the same. Can you help him find what’s different between them?

Hint… There are 4 differences 😄

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SOMETHING BIG IS HERE!

Psst… You. Yeah, you! We’ve got something BIG coming! Scroll down if you’re ready, Muckers! 

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ALERT: You’re close to the release of a brand new MuckFest MS video!

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Almost there! We have an exclusive new video featuring one of our fan-favorite obstacles just for YOU! Can you guess which obstacle will be featured in the video? Scroll down to see if you guessed it right! 

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IT’S HERE! OUR NEW VIDEO REVEAL! Check out our exclusive new MuckFest MS video featuring one of our favorite obstacles, Mt. Muck-imanjaro! This obstacle is guaranteed to take you on an expedition to new heights.

 

 

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On Valentine’s Day people celebrate their love in many ways and we want to take a moment to celebrate a special couple from Dallas that showed their love in the muddiest place we know, MuckFest® MS!

Long before the couple took on the mud and muck, they crossed paths in a local bookstore. Jalana was browsing the cooking section of the store as she wanted inspiration to finally become a good cook once and for all. She soon found herself engaged in conversation with Cisco and found out he was a head chef at a five-star restaurant. Just the inspiration she needed! He promised to give her a couple lessons in the kitchen and they soon fell fast in love.

Cisco not only became her cooking instructor, but also a part of her support system. The same month they met, Jalana was diagnosed with MS. Ultimately, their blossoming relationship helped distract her from her new challenges and Cisco helped remind her that her diagnosis was not what would define her for the rest of her life.

So, to show his support for Jalana, Cisco and Jalana’s father signed up for MuckFest MS Dallas. On the day of the event, Jalana and Cisco headed to our muddy playground with their families in tow. Cisco was excited to play in the muck to bring attention to those living with MS just like Jalana, but he was also excited for another reason!

After taking on the course, their whirlwind romance came to an unexpected turn when Cisco got down on one knee at the finish line and proposed to the woman he loves. It’s safe to say that Jalana was surprised, thrilled, and emotional by the muddy proposal. She of course said yes and got to share a muddy kiss with her new fiancé!

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Now, the happy couple are expecting a little girl in 2017 and celebrating their new family on Valentine’s Day with a romantic five-star worthy restaurant dinner at home courtesy of chef Cisco. They are also excited to be able to participate in MuckFest MS again to celebrate their engagement as well as support everyone living with MS. We can’t wait to have them share another fun, muddy, and romantic day with us! 

The Muddy Bucket List

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While many Muckers do MuckFest® MS in order to have a great time with family and friends while supporting a cause near and dear to them, many others do it to prove that MS will never stop them from overcoming! And that’s exactly what Detroit Mucker, Deana, does with a big group of her closest friends. What makes this team so special? Every single one of the ladies on team Uber Fancy lives in a different state! The women all met while filming an MS related commercial in Los Angeles a couple years ago. After spending a week together at the shoot, they became fast friends and have all been extremely close since. They use MuckFest MS as a way to take a trip every year to re-connect and plan to get muddy in every single location at least once.

MuckFest MS: So, you and your team met a couple years ago at an MS related commercial shoot? Tell us a little more about that.

Deana: We did! Team Uber Fancy is made up of all the women living with MS that I met during the commercial shoot. We’re all very different, but became great friends!

MuckFest MS: How did you come up with the team name Uber Fancy?

Deana: Uber Fancy came from our experience in LA for the commercial. We often took Ubers to get around, which was a new experience for some of us, and at the shoot the song “Fancy” was playing so it became sort of the perfect name.

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MuckFest MS: That’s awesome! How did you all find out about MuckFest MS?

Deana: I’ve done Walk MS before and had heard of MuckFest MS. We all thought it sounded like so much fun and a great thing for the group to do.

MuckFest MS: You all come from different areas of the country. How did you decide on a location?

Deana: We decided on Detroit for the first year because the date worked out for a bunch of us. We all traveled there with a couple of our spouses and friends and did the event! We made a whole weekend out of it and even crashed a wedding that weekend.

MuckFest MS: Amazing. Where did you muck it up in 2016?

Deana: This past year we looked at the dates as soon as they came out and decided on MuckFest MS Denver. I went early to sightsee with my husband and then all of us went whitewater rafting the day before MuckFest MS. So much fun!

MuckFest MS: Such a fun idea! What about 2017?

Deana: Maybe something on the east coast? We have to figure it out! Doing MuckFest MS is the perfect event for us to support the cause while traveling and being adventurous.

MuckFest MS: Tell us a little bit about how it helps cultivate a bonding experience for you and your friends.

Deana: MuckFest MS is a way for us to see each other again and show the world that MS isn’t slowing any of us down! That’s why we want to experience every event, so we can keep this tradition going.

MuckFest MS: So, besides the mud, MuckFest MS is a way for you to look forward to seeing your friends every year?

Deana: Yeah! We usually start out running, but end up walking, catching up on our lives, and just having fun while getting dirty.

MuckFest MS: Describe MuckFest MS in three words.

Deana: Muddy, Adventurous, Fun

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MuckFest MS: Which obstacle is your favorite?

Deana: I like the first one, Triple Pits, because you get waist deep in mud and get to climb over the muddy hills. Perfect muddy start!

MuckFest MS: We can’t wait to see you and team Uber Fancy in 2017. Keep on muckin’!

Deana: I can’t wait for MuckFest MS to bring my friends from across the country together to see each other again!

We’re so lucky to have Deana and her amazing team joining us every year to conquer the mud and MS. When Deana’s not playing in the mud she likes to get donations for her team and share MuckFest MS content on social media so she can continue to grow her team.

Do You Have the Dream Team?

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A MuckFest® MS team requires people who like to laugh, run, cheer, dance, and play. So, we’ve put together our perfect team!

The Mischievous One

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There’s bound to be one of these on your team considering MuckFest MS is the FUN mud run. They usually like to toss mud at you and hoot and holler as they run from one obstacle to the next. You can find them pushing their teammates face first into the mud at the start line, knocking them into the pits of Big Balls, or leaving muddy hand prints on your face.

The Dancer

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This teammate has a dedicated MuckFest MS playlist that they make the entire car listen to on the way to MuckFest MS to get pumped up. You can find them busting a move in the starting corral, on the course, and after the run when they challenge another team to a post-muck dance off competition.

The Cheerleader

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This teammate might not be down to get dirty, but you can bet they’ll be cheering you on the whole time. You will probably find them enjoying a day in the sun as they watch all the fun from the sidelines, donating to your team’s fundraising goal as a virtual high five, or giving you tips on how to look awesome on an obstacle as they take photos of you creating your new profile picture.

The Athlete

full-sized-promo-121.jpgThis teammate might be a seasoned runner and avid gym goer. They like to go to events like MuckFest MS that require running, jumping, climbing, and using their muscles in new ways. You can find them doing pull ups on the AbbVie Spinner, giving a teammate a piggyback ride to the next obstacle, and challenging you to see who can finish the course the fastest.

The Partier

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We know one thing is true, this team member came for a good time and probably the beer, too. This person will be dressed head to toe in a wacky costume and ready to take on the course. They’ll surely request their favorite song from our MC, refill their post-mud beer a couple times, and play every single game in the MuckFestival area while meeting other Muckers just like them.

Whether you have one or all of these dream team members, one thing is certain, it takes a variety of different people to build a team that will make your day in the mud a memory that you’ll cherish forever. So grab your friends and family and get ready to take a mud bath in 2017!

So you think you can help get Puck the Muck Duck to MuckFest® MS in time for the fun? Try your hand at leading Puck to his favorite obstacle, the AbbVie Spinner, but don’t get lost!mfms_2017_social_maze_fp

Need a little help? We’ve got you covered! Look below for the answer! mfms_2017_social_maze_answer_fp

Show us your Muck Face

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We all know that MuckFest® MS is built for laughs, but there’s more than laughing that takes place while our participants are playing in the mud. From smiling, shouting, and cheering; there is a magnitude of emotions experienced while in the muck! Here are some of the latest submissions from Muckers that show mud brings out the best side in all of us!

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Don’t forget to share your #MuckFace with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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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!

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We can’t wait to see your very own moves to conquer this muck mountain when you join us in the mud this year.