Mucker Q&A 3 – Michael Fagone, Team Pat’s Muckers, MuckFest MS Boston

Update from Event

Here are some great photos from Pat’s Muckers at MuckFest® MS Boston 2014!

Pat’s Muckers in 2013 vs. 2014

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Michael’s Trainer, Jason, & Michael in 2013 and 2014

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Michael and his Sister, Julia

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As Boston prepares to get mucky this weekend, we asked MuckFest® MS Boston participant, Michael Fagone, to share some event day tips with our readers.

Michael's sister at MuckFest MS Boston in 2013.

What do you plan to wear to the event?

Last year I wore clothing that was quick drying so that I was not carrying the extra weight of soaked clothing. But this year, we have Pat’s Muckers Team shirts that I designed, so I will wear that.

I definitely found gloves to be a HUGE help last year, so I will be using those again. The gloves were helpful for grip (hello Spinner!) and also kept my hands from getting crazy muddy. I actually hate getting dirty, if you can believe it! I think an older pair of sneakers is a good idea. The pair that I wore last year survived but that wasn’t the case for everyone.

Photo of team t-shirt for MuckFest MS Boston.

Photo of your pre-MuckFest MS shoes

Shoes for MuckFest MS Boston participant, Michael Fagone.

What advice do you have for someone who has never completed a mud obstacle run?

I would say to just have fun with it. Don’t take it too seriously. Enjoy the experience! Own the fact that you are going to get wet and muddy. I fell into the mud early in the course last year – it was the best thing ever because I got over it real fast, and it didn’t bother me the rest of the race. The benefit of MuckFest MS is that there is no penalty for missed or skipped obstacles. It’s all about the fun! Have a blast and take lots of pictures! Oh and the gloves

What are you most excited about for MuckFest MS 2014?

Last year, it was just my trainer, Jason, and me on my team. In 2014, we are up to 26! What a difference a year makes! I can’t wait to share this experience with my team. Most of the team has never run a mud obstacle course, and for some, this will be their first running event ever. However, I think what I am most excited about is being able to share this experience with my sister, Julia. Last year she came as a spectator and cheered me on. This year, she is running, and we will be side-by-side honoring our mom together. I know our mother will be there with us in spirit as we cross that finish line together, soaked and covered in mud. Even though I ran last year to honor my mom, our team has really made this year all about honoring her and her brave struggle with MS. This one’s for you mom!

Boston's Michael Fagone and his family.

See you on Saturday, and come say hi if you see Pat’s Muckers!

Huge thanks to Michael Fagone for his work on these great blog posts. We’re excited to see photos of Pat’s Muckers taking on the course in Boston this weekend.

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