Mucker Q&A – Angelena Colon, Team Like Butter On Pancakes, MuckFest MS Chicago
We’re super excited to talk with MuckFest® MS Chicago participant, Angelena Colon of Antioch, Illinois. As a MuckFest MS Indianapolis alum, she has great insight for our first-time Chicagoland muckers!
MuckFest MS: Why did you initially decide to register for MuckFest MS?
Angelena: I love running on forest trails that wind up and down every which way. When I stumbled across the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s new MuckFest MS event, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to merge my love for running and support research for those living with MS. Being diagnosed with MS can be challenging at times, but embracing the idea of making others aware is inspiring. I want to educate others and advocate for those dealing with MS and MuckFest MS is one way to do it.
MuckFest MS: What is your mindset going into your second MuckFest MS adventure?
Angelena: I conquer the obstacles and mud the same way I am conquering MS, one step at a time. Each obstacle brings on a different challenge, but all are possible to overcome and move forward from. MS can be messy just like the mud pits, and underneath it all, I am still the same person I have always been. I’m motivated to see a difference in life for everyone living with MS by inspiring people to live their lives to the fullest every single day. It is truly inspirational to see so many people come together to support the research efforts of the National MS Society. Last year, the entire day was filled with gratitude and support, both from people I knew to complete strangers that cheered me on through every obstacle. I left the event knowing that I wanted to come back again because my heart was touched by the efforts of everyone involved, and I was inspired to make a difference through more awareness.
MuckFest MS: What 3 words would you use to describe MuckFest MS?
Angelena: Muddy. Comical. Support.
MuckFest MS: For what part of the event are you most excited?
Angelena: I’m excited for the event in its entirety! The whole day at last year’s race in Indianapolis was filled with memorable moments. The excitement before the race, running through the mud pits, laughing as we conquered the obstacles, donating our mud drenched shoes, watching my nephew play in the Lil’ Muckers pit, chowing down on some delicious food after the race, picking up our race swag with MuckFest gear, and seeing all the people there to support the cause was truly amazing.
MuckFest MS: If you had once piece of advice for a first-time mucker, what would it be?
Angelena: MuckFest MS is an awesome opportunity to get dirty and have fun raising awareness for a disease that can be messy at times. The support of others brings strength and emotional support to those living with the disease. Come ready to get dirty and have fun!