Inspiring Muckers: MuckFest MS Boston, Marc Mingolelli of Mingo Muckers
UPDATED ON 4/28: Check out the Mingo Muckers team at MuckFest MS Boston 2015!
Tell us about your connection to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It may sound strange, but I am happy to know that my brother has MS. About seven years ago, Mike was complaining of dizziness and blurred speech. Finally, another episode occurred, and he was rushed to an emergency room where doctors told us he had cancer, and it was not good. The diagnosis made all of us scared and nervous for two weeks while tests were being conducted. When the news finally came back that it was MS, we were relieved – although there is no cure for it yet, every day strides are made to find one and people with MS can still live long, productive lives.
How did you first get involved with Muck Fest MS?
To complement Mike’s role on the New England Board, the family wanted to find a way to help raise awareness and money for the MS Society. We are not a family of long distance runners or walkers. We like to have fun and bring people together. Participating in MuckFest MS accomplishes this goal – getting dirty is just an added benefit! Our biggest challenge was coming up with a name and slogan. We ultimately decided on the Mingo Muckers, where “Finding a Cure is Dirty Work.”
Mingo Muckers is an awesome mix of family, friends, and co-workers. What is your number one team building tip?
We don’t really focus on training, nutrition, stretching, strategy or really anything that might give us a competitive edge. The Mingo Muckers team philosophy has a few guiding principles:
- Don’t take yourself too seriously
- Don’t be the last sibling in the race
- You cannot be underqualified to join the Mingo Muckers, real athletes are actually overqualified for this team and asked to look elsewhere…
- Wear a cool outfit – looking good is important in the mud…looking good is more important than playing good.
As second-year muckers, what advice do you have for first-timers?
Don’t forget two towels for the shower afterwards. Last year I had to give mine to my niece and I had to improvise.
Why is fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society important to your family?
In addition to my brother, there are several other connections including high school and college friends. The more we get involved, the closer MS touches our family.
What are you most excited for at Muck Fest MS Boston in April?
- Last year it rained and was quite cold. By the end of the race, we could not feel our toes and hands. This year, I am looking forward to a warmer day, but given the winter we’ve had, I am not optimistic. I will remember that extra towel.
- Last year, Mike’s oldest daughter, Lauren, joined us in the race. This year, my two oldest daughters, Amanda and Lyndsay, will be joining us. It will be cool to have my brother, sister Laurie, brother-in-law John, my niece, and my daughters, leading the Mingo Muckers.