IRONIC, ISN’T IT?
A Q&A with Philadelphia Mucker Sammi S.
Why do you Muck?
When I participated in my first MuckFest® MS mud run (seven years ago), I had no idea that four years later I would be the one wearing the teal bandana. Ironic, isn’t it? Living with MS is complicated, challenging, hard to understand and even harder to explain, but on race day all of that disappears. It’s beyond overwhelming to see, and feel, the support at the starting line.
Tell us about your team: Are they friends, co-workers, family members, a mix? How did you get them all together?
Seven years ago, my friends and I signed up for our first MuckFest MS to support my friend’s mom, Kath, who had been powering through her MS battle for several years. We sat at their kitchen table and hand wrote “Kath’s Kids” with puffy paint on about 10 plain pink or purple shirts to wear the next day.
We had so much fun that we decided to make this a yearly event and invite as many people as possible.
Fast-forward seven years and our team has grown so large we now must have our shirts printed! You’ll find Kath’s Kids in tie-dye pink and purple shirts in Philly on June 10th! Our team is an incredible mix of family and friends and continues to grow every year.
What’s the energy like at MuckFest MS?
The energy at MuckFest MS is indescribable — it can only truly be understood once you’ve experienced it. It’s an amazing feeling to be surrounded by hundreds of people showing their support by raising money to find a cure for MS.
How has MuckFest MS empowered you to conquer life’s obstacles?
MuckFest MS gives you hope that a cure will soon be found. It’s seeing all those teal bandanas conquer every obstacle that gives you strength and courage. Crossing the finish line with Kath rocking our teal bandanas was inspiring beyond measure.