Muck 4 Mom: Meet Lisa G., Detroit Mucker from Team MUCK4MOM
For Lisa G. from Detroit, multiple sclerosis has been part of her life since her mom was diagnosed two decades ago. She has regularly supported the National MS Society and has found a new way to contribute: by running in the Detroit MuckFest MS ®! She has been planning on mucking for the last few years, and in 2017, she completed her first MuckFest MS with Team MUCK4MOM! Her family and friends ran with her, and supported her every step of the way! Her husband and nephew even walked alongside her for the whole route and took videos! This year will be even better….
How did you learn about MuckFest MS?
I think it was about 5 years ago in 2013. As a regular supporter of the National MS Society, I receive the MS Connection materials and noticed this event. I had participated in a few other mud runs in Michigan, and I signed up as an individual participant. I ended up not running it due to a family wedding. It took me a while to get my team together and we ran our first MUCK4MOM team run last year in 2017 and together raised over $2,000.
How was Muck different from, or exactly what you expected?
It was much more fun than I expected! I had done 2 other mud runs the years prior, and this one had so much more camaraderie and support. It had way more obstacles, and more challenging obstacles, than the other races.
What’s one thing you wish you had known for your first MuckFest MS?
That I should have arrived way earlier than my heat started so I could hang out and check out the entire set up – all the booths with food and drink! Also, I would have brought more of my family to the event, just so my nephews could play in Lil’ Muckers. They would have had a blast!
What brings you back to MuckFest MS this year?
I am passionate about supporting the National MS Society and I love a good muddy obstacle course. Putting them both together is perfect! I hate what this disease has done to my mom and will continue to help fight it as much as I can.
What is your favorite obstacle?
It is hard to narrow it down to just one. I think I liked the Flying Muckers zip line mostly because I have never zipped before, and it is one of the things on my bucket list. A close second was Crash Landing. I am fearful of heights, but for some reason, I was able to jump with no issues.
What was a challenge you overcame as part of MuckFest MS that you are extremely proud of?
This was the first fundraising effort that I have done and to be able to raise $2,000 with our small team of 5 was awesome. We have a team of 6 this year and want to exceed that amount…even double it!
What are your favorite parts of MuckFest MS?
First, it is all about raising money to fight the ugly disease of MS. Second, we are doing it while having a blast and getting dirty with other people that have the same passion. The people who are part of the event and the people running in the event are all super cool and it feels like one big family.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Additional family members are going to join in on the fun. My dad and sister are returning to do it again this year, and my brother, nephew and cousin all decided to join us. We are a crazy family and it is going to be so fun!
What are your tips for first-time Muckers?
#1 – Duct tape your shoes and have a pair of workout gloves. The tape around your shoes (over your laces around the bottom of your foot) will prevent your shoes from falling off in the deep mud. The gloves will prevent scrapes and help with crawling and climbing obstacles.
#2 – Bring a change of clothes, as MuckFest MS does a great job of having the shower/rinse truck and changing rooms.
#3 – MOST IMPORTANT – HAVE FUN!
Why is this run so important?
MS is slowly stealing my mom from my family and me. I want to do as much as possible to support the National MS Society in raising money for research and support of those with this disease. This event provides me and my family/friends a way to create awareness and fundraise in a way that has a more positive and fun twist.
How can someone join or donate to your team?
Feel free to go to my personal page here! We even have MUCK4MOM swag!