Making the Most of MuckFest MS with Mucker Alana S.

MuckFest MS Ⓡ is an experience unlike any other. How many other 5Ks have you zip-lining into a pool, or crawling over muddy hills, or slip-sliding down a man-made mountain? With such a one-of-a-kind day ahead, you need to make the most of every moment. Alana has been has been running has been running MuckFest MS Detroit since 2016, and is a two-time captain of team Mucking A’s. She’s also been fundraising for MuckFest MS before she was able to run! So she knows her muckin’ stuff. We talked to her about the best ways to make the most of the muck, and she had some great tips…

Find your inspiration

Some people love OCRs. Others join MuckFest MS to try a new kind of 5K. Some just love getting dirty! But many of our muckers have a personal connection to the cause. Whatever your motivation for joining MuckFest MS, keep it in mind as you train, fundraise and grow your team.

Alana found her motivation years ago in her brother.

“Around 15 years ago, my brother was diagnosed with MS while he was studying at MSU, and I was still in high school. I remember going with him to his initial treatments and supporting him while he took a semester off of school. While he has been in remission since that initial diagnosis, I sincerely hope that the money I raise will help to find a cure and assist those who have not been as fortunate with the disease.”

Have your outfit ready!

Alana starts prepping for the muck with a great outfit that is sure to stand out in photos!

“Beforehand, I design t-shirts for the team. I enjoy getting to the starting line and being recognized for Mucking A’s fundraising efforts. I look forward to obstacles like Spill Hill and Flying Muckers. Afterwards, I love seeing the pictures.”

This year, she even found “pair of orange sunglasses and have shoes with orange accents that will perfect my MuckFest look.”

Prepare for the big day!

Alana has some simple tips for first-time (and even veteran) Muckers that will make race day so much easier.

  1. I bring sunscreen to use before the run, and a towel, hair brush, and deodorant for afterward.
  2. You’ll have a new shirt, but bring clean bottoms, underwear, and shoes to change into.
  3. Wear clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy, or that you plan to get rid of.
  4. Bring a plastic bag to put wet clothes in after you change if you want to keep them.
  5. If you want to wear sunglasses, make sure you don’t wear your best pair as they can get lost in the mud.
  6. Bring some cash or card for some muck gear or food!
  7. Don’t be nervous at all, because everyone is so supportive.

Enjoy the obstacles!

What truly sets MuckFest MS apart in the world of 5Ks are the truly unique and exciting obstacles. Everyone has a favorite, and Alana loves the balance of having a lot of fun while also conquering some fears.

“I had a very ‘cherished’ moment getting hit with a Big Ball last year. I also enjoy the Swing Set because it’s a lot of fun, and you can rinse and cool off a bit. They also take great pictures there!

I do get nervous with Spider Web and Mt. Muck-imanjaro though. I’m not a big fan of heights, so these are obstacles with both where I end up conquering those fears while still having a good time.”

Muddy fun. Great photos. Fears conquered. All benefiting a great cause. There is so much to love about MuckFest MS!

How do you make the most of your Muck? Tell us in the comments!

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