We’ll see you tomorrow, San Francisco!
Still want to register? Plan to show up no later than 8:00 a.m. on 10/11 to register in-person and reserve your place at the starting line.
Address: Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo, CA 94589.
We’re proud to share some of our favorite stories of helpful muckers out on the MuckFest MS course. Did you have a special experience? Share it below in the comments!
“When I decided to fight my fear of the ropes [in Philadelphia], I climbed to the top—then I had to turn around and climb down. I was frozen. I wanted to jump. I couldn’t figure out how to get my 300 lb body over the top. My friends fear at the bottom made me more scared. Then two guys said, ‘We’ll help you—step on us.’ They didn’t realize how afraid I was that I would crush their 170 lb bodies. But I did it. Thanks to the two great guys that didn’t leave ’til I turned around on the ropes.” –Michele F. D.
“I don’t do water. I def don’t do my head under water. So when my husband and two other teammates grabbed my hands and said, ‘JUMP!’, we all plunged into the mud pit together. That’s how my MS diagnosis has been in the past year – grabbing my husband’s hand and jumping into the unknown.”–Libbie G.
“Volunteer helped me overcome my fear and take on the Mt. Muck-imanjaro at Chicago’s MuckFest MS. Thank you!” –Emily M.
“I am 73 and ran the Denver event a couple of weeks ago. My oldest son was with me and he, along with countless other participants, kept encouraging me all the way. It was their motivation that kept me moving forward, and I did complete each and every obstacle in just about 1 hour. Thanks to all who shared their encouraging words!” –Paul L.
“My girlfriend, Kellie, and I raced the MuckFest MS Denver together. She helped me conquer my fear of heights going over the top of the Spider Web and the even taller Mt. Muck-imanjaro. We made it to the end TOGETHER.” –Darlene C.
“My trainer Jason convinced me to do MuckFest MS Boston 2013 by agreeing to do it with me. My first race of any kind. If it wasn’t for his belief that I could do it and his guidance on the course, I never would have signed up, never mind finished it. I took that experience and paid it forward this year by leading (I certainly never saw myself as a leader) a team of mostly first-time obstacle course and mud racers. So it all started with Jason’s simple words, “I’ll do it with you”. Thanks J!” –Michael P. F.
Thanks to our contributors who shared these notes on our Facebook page.
MuckFest MS: What initially made you decide to register for MuckFest® MS?
Kellie: I wanted to do MuckFest MS last year, but it was canceled in San Francisco, unfortunately. So, when I got the email saying it was on for 2014 I jumped at the chance. Having MS myself, I know all too well what it can do to a body. I wanted to do MuckFest MS because I wanted to show people that even with MS you can be strong, healthy, and challenge yourself!
MuckFest MS: What is your number one fundraising tip?
Kellie: My number one fundraising tip is: ASK EVERYONE!!! They will either donate or they won’t. But if you don’t ask…then they definitely won’t donate! Every donation makes a difference no matter how big or small. I make sure that folks know this when asking so they feel comfortable donating whatever they can afford.
MuckFest MS: What is your mindset going into your first MuckFest MS adventure?
MuckFest MS: If you could send out a message to all muckers, what would it be?
Kellie: For this last question, I would like to share my favorite quote with all the other Muckers. It is, “The best way out of a problem is through it.” Let’s all support each other and know that we are not in this alone!!
BIG thanks to Kellie for her mucking awesome support of MuckFest MS San Francisco! We’ll see you on October 11th!
MuckFest MS: Describe your first MuckFest MS Denver experience.
Ali: My first MuckFest MS Denver experience was four years ago in Winter Park. It was the inaugural year in Denver, and the course was one of the hardest in the country. I am a fan of endurance events, but since this was the year I was diagnosed with MS, I was able to talk a bunch of my friends who do not love endurance sports into doing the event to support me. We had some war wounds that year, but it was a blast and we all came back again the next year!
MuckFest MS: Who is your inspiration for participating in MuckFest MS?
Ali: My friends and family who donate or come out and do the event year after year to show their support for me and others with MS. This event gave me a really positive way to share my sad news with everyone, and it was very uplifting and inspiring to see the love and support that came out of this event for me. Like I mentioned before, I have quite a few friends who do not like running or mud but come out and do this event with me every year to show their support. It really means the world to me! Read More
We wanted to share a sneak peek at the MuckFest MS Denver course, complete with mucking awesome views of the Rockies!
Share your best pics with us this weekend at #GetDirtyDenver!
The beginnings of Spider Web.
Yeah, we’d say the view from the Spinner is pretty mucking awesome.
We’re super excited to hear from Heather Gannoe, a distinguished mud obstacle run enthusiast and blogger, who will be joining us at MuckFest MS Boston in 2015! Check out her blog Relentless Forward Commotion’s top training tip for mud and obstacle runs. Learn more about her muddy pursuit of greatness here.
MuckFest MS: What is your top training tip?
Heather: My number one tip for training for an obstacle race is to get comfortable with being uncomfortable! In traditional road racing, we tell athletes to train with the clothing and equipment they will use for race day, to ensure there is no discomfort or chaffing. Obstacle racing is a completely different situation: you will be wet, you will have mud in places you never imagined, and you may get your knees and elbows cut up on rocks and walls – so you have to train for that discomfort. For example, on a training run, start off by running straight through a puddle to learn how to handle those miles with soaking wet feet. Don’t practice all of your weight training with cushy kettlebells or neoprene covered sandbags; instead, use heavy rocks and logs to create discomfort. It all pays off race day when you can roll with the OCR punches and cross the finish line with a smile on your face!
We’re crazy excited to chat with Al Emerick, AKA our mucking awesome emcee who gets the crowd ready at our MuckFest MS events. He fills us in on his history with the National MS Society, tells us the funniest shenanigans he’s pulled off at MuckFest MS, and shares insight into his pre-muck routine.
MuckFest MS: How did you initially become involved with MuckFest® MS and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society?
Al: One of my great friends, Michael Ammiano, is on the Board of the North Florida Chapter in Jacksonville, and he asked me to help out with emceeing the first MuckFest MS Jacksonville. I also have a dear friend with MS and had participated with Bike MS as an emcee as well. The MuckFest MS team is full of amazing, selfless people, and it was an immediate bond.
We must regrettably inform you that our MuckFest MS social media pages were hacked by Puck the Muck Duck earlier today. We assure you that our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and this blog will now resume their regularly scheduled mucking awesome programming.
If you are interested in keeping up with Puck the Muck Duck’s shenanigans, follow his Twitter page, @PuckMuckDuck.
Puck the Muck Duck here.
With the impending release of an unauthorized biography, Puck the Muck Duck Run Amok: The Filthy Laundry of the World’s Dirtiest Fowl, it’s time to come clean, so to speak, and tell my story and set the record straight or at least, kinda straight.
The paparazzi caught me. Even the muckiest duck has got to clean up once in awhile.
After college, so many of my fellow duck-mates went off to spend their time getting puckered in bubble baths. Let me tell you, that Muppet serenading a cute little duck in the bathtub was the worst thing to happen to muck-ducks like me since the invention of duck-lip selfies. As you can tell, I don’t like to follow the crowd. (I was always the duckling veering off in my own direction when mom took us out for a swim.)
I go my own way. I waddle to the beat of my own drummer. Well, I don’t really waddle at all. It’s more a “swaddle,” half-swagger, half-waddle.
I’ve always preferred things on the messier side. Admittedly, I’m a little foul-mouthed (sorry) and I’m not afraid to ruffle a few feathers now and then. So, it was only natural that MuckFest® MS and I found each other. They needed a statuesque and Herculean mascot who could perform amazing athletic stunts. When they couldn’t find one, they called me. It worked out because I love the mud and I love all the muckers who love the mud.
What you may not know is that the mucky obstacle-filled course is truly my natural habitat. No weedy ponds or asphalt puddles for me. When I’m not swinging on the Swing Sets, taking selfies at The Spinner, or wading at the bottom of Spill Hill, I’m making waves in the mucky zig-zag pits and the majestically muddy Skid-Mark pool. It’s really a paradise, my dirt-vana, if you will.
I’m what you’d call a “selfie connoisseur”.
And rest assured, when you do something truly hilarious out on the course – and you will, believe me – I’ll be there to laugh at, I mean, with you. Although be warned, my laugh isn’t your usual guffaw, it’s more of a “muck, muck, muck, muck…”
All the action isn’t out on the course. After getting the muck washed off, I invite all the muckers and their guests to join me in the MuckFestival area, where I’ve been known to throw back a cold one or two. Although I’m no disco duck, I do have in my repertoire a striking interpretation of the Funky Chicken that some have called, “The New Forbidden Dance of the 21st Century.” And, if you catch me at the right moment, I may even be persuaded to recite a bit of the muck-poetry that’s been written about me, most notably by a recent U.S. Poet Laureate who strangely denies having ever met me:
There once was a duck from Nantucket
Who really knew how to muck it
With swaggering pluck
He drove around in a truck
‘Cause the Big Balls don’t fit in a bucket.
Now you have a better sense of the real me – the duck behind the mask, or something. So when you see me at MuckFest MS, don’t just give me a head-bob or a lame wave, come up and really say, “Hello” by giving me a squeeze! I’ll be sure to squeeze you back and wish you, “Good muck!”
MuckFest® MS is super excited to sit down with Biggest Loser Season 10 At Home Winner and Chicago participant, Mark Pinhasovich. Since choosing to focus on his health and fitness, which culminated in a 213 pound weight loss during the show, Mark has become a mud and obstacle run enthusiast. He is ready to take on MuckFest MS Chicago with several Biggest Loser alum, friends, and family. Team Reality Mucks is eager to get mucky!
MuckFest MS: Why did you decide to register for MuckFest MS?
Mark: I enjoy doing mud and obstacle runs and also have been doing a lot of charity work the last few years. When I heard MuckFest MS was coming to town, I decided it was the best of both worlds!
MuckFest MS: What is your mindset going into your first MuckFest MS adventure?
Mark: I have done many mud and obstacle runs in the past, but this time around, I’m doing it to raise money for a great cause. My mindset is to be as generous as possible in my fundraising efforts.
MuckFest MS: Tell us about your team!
Mark: My team will be compromised of people from The Biggest Loser (myself included) as well as family and friends!
MuckFest MS: How are you approaching training for the event?
Mark: I’m working on upper body strength and cardio, so I will be able to pull myself over obstacles as well as jog in between them.
MuckFest MS: For what part of the event are you most excited?
Mark: The Spinner looks like a blast! I may just be the one beating his chest like Tarzan when I swing around on it…
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?