“I was diagnosed with MS 7 years ago, August 12, 2010…my 10-year wedding anniversary! Early in 2014 my cousin, who lived in Philadelphia, wanted to do something in my honor and he found MuckFest® MS! He began to build a team, then known as “Madelyn’s A Mess With MS.” I was so proud of him for doing a team for me, and then I thought, I am physically able to do this, so I, too, joined the team! It was GREAT! Since then, I have decided that if I am physically able to do it, then I will continue Mucking for myself and for those who are not able to. My most successful fundraising technique has been making cookies in a jar and selling them. I bake up to 10 different varieties of cookies. Each year the team gets bigger and more with people with MS have joined. With that, I renamed the team “Madd’s MisFits.” This past MuckFest MS I had almost 50 members on my team. The first year we participated, we had a modest team of 11!”
GO MADD! We really mean it when we say that we are MORE than just a mud run. MuckFest MS is about playing in the mud and raising funds for the National MS Society, yes, but we’re also an event where people build community and share stories and experiences with one another. The spirit and energy and LOVE in the mud is out of this world. We’re so happy to have Muckers like Madelyn, and we’re so thankful that she shared her story with all of us and all of you!
It’s hard to believe that the last MuckFest MS of 2017 is just 2 months away in So Cal on November 11. In honor of our finale, Traveler Beer Co. and MuckFest MS are challenging Muckers to show off their best #MuckStache. As the entries roll in, we picked our favorites so far. But don’t fret, you have until September 30th to get yours in! It can be the real thing, a little muck mud, or a Traveler foam Fu Manchu. Until then, sit back, grab a new Traveler Jack-O can and enjoy the ones we have so far:
Will we see you at the Bay Area, Austin, Dallas or So Cal MuckFest MS? Hit us with your best ‘stache shot and you could win! Whether we see you there or not, you have until the end of the month to submit your favorite pics! You can also vote on your fav lip mouth brow here. The winner gets roundtrip airfare to MuckFest MS So Cal, 500 bucks and hotel accommodations. Not too shabby! Good luck and we hope to see you there.
No purchase necessary. Contest open to all US citizens who are 21 years of age or older. One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for winner and guest to MuckFest in Los Angeles, CA on November 11, 2017, including airfare, 3 days, 2 nights hotel accommodations and $500 spending money with a total approximate value of $2,210. Contest submission period begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on 5/1/2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 9/30/2017. The Traveler Beer Company and the National MS Society will choose the first place winner on or around October 1, 2017 based on the following criteria: Creativity, portrayal of fun and alignment with the Traveler and MS Society brands. To enter share your best mustache or muckstache photo with the hashtag #MuckStache and #Contest on your public Instagram account or visit travelerbeer.com/muckstache and you will be brought to a separate page to enter your name, address, email address, telephone number, date of birth and picture. View official rules. Void where prohibited.
MuckFest MS Chicago is just a couple of days away and we are SO EXCITED to see all of you! Below is a list of Mucker-recommended local restaurants. We hope this list helps with planning your day!
- Somethings Brewing Grayslake Illinois, 7-minute drive
82 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030
- French toast, omelets, and bagels, OH MY! This gourmet coffee shop will be the perfect alarm clock before it’s time to play in the mud!
- Emil’s Tavern on Center, 7-minute drive
161 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030
- Famous pizza, broasted chicken, bar food, and burgers, this tavern has all the carbs that you’ll need to recharge after mucking.
- Hillside Family Restaurant, 6-minute drive
804 Barron Blvd, Grayslake, IL 60030
- From breakfast through dessert, this family restaurant will appease any cravings that the muck brings to the surface.
- The Vine Martini & Wine Bar, 7-minute drive
101 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030
- On top of an expansive drink menu, this restaurant has a wide array of gorgeously plated appetizers, sides, entrees, and desserts.
There you have it! Know of any hotspots that other Muckers might enjoy before or after the muck? Write them in the comments below!
Guest post written by a MuckFest MS Dallas Mucker, Nikki V.
It’s soccer season again. For the last 16 years, every year my car becomes “soccer season ready.” 16 years ago it meant I had to make sure my car had chairs to sit in, a sweater in case it got cold, umbrellas, toys for the younger children, and sunscreen. These items kept my family and me ready for soccer games and tournaments. But things changed nine years ago when I received my MS diagnosis.
I was 32 years old. I had a 15-year-old, a 10-year-old, and a 5-year-old, and all three played “the beautiful game.” I raised all three girls in the Texas heat, so soccer matches in Oklahoma and South Texas were a regular occurrence. My oldest daughter was upset the ﬁrst time I had to watch her game from an air-conditioned car (it was a tournament.) I had watched two games already but my body was just not having it for one more hour. She was angry, but I understood. While my vehicle was “soccer ready”, my mind, and my body, were not.
It has been almost 10 years since my diagnosis. All three of my daughters still play soccer. Over the last 10 years I have changed my “soccer ready” routine. The following is my list of important Dos and Don’ts.
DO bring these items when it’s hot outside and a game is on:
- A comfortable chair (preferably with mesh backing)
- An umbrella
- Frogg Togg or other water-cooling device
- A cooler with water and ice
- A hat
- Fight to try and see how long you can stay in the sun.
- Hesitate to ask if you can share someone’s shade.
- Feel bad when you are so hot that you have to go sit in the car.
- Forget water or your other cooling devices.
These extra items have allowed me to watch many soccer games with all my girls. MS was and continues to affect my life, but I refuse to let this diagnosis affect being a part of such an important event in my daughters’ lives.
Ahhhh Swing Set, a crowd favorite at MuckFest MS® time after time. Looking at it, it seems pretty simple. You stand on it, you swing back and forth, and you jump. Easy… and seemingly not too exciting.
But, somehow, it’s so much more than that.
Quick physics lesson: swings work by turning potential energy into kinetic energy. So, the higher you go (creating more potential energy) the faster you come down (kinetic energy.) As you, the Mucker, start pumping your legs and making the platform swing, your body and balance start to feel the potential energy converting into kinetic energy… you’re literally creating a little physics experiment on our course, you muckin’ scientist!
Well anyway, all that swinging builds up a lot of adrenaline, so you may feel pumped to try something goofy and fun. Here are three ways to stick the Swing Set Landing:
- The Rollercoaster: ARMS UP!
- The Cannonball: BUTT FIRST!
- The Shapeshifter: LSKJANYTHINGJPSJQJ
This list could go on and on. You Muckers always get creative. And hey… the possibilities with physics are endless!
Our seasonal fall beer, Jack-O Pumpkin Shandy, is back! Jack-O represents the darker side of Shandy, with real pumpkin and seasonal spice. Although it’s not quite fall yet, we’re going to take a look at the best falls from MuckFest MS this year to start celebrating the season.
Charlotte, May 6:
Boston, May 20-21:
Philadelphia, June 3-4:
New Jersey, June 24-25:
Denver, July 15:
Detroit, August 5:
And for those looking to truly celebrate the fall, join Traveler Beer at one of the fall MuckFest MS mud runs in Chicago, Bay Area, Austin, Dallas or So Cal. Or pick up a 6-pack of Jack-O at a store near you. Visit travelerbeer.com/find for a full list of locations.
Today is Poets Day, so we made 9 haikus to make you smile. OH, and they’re about ducks and mud. Enjoy!
We’re so excited to take the muck to Minnesota this Saturday! The course is located in the town of Jordan, MN, and we want to make sure that YOU muckers have your plans in place for before & after the MuckFest® MS Twin Cities mud.
Here are three local hotspots recommended by fellow muckers. Enjoy!
Locally roasted coffee, organic pastries, and dare we say it… ICE CREAM. This is the perfect caffeine stop before and/or after the muck.
Locally owned and operated, this little restaurant has three food groups: pizza, hamburgers, and roasted chicken. Make yourself at home!
A brunch buffet, an expansive menu, and Crème Brule. And Bread Pudding. Annnd Chocolate Lava Cake. Oh, and did we mention that they have Banana’s Foster Cheesecake?
Let’s support local businesses this weekend as we fight to end MS. Do you have other recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!