A Duck’s Halloween

If you’re behind on the times, the mascot for MuckFest® MS is named Puck the Muck Duck. If you’re REALLY behind on the times, we should tell you that Puck loves holidays; just about every single one you can think of. He has celebrated holidays from Awkward Moments Day to Mud Pack Day and everything in between. This month, though, is one of his favorites… Halloween.

We recently did a blog showcasing some of our favorite costumes from 2017, but this post is all about Puck. Here are two costumes schemes that Puck is planning for today’s trick or treating. Which one should he do? Tell us #1 or #2 in the comments below!

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#1 (Photo/Concept Credit: Colleen, DuckShow.com)

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#2 (Photo/Concept Credit: Colleen, DuckShow.com)

DALLAS EVENT INFO: WAVE/START TIMES PUSHED BACK TWO (2) HOURS

The weather forecast is calling for very cold weather in the morning tomorrow, so we are pushing everyone’s wave/start time back two (2) hours. In other words, whatever time you were planning on arriving at Southfork Ranch tomorrow, please come two hours later than that.

You can look up your original wave/start time by logging into the Participant Center with your username and password.

EVENT INFO: COLD WEATHER REMINDERS

Safety is our number one priority, so we are doing everything we can to prepare for the cold weather conditions and ensure your safety on the event.

For runners, being prepared for the cooler conditions will greatly reduce the possibility of illness or injury on the event. Please take a few moments to read through the precautions and advice below.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for Saturday:

  • Dress appropriately for the cooler conditions and adjust your running outfit if necessary. For example, Saturday might not be the best day for the string bikini top and grass skirt.
  • The cool weather will make the water and mud around the obstacles and the showers colder than normal. So, if you’re not a strong swimmer, maybe think about skipping the couple of obstacles that have deep pools of water.
  • Bring warm clothes to change into after the event.
  • Monitor the weather. Be prepared by checking the weather before you leave the house on Saturday.
  • Hydrate throughout the day today and before you leave for the event on Saturday, just as you would for any other athletic event.

While MuckFest MS is designed to take place rain or shine, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the event if we fear for participant safety.

Thank you. We’ll see you on Saturday!

The MuckFest MS Staff

We’re excited to share the story of this unique corporate team getting mucky with us this weekend in Dallas!

Ismail Amla, Managing Partner at IBM GBS North America, challenged his teams in 2017 to get more involved in the communities they serve and to find a way to give back. One evening, over a dinner of Texas BBQ, Pat McDonnell, VP/Senior Partner at IBM GBS and Bill Gillispie, a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, started talking about this challenge and how to do some team building for IBM GBS that would also support the National MS Society. Bill has lived with multiple sclerosis for 18 years, is the Board Chair in Chicago, has participated in numerous Walk MS and Bike MS events, and is a seasoned Mucker. Team Gillispie has raised $1.86 million to support the National MS Society over the years.

During that Texas BBQ dinner, Pat and Bill decided to push the envelope and rally IBM GBS around the Dallas MuckFest MS event. To Pat and Bill’s delight, after hearing all the mucktacular stories they had to share about MuckFest MS, the muddy course, and the reason behind this event, the IBM GBS leadership team decided that mucking it in Dallas was exactly the team-building event they were looking for.

For IBM GBS, MuckFest MS is both ideal for team-building as well as a chance to give back to the community. On Saturday, the entire team of 70+ IBM GBS folks will take on a 5k course with 18 muddy obstacles. Being able to muck it with colleagues and superiors is an exciting, unique team-building experience for this group! We’re so grateful for the $10,000 goal this team has set to help people affected by MS live their best lives possible.

See you this weekend, GBS Mucking It Up!

We’re expecting cold weather on Saturday at MuckFest® MS Dallas. Safety is our number one priority, so we are doing everything we can to prepare for the weather conditions and ensure your safety on the event.

Being prepared for the cooler conditions will greatly reduce the possibility of illness or injury on the event. Please take a few moments to read through the precautions and advice below.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for Saturday:

  • Dress appropriately for the cooler conditions and adjust your running outfit if necessary. For example, Saturday might not be the best day for the string bikini top and grass skirt.
  • The cool weather will make the water and mud around the obstacles and the showers colder than normal. So, if you’re not a strong swimmer, maybe think about skipping the couple of obstacles that have deep pools of water.
  • Bring warm clothes to change into after the event.
  • Monitor the weather. Be prepared by checking the weather before you leave the house on Saturday.
  • Hydrate throughout the day on Friday and before you leave for the event on Saturday, just as you would for any other athletic event.

While MuckFest MS is designed to take place rain or shine, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the event if we fear for participant safety.

Thank you. We’ll see you on Saturday!

The MuckFest MS Staff

Meg’s Story

We’re proud to share a message from our National MuckFestival sponsor, the Traveler Beer Company.

For the past several years, the Traveler Beer Company has been a proud sponsor of the National MS Society and the MuckFest® MS mud runs. As we close out the 2017 season, we wanted to shine a light on a story from one of our own. Meg Devlin, from our human resources team, knows quite well the struggles of living with multiple sclerosis. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1999. As our final guest blog post, we wanted to share Meg and her mother’s story as a reminder of what we’ve been spending the better part of a year fighting for.

Here’s Meg’s story…

As an employee, I was beyond thrilled to discover that Traveler Beer Company was going to be sponsoring the MuckFest MS mud runs across the country, and was actively recruiting employees nationwide to participate in the events. The fight against multiple sclerosis hits close to home as my mother, Adrienne, was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS when she was only 29 years old. She was a mother of two young kids, working full-time and incredibly active within our community.

Over the years MS has taken its toll on her body. She has recently retired, and is living a slower paced life with my dad amidst the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Even though her energy levels are at an all-time low, most of her “good hours” are devoted to doing kind things for others, like cooking for those in need, and crocheting or painting beautiful gifts for her loved ones. She is brave, stubborn, perseverant and generous. She is the most amazing woman I know.

When I found out that I could pull together a group of my closest friends under the Traveler Beer Company’s team to Kick the Muck Out of MS, I was all in! In just a few weeks, we raised almost $3K to go toward MuckFest MS Boston. I’m honored to work for a company that supports a cause that means so much to my family. I am so grateful to the MS Society for putting on such an amazing event that is both fun and educational about multiple sclerosis. It truly captures the incredible spirit of the fight against this disease. I was moved by everyone I interacted with on the course (spectators and runners alike). It was great enjoying a Shandy with my fellow Muckers and hearing from other runners about their motivations for being a part of the event. I look forward to following the MuckFest MS team as they celebrate the strength of those who live with MS and raise awareness for this disease.

To all of the 2017 Muckers, it was a pleasure getting down and dirty with you this season. We look forward to sharing a Shandy with you in Texas and So Cal. Cheers!

Guest post written by Dallas Muckers Roxanne C. and “Captain Muck”

Dear Friends and Family,

Why does a grandpa and mild-mannered engineer sign up to run a 5K obstacle course IN THE MUD?

A) They said all it takes is a pair of sneakers and a sense of humor.
B) His wife made him.
C) He leads a double-life as a superhero.
D) There’s beer at the end.
E) All of the above.

Thomas and I signed up for this mucky 5K mud run at Southfork Ranch on October 28th.  Aside from the muddy fun and the chance to ride in an ambulance (we hope not), we wanted to support the cause because we have a family member living with MS.

Whether or not you donate below, you will still be subjected to the following lame photo montage of our quest.  Sorry.  Really sorry. 

Faster than a sprinkle donut.

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Able to leap tall buildings in his imagination.

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It’s Captain Muck and he is out to END MS.

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If the spirit moves you to donate, visit our team’s website The Farce is With Us and click on donate.

You can register and participate with us, come and watch, or just say a prayer for us.

Stay tuned for more adventures of Captain Muck!

Thank you dear friends!

-The Farce is With Us

You love their shandys in the MuckFestival area at MuckFest® MS, so why not enjoy Traveler Beer Company craft brews year-round at your favorite restaurants? Cheers to our National MuckFestival Sponsor!

Click below on your home city to find restaurants near you that serve our favorite shandys. Cheers!

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Check out this sneak peek at MuckFest MS Austin photos!

You’re already breaking social norms by playing in the mud across the span of a 5K, so why not REALLY push the envelope with… drum roll… COSTUMES.

Just when we think we’ve seen them all, we leave each event surprised and giggling as we reflect on the craziness brought out through the muck. Here are seven of the funniest costumes we’ve seen at MuckFest MS 2017:

  1. A dinosaur… we have no words.

    Dinosaur

    MuckFest MS Twin Cities 2017

  2. Waldo… where?

    Waldo

    MuckFest MS Detroit 2017

  3. Snails… slow and steady.

    Snails

    MuckFest MS Denver 2017

  4. Floofy Skirts… point those toes!

    Poofy Skirts

    MuckFest MS New Jersey 2017

  5. Star Wars… may the muck be with you.

    Star Wars

    MuckFest MS Philadelphia 2017

  6. Spiderman… and Yoda?

    Spiderman

    MuckFest MS Boston 2017

  7. Banana… watch it ripen throughout the course!

    Banana

    MuckFest MS Charlotte 2017

This list really could be endless with how creative muckers are with their costumes, and we can’t get enough of it! Never forget to tag us in your pictures… we love seeing the FUN!