FAQAbout MuckFest® MS

MuckFest MS is the FUN mud run with the best obstacles. No special training or equipment required: just bring a pair of sneakers and your sense of humor. We run on a well-designed 5K course, featuring awesome, super-sized obstacles and mud from start to finish. This event is built for laughs, but we’re also on a serious mission to support people living with multiple sclerosis and to bring us closer to a world free of MS. 100% of fundraising dollars go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Our primary goal is that this event maximizes the opportunity to raise critical funds for MS research and life-changing programs and services for people affected by MS. With this goal in mind, adjustments were made to adequately allocate our precious resources in a way that is efficient, effective and maximizes the fundraising impact MuckFest MS will make in the MS movement. Click here to read our message to St. Louis runners and supporters.
There are many additional opportunities to support the National MS Society. Click here to find a list of upcoming opportunities in your community.
For an event day where total runner capacity has not been reached, teams that register at least two weeks out from the event will be placed in the same wave time. Learn more about waves here.
Approximately 10 to 14 days before the event, we will manually assign specific wave/start times, doing everything possible to keep teams together and starting at the same time. We will notify participants via email when their wave/start times are posted in the Participant Center. If you register after the assignments are made and before online registration closes, then your wave/start time assignment will be completed on Thursday, two days before the event.
Participants who sign up after the two week out mark and before online registration closes will receive their wave assignment notification emails on the Thursday before the event.
In Step 3 of the registration process, select “Join an existing team.” Then you can search for the team name or for your team captain’s name. Click on the team to join it. Learn more about teams here.
Click here to register as a volunteer! Learn more about volunteering here.
Runners should wear closed-toe sneakers only; no cleats of any kind are permitted. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting mucky! You should wear clothes that won't restrict your movement and will provide protection as you move through the obstacles. Pants or shorts are acceptable. Many muckers wear thin work or athletic gloves to better grip obstacles and ropes. Take a look at our Anatomy of a Mud Obstacle Runner infographic or peruse our event photos from last year to get a good sense of how muckers dress for success out on the course.
We have a Key Check area that uses a tag from your registration bib to identify your belongings. We have limited space in Key Check, so please only bring what is absolutely necessary to store. We recommend you leave valuables and the rest of your belongings either in the car or with a spectator.
All of our MuckFest MS events are in fields so there is not flat terrain. We are not ADA standard accessible, as the nature of the event means wheelchairs will have to move through grass and dirt. However, we do our best to make portions of the event site accessible to people with disabilities.
There is no fee for spectators. Learn more about spectator questions here.
There is no fee for the Lil’ Muckers area. Learn more about the Lil’ Muckers area here.

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MuckFest MS FAQ Categories

Registration FAQs

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Participants must be over the age of 12 on the day of the event. Participants who are 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or on-event guardian. The ratio of guardian to minor-aged runners is 1 to 3. The free Lil' Muckers area is designed for kids ages 5 to 11. Please form a team for you and your minor-aged runners so that we will be sure to assign you all to the same start time.
You are able to give an adult friend/relative that is registered to run permission to act as the guardian for your child. The parent or guardian agrees to the waiver upon registration giving the minor the ability to participate and be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The pricing structure is based on how many days out from the event you register. Check out your City Page for the current price of your MuckFest MS event. Registration fee does not include a processing fee. This processing fee, which includes handling and insurance, will be added to your total charge at the completion of registration. Processing fee is subject to change.
The earlier you register for MuckFest MS, the lower the price. As the event gets closer, the price increases, so register here today!
In Step 3 of the registration process, select “Join an existing team.” Then you can search for the team name or for your team captain's name. Click on the team name to join it.
In Step 3 of the registration process, select “Register as an individual.” Then select “next” to continue with registration. But you really should consider starting or joining a team. Here's why.
In Step 3 of the registration process, select “Register as a Team Captain.” Then select “next” to continue with registration.
To avoid the creation of duplicate accounts in the system and redundant email delivery, each registration must have a unique email address.
Registration fees are not tax deductible.
Registrations are non-transferrable.
Registrations are non-refundable.
It is impossible for us to assess each injury on a case-by-case basis and therefore we do not offer refunds when participants are injured and cannot participate.
Yes, pending wave availability. Visit the participant check-in tent to register on-event.

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Wave FAQs

No. We are unable to reserve wave/start times for individuals or teams—no exceptions. However, there are fundraising rewards that you and your team can earn in which you can choose your wave/start time.
Approximately 10 to 14 days before the event, participants will receive an email notifying them that their wave assignments are available in the Participant Center. It’s best not to plan your day until you receive your wave assignment as start times can begin as late as mid to late afternoon.
Yes! In most cases, teams that register at least two weeks out from the event will be placed in the same wave time. When an event day reaches total runner capacity, it may not be possible for teams to be assigned the same wave/start time. Runners will be notified when an event day has reached capacity.
Participants who sign up after the two week out mark will receive their wave assignment email on the Thursday before the event. It’s best not to plan your day until you receive your wave assignment as start times can begin as late as mid to late afternoon.
Team wave times are not changeable.
We limit the size of waves for the safety of our participants and to avoid long lines at our obstacles.

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Team FAQs

In Step 3 of the registration process, select “Join an existing team.” Then you can search for the team name or for your team captain’s name. Click on the team to join it. Learn more about teams here.
Log in to your Participant Center and click the link “Change Team Membership.” Join a team by searching Team Name, Team Company, Captain First Name, or Captain Last Name, select and confirm. You may also change to another team by following the same steps. To remove yourself from a team, select Participate as an Individual. Contact us.
In most cases, teams that register at least two weeks out from the event will be placed in the same wave time. Runners will receive an email 10 to 14 days out from the event informing your team of your wave time. Please note that when an event day reaches total runner capacity, it may not be possible for teams to be assigned the same wave/start time. Runners will be notified when an event day has reached capacity.
We don't require you to fundraise, but we will love you if you do! Please support the National MS Society with a donation, and ask your family, friends and neighbors to support your participation in this event with a donation as well. New to fundraising? Get some great ideas here.
Visit your Team Page in the Participant Center to see who is on your team.
Your Team Page allows people to see your team name, team fundraising goal, team information, and team members! Donations made from the Team Page are considered team gifts and are applied to your overall team fundraising total. Team donations are not divided among individual team members and are not applied to individual fundraising totals. Visit your Team Page through the link within the Participant Center.

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Team Captain FAQs

Yes! Our 2016 Team Captain Guide is coming soon.
Contact the MuckFest MS team to make this adjustment. Please include your current team name and the new name for your team.
Check out the Team Captain Participant Center How-To Guide. Coming soon!
To promote someone else to team captain status, check out the Team Captain Participant Center How-To Guide. Coming soon.
Contact the MuckFest MS team to make this adjustment. Please include the name and email of the person who would like to join your team.
Check some ideas out here.
Check out more team and team captain information here.
Check out some fundraising ideas here!

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Pre-Muck Event Day FAQs

Learn about the MuckFest MS experience here.
Plan to arrive at the site approximately 60 minutes before your wave start time. (Due to off-site parking and shuttles to the New Jersey event site, runners in New Jersey only should arrive 90 minutes before their wave start time.) This will give you enough time to check-in, get your bib, and meet up with your team or spectating family and friends.
You should wear clothes that won't restrict your movement and will provide protection as you move through the obstacles. Remember you and your clothes will get super mucky! Many muckers wear thin work or athletic gloves to better grip obstacles and ropes. We love team attire and think muckers in costumes are extra awesome.
Make sure to wear closed-toe sneakers or gym shoes. No shoes with cleats of any kind may be worn on the course. We work with Funds2Orgs to send your gently worn, used shoes to micro-enterprises in developing nations around the world. Your shoes create jobs and sustainability for individuals in these communities.
We have a Key Check area that uses a tag from your registration bib to identify your belongings. We have limited space in Key Check, so please only bring what is absolutely necessary to store. We recommend you leave valuables and the rest of your belongings either in your car or with a spectator.
Registration and Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m., and we advise you to arrive at the site approximately 60 minutes before your wave start time. (Due to off-site parking and shuttles to the New Jersey event site, runners in New Jersey only should arrive 90 minutes before their wave start time.) This will give you enough time to check-in, get your bib, and meet up with your team or spectating family and friends.
Yes! Please bring your photo ID to the event site for check-in. If you are 21 or older, you will also need to show your ID at the beer tent.
Parking depends on the event location. Some sites have on-site parking and some utilize shuttles to bring you from the off-site parking lot to the event. If you visit your city page here a week before the event, you will see the parking information. This information will also be shared in the pre-event information email which you will receive the week of the event.
This is dependent upon the site. If you visit your city page here a week before the event, you will see the parking information for your event. This information will also be shared in the pre-event information email which you will receive the week of the event.
Nope! Each person is required to pick up their own bib, so please bring a photo ID to the event.
Nope! Each person is required to pick up their own bib.
Registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Yes, pending wave availability. Please visit the check-in tent to register on-event.
Check out this page on training for MuckFest MS!
Muckers, friends and family can enjoy our large tent in the festival area for shade, but individuals cannot bring their own tent for safety reasons.

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Muck Event Day FAQs

Check out some of our muckiest obstacles here!
The course is a 5K (or 3.1 miles).
Most obstacles have water less than 4 feet deep. Obstacles over 5 feet will have lifeguards.
Safety is our top priority, so we would never ask you to do something you're uncomfortable with. You are free to walk around any obstacle you like without penalty.
We have lifeguards on all obstacles with water over 5 feet deep. If you don't feel comfortable taking on an obstacle, you are welcome to skip it.
This is totally dependent on the participant, but it takes most participants 45 to 90 minutes to complete the course.
Nope! Except for service animals, pets are not permitted at MuckFest MS.
Yes! We will have a variety of official MuckFest MS gear that you won't find anywhere else, including some pretty mucky t-shirts and assorted muck-ccessories. We accept credit cards and cash.
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. Can you tell our lawyer wrote that?
Muckers, friends and family can enjoy our large tent in the festival area for shade, but individuals cannot bring their own tent for safety reasons.

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Post-Muck Event Day FAQs

We have a public hose-off area where you can rinse the muck off your body, clothes, and shoes. Keep in mind that the water is not heated.
You can bring a change of clothes to wear after you get mucky. Feel free to bring your own soap and a towel to dry yourself off if you'd like.
Yes! There are separate tented changing areas for male and female muckers.
Yes! MuckFest MS will check your ID at the beer tent to ensure you are of drinking age.
Participants over the age of 21 receive 1 free beer.
Yes! Water and a variety of soda will be available to participants.
The festival area is the place for all Muckers to kick back and bask in their mucky glory. Food, beer and other fun activities are located within this space.
Yes! Each participant will receive a pick-me-up treat after participating in MuckFest MS. Food will also be available for purchase.
Yes! Food vendors will be on-site for spectators to purchase food and drinks.
Yes! We have a Merchandise Tent at each event that takes cash and credit cards. No bartering. Sorry.
We work with Funds2Orgs to send your gently worn, used shoes to micro-enterprises in developing nations around the world. Your shoes create jobs and sustainability for individuals in these communities.
Your local chapter of the National MS Society will have MuckFest MS participant t-shirts at their office the week following the event for anyone who forgot to pick up their shirt. Find your local chapter here.
Your local chapter of the National MS Society will have a MuckFest MS lost & found at their office the week following the event. Find your local chapter address here.
Muckers, friends and family can enjoy our large tent in the festival area for shade, but individuals cannot bring their own tent for safety reasons.

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Spectator FAQs

Nope! MuckFest MS Spectators get to watch for free.
Spectators will park in the same area as participants. If you visit the event city page here a week before the event, you will see the parking information for your event.
Yes, spectators can access the festival area and will be able to see parts of the course to cheer on friends and family.
We do everything we can to plan for the festival areas to be accessible to all spectators. If you visit the event city page here a week before the event, you will see any specific accessibility information. Please note that all areas may not be accessible due to terrain.
Nope! Because of legal concerns, spectators cannot try out the course.
Yes! There are tables and chairs in the festival area for participants and spectators.
Yes! Spectators can purchase food and drinks in the festival area.
Yes, but purchase it on-event to avoid the hassle of coolers and keeping food fresh!
Nope! Beer can only be purchased on-site. Outside beer and other alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
This is dependent upon the site. If you visit the event city page here a week before the event, you will see the parking information for your event.
Muckers, friends and family can enjoy our large tent in the festival area for shade, but individuals cannot bring their own tent for safety reasons.

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Volunteer FAQs

Click here to register as a volunteer.
Volunteer registration is open. Click here for more information and to register.
Click here to see the job descriptions of MuckFest MS volunteers.
Yes! We don't require you to fundraise, but we would love it if you do!
Volunteers must be over the age of 12 on the day of the event. Volunteers who are 12 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
There is no fee to volunteer at MuckFest MS.
Volunteer time commitments are dependent upon your assigned position and the event for which you are registered. We ask that you stay for the full length of your shift. Click here to learn more about volunteering for MuckFest MS.
If you are unable to attend your assigned shift, please let us know.
Contact us if you want to register a large group of 20+ volunteers.
Learn more about the muckiest, most awesome volunteering gig ever here.
You’re in luck (or muck)! In 2016 you’ll be able to register as a volunteer and upgrade for just $25 to the “Volunteer Fun & Run Package.” Volunteers will run in the last wave of the day after completing their volunteer shift. Sign up soon, because there’s a limited number of spaces at each MuckFest MS! Please note: Volunteer Fun & Run registrations will not be accepted on the day of the event. The last day to register for the Volunteer Fun & Run Package will be on the Wednesday before the event. Click here for more information and to register for a 2016 event.

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Fundraising FAQs

The National MS Society uses the funds raised through MuckFest MS to fuel cutting-edge MS research and to provide vital programs and services for people affected by MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides vital programs and services to people living with MS and fuels cutting-edge MS research into the cause, treatment and cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. Read more about the life-changing work of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society here.
There is no individual fundraising minimum, but please support the National MS Society with a donation, and ask your family, friends and neighbors to support your participation in this event with a donation as well.
There is no team fundraising minimum, but please support the National MS Society with a donation, and ask your family, friends and neighbors to support your team's participation in this event with a donation as well.
Yes! Check out our fundraising rewards and other VIP perks here.
You can qualify for rewards until 11:59 pm the Wednesday before your event. Only confirmed donations qualify towards this total. Check the Participant Center to see where you and your team rank for fundraising.
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If you need help with fundraising, please reach out to your local chapter of the National MS Society. You can search for your local chapter here. We also have some great fundraising ideas here.

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Donations FAQs

Log in to the Participant Center with your username and password. Click the "My Progress" tab and you will be able to view your donor list and the amounts donated. Make sure to thank your donors; you can send your own email or use our pre-written Thank You email in the Email Center section of the Participant Center.
Donating online is the fastest way to submit donations. Please do not mail in cash contributions. You can write out a personal check for any cash you receive. Checks should be made out to the National MS Society. Please put your name on the memo line and include a donation form with each check. To turn in your donations, you can mail or drop off your donations at the chapter office. You can search for your local chapter office here. You can also drop off donations on the day of your MuckFest MS event.
If we receive an offline donation that does not include the donor's name and mailing address, it will be credited to your account as anonymous. To update this information, you can search for and contact your local chapter office here.
Donors who make an online donation via our website will receive an email confirmation that can be used for tax purposes. Donors of offline check or credit card contributions will receive an email confirmation when the donation is entered into the system.
No. We cannot split donations among multiple participants. However, if the participants are on the same team, you can make a team donation that will be credited to the entire team, but not split among the team members.
Please make sure that every donation is accompanied by a donation form from the local National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You can also put your name or your participant ID# in the memo line on all checks.
No, please don't send in cash. For any cash donations you receive, please deposit the contribution into your checking account and send in a personal check.
All registration fees and donations are non-returnable and non-transferable. Your donations allow the National MS Society to fund cutting-edge MS research and provide vital programs and services for people living with MS, regardless of your participation in the event.
Please contact your local chapter office, which you can find here.
All donations are tax deductible in the same calendar year your donation was processed to the extent allowed by law. Please work with your tax professional to determine what deductions you are eligible for.
Yes, we accept money orders and cashier's checks for donations.
Please allow 10-15 business days for processing. If the donation does not appear after 15 business days, please click here.
Your employer may sponsor a matching gift program that will match the donation you just made. For more information, click here.

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About My Account FAQs

Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to reset your username or password.
First, log in to the Participant Center with your username and password. Once you're logged in, you will see a link at the top of the page called "Update My Profile." You will be able to change your contact information, email address, username and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately.
A personal page is your personal fundraising space on our website for you to advertise your participation in MuckFest MS and fundraise on behalf of your local chapter of the National MS Society. Your page has a default image and text, but you can edit your Personal Page by logging in to the Participant Center with your username and password. Many participants customize their pages with their own stories and photos.
Log in to the Participant Center with your username and password. On the bottom right side of your account home page is the location to modify your personal fundraising goal. Enter your new goal and submit the changes.

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Lil' Muckers FAQs

The Lil' Muckers area is a mucky playground space at MuckFest MS for kids too young to get mucky on the course. Click here to learn more about the Lil' Muckers area.
No. The Lil' Muckers area is free of charge.
The Lil' Muckers area is designed for kids ages 5 to 11 who aren't old enough to be a runner on the full course.
There is no adult supervision in the Lil' Muckers area. Parents or guardians must be with children at all times, and participants may not drop off kids at the Lil' Muckers area to be watched by event staff while they run the course.
Yes, there is a waiver for the parent or guardian to sign before the child can participate in the Lil' Muckers area.

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Sponsor and Vendor FAQs

Please reach out to the local chapter office, which you can find here.
To be a food vendor, click here.

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Media Inquiry FAQs

Please contact us and select MEDIA as the subject line on the contact form. For press releases, news stories and hi-res photos, you can also visit our press page.
To speak with someone in public relations, click here. For press releases, news stories and hi-res photos, you can also visit our press page.
To get a press credential, contact us and select PRESS CREDENTIAL as the subject line on the contact form.
To talk about advertising, click here.

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