MUCKY TO THE END!
On a spectacularly sunny Saturday, nearly 3,000 muckers, over 100 volunteers and scores of spectators converged on the Lake County Fairgrounds to make the 2017 edition of MuckFest® MS Chicago a super-fun, super-sloppy party.
Mud Master Al got things rolling in an especially muddy Muckin' Corral, orchestrating a first-ever mud-soccer kickfest, a furry race on all-fours with mud-slapping jockeys (you had to see it), and some of the muckiest calisthenics ever recorded. Props to all the muckers who literally and figuratively jumped in with both feet from the get-go.
Out on the course, muckers attained new heights of muck-osity, scaling Mt. Muck-imanjaro, leaping off Crash Landing, and slogging through the absolute muddiest Skid Mark and Belly Crawl in the history of the known universe. We've never seen so many mud-covered muckers cross the finish line.
And man oh man, the kids went hog-wild in Lil' Muckers. There was some serious, non-stop frolicking in the ooey gooey mud, including one or two voluntary face-plants. If these kids were any indication of what's to come, then the future looks very bright and mucky indeed!
Big props to the team wardrobe departments because we saw a dazzling array of get-ups, including the aforementioned head-to-toe furries, a fedora- and tutu-wearing Captain America, and a gaggle of yellow knit-hat wearing Minions. Extra credit on the team t-shirts, which included heartwarming tributes to family and friends and a whole lot o' punny wordplay that we love so muck ("Loré is still s'myelin!").
Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who fundraised on behalf of the National MS Society, including the incredible top fundraising individuals and teams listed below. Altogether, you raised over $270,000! A big shout-out again this year to the perennial top fundraising team, Erin's Mudskippers, captained by the fundraising dynamo and top fundraiser, Erin Dorn!
A special thank you to hometown Team AbbVie, our National Sponsor, for going BIG with a super-sized team of over 150 muckers; and to BriovaRx Filthy Mudicators, a local sponsor and one of the top fundraising teams who conquered the course with a robust 52 members.
Thanks to an outstanding crew of volunteer captains and volunteers who kept things movin' and groovin' in the parking lot, MuckFestival, and out on the course. This thang simply would not work without you.
We'd also like to thank and recognize all the muckers, volunteers and spectators who traveled near and far from around the Chicagoland area and neighboring states to be there. And thanks once again to the Lake County Fairgrounds for being such an awesome event partner.
Thank you for coming out and making MuckFest MS Chicago so memorable. We would like to thank all the runners, volunteers, spectators and staff who participated and supported each other this weekend. It is that spirit of support that inspires us to work hard every day of the year to support people living with multiple sclerosis.
There is still time to support the mission behind the “muck.” We've made incredible progress so far and we want to keep that momentum going after the event. Make a donation online.