Chicago | Saturday, August 23, 2014

MuckFest® MS Chicago 5K Mud and Fun Run

You came, you got dirty, you raised $185,000 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society!

It’s no secret that Chicago was muck-tacularly fun. So, be a bud and spread the word about the mud… and the obstacles… and all the dirty action to be had at a MuckFest MS event.

Share the THANKSMUCKERS promo code on Facebook or Twitter and your friends will save $5 on their MuckFest MS registrations. There are three more MuckFest MS events happening across the country.

Remember, the more people we sign up to muck it, the more support we’re able to provide for MS research and for people living with MS in our communities.

There’s no such thing as too much sharing

With MuckFest MS Chicago, it’s definitely time to overshare using hashtag #MuckFestMS

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Muck-tacularly Well Done, Chicago!

Hey Chicago, we like the way you muck it. You broke our Fun-O-Meter, which is kind of like a barometer, but, you know, "funner." Even before the storms rolled in, you rolled in the mud and played "muck-plunger" at the starting line, did some awesome cannonballs at Muck Off and the Swing Set, and got exceptionally, beautifully and hilariously dirty. You also had a flair for dress-up: we saw brilliant team t-shirts, wacky get-ups and inflatables, and the biggest collection of furry upper lips yet, worn stylishly by the largest team, the 41-member strong MuckStache. We had great support from our host city of Lockport, which renamed itself Muckport for the day. We also want to want to salute all the muckers and their friends and family who came to Lockport from all over the Midwest, including muckers from Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. And all that muck-magic would not have been possible without the incredible work of our awesome volunteers, who brightened everyone’s day. Thanks also to Legacy Paintball & Airsoft Park for being such a great event site partner; we think our muckers made the most of it!

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Thank You!

A special message from the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society. Thank you for coming out and making MuckFest MS Chicago such a great success. The National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter would like to thank all the runners, volunteers and staff who came out to run, help and support each other this weekend. Every day of the year, we work hard to support people living with multiple sclerosis. There is still time to support the mission behind the “muck” and help us reach our fundraising goal. Make a donation online at or call the chapter.

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What's that you say?

On our Facebook page and on Twitter we asked you what you liked best about MuckFest MS Chicago. Here's a sampling:

"I had the best experience of my life. Pushing myself further than I ever thought I could. I would not have been able to get through without my teammates. Thank you, guys. GREAT JOB! ‘Marching On’" – Cathy M.

"Thank you for such an amazing event for a great cause!" – Erica S.

"I must say, BEST. MUD. RUN. EVER. MUCKFEST MS! Great obstacles! Well done! See you next year!" – Stacey M.

"MuckFest MS was freaking awesome!! #bestdayever" – Jade R.

"That was awesome! Met some awesome people along the way, too. Thanks for the help! Can't wait to do this again next year!" – Danielle S.

"Thank you for such an amazing event for a great cause!" – Erica S.

"Team Microsoft! We had soo much fun! Thank you to my awesome co-workers for supporting me and for helping to find a cure for my sister and many others! A big thanks to the National MS Society for a fun and exciting event and to the volunteers who were great motivators." – Erica M.

"A wild, WET, mucky time was had by all at #muckfestms Chicago! Who's in for next year?" – Jenny V.

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Free Event Photos for Sharing & Downloading

You may have seen the photographers from Gameface Media on the event. All of the awesome event photos (including the ones on this page) are now available for you to download, print and share on social media...for free! Below is the link to the searchable album:

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Top Fundraising Individuals and Teams

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to our Top Fundraising Individuals and Teams*. You are truly a great inspiration to us all, and your hard work fundraising individually and as teams is sincerely appreciated.

Individuals (Amount Raised)
1. Erin Dorn ($11,150)
2. Heather Pijor ($10,590)
3. Elana Sullivan ($3,995)
4. David Mendez ($2,775)
5. Madelyn Walters ($2,700)
1. Erin's Mudskippers (EMS) - Erin Dorn ($30,090)
2. Don't MS With Us - Heather Pijor ($10,780)
3. Katie's Muddy Minions - Katie Mendez ($7,325)
4. Fighting Shamrocks - Rebecca Kuchar ($5,170)
5. Rob's Little Muckers - 2nd Annual - Robert Cohon ($4,977)

*as of 9:00 CDT, Monday, August 25

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You Can Be a Muckety Muck

You probably noticed the signs on the course honoring the members of the Muckety Muck Club, which honors our top fundraisers. What you might not realize is that the Muckety Muck Club is something that you can qualify for after the event. And because of that, the rewards and perks of being a Muckety Muck go on all year through to the 2015 event season. So, don't stop fundraising now, not when you can still be a Muckety Muck! Click here to see all the 2013 Muckety Mucks.

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Thanking and Following Up with Donors

Use the pre-written thank you email and a follow-up email.

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Matching Gifts: Boost Your Fundraising Total

Send the link to your donors and search yourself if you have made a personal donation. Matching Gifts Program Search

Check your current fundraising status. Log in to the Participant Center with your username and password. If you need help logging in, click here for help.

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Thanks again, Chicago, for a muck-tacular event. And thank you for your fundraising on behalf of the National MS Society. Because of you, thousands of people living with MS will get the education, support and programs they need through the National MS Society.

With gratitude,
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Event Photos

Event photos are free for sharing and downloading from a searchable album.

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Below are a few sample event photos.

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