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MuckFest in Lockport to support MS research

Updated: August 21, 2014 6:17AM



The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its inaugural MuckFest MS mud and fun run beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 23, at Legacy Paintball & Airsoft Park, 2807 Canal St., Lockport, according to a press release.

Participants will slip, slide, slosh, climb, crawl and jump through 15 muck- and fun-filled obstacles to raise funds for critical MS research, programs and services, the release said.

The Lockport event is one of 10 MuckFests nationwide that will send runners of varying athletic abilities on a messy, obstacle-packed 5k jaunt.

“MuckFest MS is an awesome opportunity to get dirty and have fun raising awareness for a disease that can be messy at times,” Angelena Colon said in the release.

Colon participated in MuckFest MS in Indianapolis last year and will participate this year at the Chicago-area event.

All funds raised by participants will directly benefit the National MS Society and its mission to bring an end to MS, the press release said.

“As a person living with MS, it is truly inspirational to see so many people come together to support the efforts of the National MS Society,” Colon said in the release. “The entire day was filled with gratitude and support from people I knew as well as complete strangers who cheered me on through every obstacle. I left the event knowing that I wanted to come back again because my heart was touched by the efforts of everyone involved.”

Participants will receive a free T-shirt, a refreshing beverage and a tasty snack in the MuckFestival area, the release said.

Kids can get in on the action in the Lil’ Muckers play area.

People of all ages and athletic abilities are encouraged to participate, the release said.

“I think that the running or ‘race’ aspects of MuckFest may intimidate some people, but I urge everyone to set those fears aside,” Jessie LaFree, a Chicago resident and previous MuckFest MS Indianapolis participant, said in the release. “You’re going to feel great, and you’re going to be surrounded by lots of light-hearted, fun-loving people covered in mud and working for a common cause. In the end, everyone has done something great and leaves with an everlasting sense of accomplishment.”

MuckFest MS participants will enter the course in pre-assigned waves. Teams are not mandatory but are the best way to experience MuckFest MS, according to the press release.

For more information or to form a team, register as an individual, volunteer or donate online, contact Charlie Blazevich, at (312) 423.1144, email charles.blazevich@nmss.org or visit muckfestMS.com.

For more information about the chapter, visit MSIllinois.org.

Staff report



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