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Got mud? MuckFest fundraiser for MS comes to Somerset Sept. 19

























Participants in last year’s MuckFest take off from the starting line. Early registration is open for this year’s event, which takes place Sept. 19. (Submitted photo)

A crawl through the mud could raise money to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families.

“When we started MuckFest MS, the Twin Cities was one of the first locations,” said Emily Wilson with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “It’s now grown to 10 events across the country.”

MuckFest MS, a five kilometer race and obstacle course, is designed to be accessible for young and old to participate while raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Twin Cities MuckFest is taking place Sept. 19 at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis.

“You don’t have to have outstanding athletic ability to participate, you just have to be ready to have fun in the mud,” Wilson said.

Wilson expects the event will attract 2,000 participants and raise $250,000.

“The MS Society provides support for people with the disease and their families,” Wilson said. “We also fund research around the world to better treat MS.”

While the muddy obstacle course is fun to run through, Wilson said there are also serious reasons for groups to come together.

“One of the special things about MuckFest are the groups of co-workers, family and friends that support someone with MS and run in their honor,” Wilson said. “They come up with creative costumes like tutus and funny T-shirts — it makes the whole event fun.”

Last year, one couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at MuckFest.

“The woman had MS, and they ran the race together with some bride-and-groom accessories,” Wilson said. “Of course, her veil was covered in mud in the end.”

Participants need only bring athletic shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, Wilson said. There is no fee for spectators to watch, and there will be food and drinks to purchase.

The MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Mud Obstacle Run begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Somerset Amphitheater, 715 Spring St., Somerset, Wis. Registration is $80 until Sept. 2, and then $105 until race day. For more information, visit muckfestms.com.

Contact Alicia Lebens at alicia.lebens@ecm-inc.com

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