MuckFest MS Mud Run

Good morning, friends!  I have some exciting news to share today:  I officially registered for the MuckFest MS Mud Run!


That’s right—on April 27, I’ll be crawling, scrambling, and technically running through mud and other obstacles.  Sounds like a good time, right?

Doing a mud run has been on my fitness bucket list for a while—I almost did a Warrior Dash this past summer—and when my aunt emailed my sisters, cousins, and me about getting a team together for the Boston-based event (races take place throughout the country), I was totally on board.  She has attended so many of my high school field-hockey, basketball, and softball games over the years, and she and my uncle even visited me in London when I studied abroad during my junior year.


Eating our way though Camden Market in London–typical!


Grabbing a quick lunch in Bath, England.

And she helped throw me a belated 21st birthday back stateside.


Limo time!

Both my aunt and uncle came to my college graduation, too—like the actual four-hour long ceremony.  They are champs.


Oh, and remember when they cheered me on during my first triathlon?


Who can forget the sign and cowbell?!


Well, before that event, my aunt actually rode the bike course with me.


Yes, she has MS, but she clearly doesn’t let that limit her in any way. (If you’re unfamiliar with multiple sclerosis, it’s a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.  Symptoms vary from numbness in the limbs and fatigue to blindness and challenges walking.  There’s been progress in treating the disease, but right now, there’s no known cure.)

I’m extremely blessed to have such a supportive and close-knit family, so if I can use my passion for running and doing endurance events to support my aunt and the National MS Society, then I’m all for it.  When I signed up for the 5-mile race, I also pledged to raise $200 for the National MS Society.

I’ve never fundraised this way for an athletic event (for college basketball, we swapped pink t-shirts for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for $20 donations), so hopefully, I can reach this goal.  We’re also looking for more teammates, so let me know if you want to join us!

Have you completed a mud run?  Any tips/words of wisdom?  Do you have any fundraising experience?

34 responses to “MuckFest MS Mud Run

  1. Sounds like so much fun!! I’ve never run a mud run before but they do look like lots of fun!

  2. Yay! Mud runs! What a great race, and the story about your aunt is so inspiring. I’m actually super interested in joining your team…I just want to see where the Boston one is gonna be. Such a good cause!

  3. That mud run looks like fun! I love the sweet relationship you have with your aunt. I have an aunt like that. She never had kids of her own, so my sister and I were always hers too. I always count her as one of my parents!

    • That’s exactly how my aunt and uncle are too–no kids, so they’re definitely the “cool” aunt and uncle who do lots of traveling and obviously highly support their nieces and nephews. 🙂

  4. what a great cause lady, I am glad you have this awesome support system

  5. Looks like it should be a great time! Your aunt and uncle sound like great people 🙂

    I’ve never done a mud run, and I would but it always conflicts with all of our training.

    • I really lucked out in terms of the weekends–I’ll be in Miami two weeks before and won’t race again for another two or three weeks, so it worked out perfectly.

  6. Don’t injure yourself on the mud run. That is my biggest fear (rolling an ankle..there is a stress fracture you can get from that in your fifth meta!). Anyways but they are really fun and I hope you enjoy yourself!

    • That’s my biggest concern. Since we’re in the recreational/non-competitive heat, our team will be pretty low-key and careful; there are no plans to race it!

  7. How fun! Your aunt sounds amazing and I have no doubt that you’re going to blow the $200 goal out of the water. Have you ever looked into any of the MS150 events? My childhood best friend’s dad (gosh, that was long) was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago and they always do that event in MN as a family. Good luck with your mud run! I have the Warrior Dash coming up in April.

  8. Good work signing up for the run! It sounds like a lot of fun too.

  9. What an awesome cause and story Carrie 🙂 You’re going to do fantastic with your goal raising no doubt. Wear light/tight fitting clothes! Dry fit/tech material preferred. Mud washes out much easier than cotton!

    Work bake sale or raffles to boost your funds? I’m currently planning my “attack” on the workplace to help in my fundraiser for MCM! 😉

    • Thanks for the tips, Beka! We’ll probably be getting uniforms/team shirts, so I will push for dry fit/tech tees for sure. 🙂

  10. What a great race and how cool are your aunt and uncle?? MS is such a terrible disease, so this is a wonderful cause. Go Carrie!!

  11. Hooray!! I’m so excited for you.

    I actually raised money for our local humane society before my half. I raffled off baked goods every month to help generate interest. Also, don’t be afraid to remind your Facebook friends a million times 😉

  12. How fun – and what a great cause! You can totally achieve your $200 goal 🙂

  13. I have never done a mud run, but will hopefully do on in Minneapolis with my godmother this summer! She runs it every year to raise money for the children’s section of the hospital where she is an ER nurse.

  14. Thanks so much for your support, Carrie! See you at MuckFest MS Boston!

  15. It is great reading about your close relationship with your Aunt and Uncle. I have done fundraising for Team in Training when I ran marathons with them – doing an event for an organization like National MS or LLS adds meaning to the event for sure. I know how tough fundraising can be so happy to make a donation for your event!

    • carriestevens

      Thank you so much, Colleen! 🙂 When my day comes to run a marathon, I’ll definitely fundraise for an organization. Twenty-six miles and change is a long way, and I know running for a charity will help hold me accountable and appreciate the journey–not everyone can physical run a marathon, so why not use our ability to help out others?

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  17. How was the race? I’m doing it this Sunday!!! Any tips about the race? What to wear? Pack extra clothes? This is my first time but I volunteered last year.

    • carriestevens

      Hey, Elizabeth! You’re going to have so much fun! I’d recommend wearing capris or spandex (not loose, baggy shorts) and old sneakers you don’t mind getting dirty. Also, if your hair is long enough, braid it.; rising the mud out will be easier after the race. And don’t forget to smile and pose for the on-course photographers! 🙂

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