MuckFest MS Boston Mud Run Recap

Cross it off my fitness bucket list:  on Saturday, the Mighty Mucks completed the inaugural Boston MuckFest MS Mud Run.  And we had so much fun!


It was only a matter of time before I did one of these messy obstacle courses, so when my aunt told me she was forming a team, I immediately said yes.  Plus, I loved how the mud run functioned as a fundraiser for the National MS Society.  If you can use your passion to help others, then why not do your part?  My fundraising efforts went much better than expected, and our team raised the second-most money out of all the Boston groups; we ended up being one of the top 10 fundraising teams in the nation.  Yaya, Mighty Mucks!


On Friday morning, I traveled to Boston, and my aunt and uncle picked me up at the train station; we spent the day exploring the city before we met a few teammates for dinner at an Italian restaurant located in the North End.  We actually didn’t know everyone beforehand—some are from Syracuse, N.Y., others from Philadelphia, and a few from Boston suburbs—but we felt like old friends by the end of the weekend.

Our team of nine registered in the 11:30 a.m. recreational wave, so we got to sleep in and leisurely make our way to the race site.  Major props to race organizers and volunteers:  even though there were about 3,000 muckers (yes, I’m making it a word!), it took us less than 10 minutes to get our bibs and timing chips.


The Mighty Mucks had two goals:  have as much fun as possible and make sure everyone crossed the finish line.  Our laidback outlook was refreshing for me.  During my training and events, I’m used to hitting specific splits, holding certain paces, and basically pushing nonstop.  I really valued taking a step back and doing an athletic event for total, 100 percent fun—with no finishing time or “secret goal” in mind.

OK, so let’s talk about the course—and the obstacles.

Thanks to my stellar investigative reporting skills, I found this video online.  As you can see, the route contained 20 obstacles and took participants through several different surfaces including grass, concrete, and trails.  There were also some very hilly sections, so if my coach asks why I didn’t ride this past weekend, let’s say I did hill work on Saturday, OK?

Anyway, this post would be way too long if I described each obstacle, but I will mention a few highlights.  First, I found “The Spinner” to be the toughest one. (It starts at 1:10 in the video.) Basically, this merry-go-round-like contraption had several ropes that muckers had to grab and hang on to for dear life while the device slowly rotated.  Since I have basically zero upper-body strength and haven’t been on a rope since elementary school (did anyone else have a rope-climbing unit?), I struggled; I started loosing my grip and sliding down immediately and thought I’d definitely end up in the water!  Luckily, though, I pushed through.

Unfortunately, there weren’t a ton of super-muddy obstacles.  Out of the 20, maybe three or four had a significant amount.  The last one, though, was definitely a favorite.


I’m the pale-looking one on the right.  Yes, I also got sunburned.

We had to crawl through these tubes army-style, which were lined with mud (and stones and pebbles).  Very mucky and very fun!

Team Mighty Mucks crossed the finish line in about two hours (1:53), and the race absolutely flew by!  The obstacles broke up the running, so we never jogged for more than a quarter of a mile or so.  Honestly, we were sad when we reached mile four; we wanted the course to be longer.


Some of the ladies.

We’re obviously doing MuckFest again next year too!

Have you ever done a mud run?  Would you consider it?

33 responses to “MuckFest MS Boston Mud Run Recap

    • My aunt came up with the name! 🙂 There were a lot of creative teams–one of my favorites was “MS is BS.”

  1. Is there not an after picture of how muddy you got? I want mud for my money!!

    Sounds fun, and if you’d fallen off the rope, at least it would have been open water swimming practice.

    Well done!

    • There wasn’t a lot of mud! 😉 The first photo with my aunt and me is one of the after shots. I’ll have to actively seek out the mud next year. Oh, and there were a lot of obstacles with water, and it was freezing. I said more than once I should’ve brought my wetsuit!

  2. This sounds like so much fun!! 😀

    • All ready looking forward to next year’s race! We had so much fun! And doing it with a team is definitely the way to go. 🙂

  3. This looks like a blast! We’re actually having a mud run in our town this summer and I’m thinking about doing it!

  4. Looks like so much fun!!! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and had fun with your family and new friends!

  5. gosh this looks like so much fun! want to do one so freaking bad

  6. Looks like a great time and a great team!

  7. Mud runs are a great time! A great break from the seriousness of competetive endurance sports! You guys look adorably dirty 😉

  8. Sounds like fun! I LOVE the team name. It honestly took me a second to get it, haha. And I’m glad fundraising went so well! I’m doing a race that I need to get donations for in June. I kind of love races that do that, honestly!

    • Have to give my aunt credit with coming up with the name. 🙂 The fundraising was actually not as bad as I thought–just hit up the various social media outlets, and you’ll be set. 😉

  9. Ahh looks like so much fun! Love the video too, it’s getting me so pumped for my Tough Mudder! That spinner obstacle sounds killer! Better work on my upper body strength :-/ haha

    • carriestevens

      The Spinner was no joke! One of my teammates suggested wrapping our legs around the rope so our lower bodies would bear the workload, but I wasn’t coordinated enough to do it. 😉

  10. Looks like you’ve had a great time!! I’ve thought about these races, I like the idea of the obstacle courses, but just not sure how I feel about the mud part.. maybe one day! 🙂

    • carriestevens

      I know what you mean. The race wasn’t super muddy, so it was a good “gateway” event to mud runs. A lot of it depends on if you actively seek out the mud, too. One of my teammates would make mud angels (think snow angels except in the mud puddles!) whenever possible, and even though I didn’t avoid the mud, I didn’t consciously try to avoid it.

  11. Looks awesome! I did the Warrior Dash in Windham NY a couple of years ago. And I have to say it was the best race I’ve ever done. I thought it was so much fun. Running broken up by different challenges. Plus, the pictures were so fun to look at and share. It makes us look like rockstars!
    – Jenna

    • carriestevens

      Thanks for dropping by, Jenna! MuckFest was definitely my “gateway” mud run–can’t wait for the next one! I’m still waiting on official race pictures, but how can we not look super tough as we trudge through mud? 🙂

  12. Mighty Mucks?? LOVE IT! The recap was great, Carrie, and I loved that your team had such a great bonding experience despite not knowing each other previously. Big props to y’all for being in the top 10 fundraising groups nationwide – that’s amazing! Even though you didn’t get incredibly muddy, everyone looks soaked to the bone in the post-race picture.

    • carriestevens

      I have to give my aunt credit for coming up with the name. 🙂 I’ll have to actively seek out the mud next year–and next race!

  13. This looks like so much fun! I want to do one! Also, great team name! 🙂

    • carriestevens

      My aunt came up with the team name, so the credit goes to her. And yes–you would love doing a mud run! 🙂

  14. Somehow I missed your team name – love it!

    “The Spinner” would have killed me, too! Also, the ones that make you crawl beneath things. You’re much tougher than I am!

    • carriestevens

      I thought I’d definitely end up in the water then! My arms wouldn’t stop quivering after.

  15. I really want to do one of these obstacle course races sometime soon. They just sound so fun!! Like you said, it’s so different from training and normal workouts.

    • carriestevens

      It was definitely a breath of fresh air from normal training, and it was nice to take a step back and remember that fitness and being active can be 100 percent fun–without the structure or racing goals.

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