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MuckFest MS Mud Run

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

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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.

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Eating our way though Camden Market in London–typical!

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Grabbing a quick lunch in Bath, England.

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

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Limo time!

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

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

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Who can forget the sign and cowbell?!

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

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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?