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Participants Ready to Get Muddy at Muckfest MS in Grayslake

August 14, 2015

5K mud run and obstacle course benefiting MS research returns to Illinois for 2nd year          

MuckFest MS, a fun-filled 5K mud run and obstacle course, will make its return to Illinois on Saturday, August 29, at the Lake County Fairgrounds (1060 E. Peterson Road) in Grayslake. At MuckFest MS, teams of runners slog through mud and overcome 19 outrageous obstacles that spin, swing, and fling them up, down, and sideways.  The Illinois event is one of 11 MuckFests nationwide that raise critical funds for multiple sclerosis research, programs and services.  More than 2,500 individuals are expected to participate this year.

Erica Montelo, of Chicago, participated in the inaugural MuckFest MS event in the Chicago area last summer, and is back for more in 2015. Last year, Erica formed a 30-person team with her co-workers from Microsoft to support her sister Kelly, who was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis five years ago. They raised $20,000 in 2014 and are hoping to top those numbers this year.

“My sister means the world to me and getting all mucky and muddy to help raise money for the National MS Society is the least I can do,” Erica said.  “MuckFest has encouraged us to build relationships that are far more than just co-workers, but friends coming together, to share the love and support of your community.”

Participants will not only receive the experience of a lifetime, but will be rewarded for their efforts with a free T-Shirt, beer (or soda) and photos from their mucky adventure.  People of all ages and athletic abilities are encouraged to participate. 

“I didn’t think our team was going to get so big; I actually thought maybe 10.  Then we started talking about it all over Facebook and people started signing up. I am very excited,” said Molly Kramer, a newcomer to Muckfest, who was diagnosed with MS this past January. “I couldn’t be happier with the support I have been getting.”

MuckFest MS starts at 9 a.m., with waves occurring every half hour throughout the day. Spectators are welcome free of charge to cheer on their friends and family.  There is also a Lil’ Muckers play area for the kids to get muddy.

For more information, or to form a team, register as an individual or volunteer for this event, contact Brittany Nagy at 312.423.1161 or at, or visit  Participants are encouraged to fundraise to create a world free of MS. 

In total, MuckFest MS has raised more than $20 million nationally through the series of MuckFest MS events. Upcoming MuckFest MS events take place in the Twin Cities (September 19), San Francisco (October 10), Los Angeles (October 24) and Houston (November 14). Earlier this year, events took place in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit and St. Louis.

About the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS across a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois, and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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