MuckFest is a high-octane blast from start to finish, with mud so thick and obstacles so big and bold that your athleticism will be tested and leave you wanting more. This 5K run features a one-of-a-kind course packed with 18+ outrageous obstacles surrounded by mud-filled pits, trenches, and craters. Thousands of runners will laugh their way through the route as they slip, slide, jump, climb, and crawl to muddy glory.
Beyond the muddy adventure out on the course, theres a mission behind the muck: participants can choose to fundraise for the National MS Society whose mission is to help people affected by MS live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. 100% of funds raised by MuckFest participants benefit the Society, with over $30 million raised to date.
How to enter the MuckFest MS Chicago
- Run 5km
MuckFest MS Chicago route
THE MUCKING AWESOME CORRAL, START & OBSTACLES
Let the mucky shenanigans begin! Runners assemble here for some unorthodox calisthenics of the muddy variety.
Released from the Muckin' Corral, you may hoot, holler or otherwise screech with delight as you go forth to muck it.
Slippery slapstick starts with three muddy ups and downs. There will be helping hands all around for any mud-mired mucker.
One big, swinging pair is never enough, so navigate nine huge ones over muddy pits. This is a bangin' photo op!
Tunnel of Love
No stopping for a smooch. Just crawl through and keep it PG-13, you dirty so-and-so. Hopefully you've been nice to your friends so they don't spin the tunnels on you too hard.
Shake & Quake
This no-hands water crossing over a mesh bridge will give you a serious case of the Jelly Legs. Sweet talk the volunteers or they may blast you with a special surprise from the muck cannon.
First, pass below through a tangled web of elasticized mayhem. Later, climb above and say Hello to our giant arachnid, Steve.
Hang on tight and test your strength over a half-moon lagoon. Watch for acrobatics from circus-minded muckers.
A zippy 35-foot zip-line stops short and ends with a spectacular splash. Tarzan yells expected. Loincloths optional.
Walk On Water
It's a bouncy hop, skip and a jump atop a floating, pontoon barrel bridge, and it makes you feel pretty awesome.
A big, muddy, slippery-slidey, up-and-down hill. Conquering it will take teamwork, a sense of humor, and a bit of elbow grease, whatever that is.
Make like a snake or squirm like a worm as you wriggle your way to daylight.
This is one slippery slope to a mucktacular water entry.
If your backside wasn't muddy before, it will be after you pull yourself through this mucky pit. Pro tip: shake out your shorts as you exit.
You'll love the view from the top of this high ropey summit. Meditate on your epic awesomeness.
Your stunt double dreams fulfilled! Take a flying leap then take a bow for fans and muddy minions.
Criss-crossing ropes above and below create a muck-tacular intersection in the middle of the water. Sorry, it's the traffic cop's day off.
Just like when you were a baby, except without the soiled drawers. Oh wait... never mind.
You did it! Try and cross arm-in-arm or hand-in-hand with your team. Strike a muck-heroic pose, take a bow, and wave to your squad or minions or gaggle of groupies. Give Puck the Muck Duck a rub for a world free of MS!
FURTHER COURSE DETAILS and FAQs
Do we know the depth of the muck before and after obstacles?
Most obstacles have water less than 4 feet deep. Obstacles over 5 feet will have lifeguards.
What if I can't complete an obstacle?
Safety is our top priority, so we would never ask you to do something you're uncomfortable with. You are free to walk around any obstacle you like without penalty.
What if I don't know how to swim?
We have lifeguards on all obstacles with water over 5 feet deep. If you don't feel comfortable taking on an obstacle, you are welcome to skip it.
What is the average time it takes to make it through the course?
This is totally dependent on the participant, but it takes most participants 45 to 90 minutes to complete the course.
MuckFest MS Chicago weather forecast
Possible light rain in the afternoon and evening.
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