June 18, 2014 at 9:13 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The New Jersey Muckfest, set for Saturday, June 21, is a sold-out spectacular that will raise a ruckus and "make a musses" of its participants as they raise research money for multiple sclerosis. To date, Muckfests across the country have raised nearly $18 million to help find a cure for MS and this Saturday's West Orange event at South Mountain Reservation promises to be another winner for the organization.
What's Muckfest? Muckfest is a 5K obstacle course that consists of running, swinging, sloshing, climbing, jumping, and lots of mud. Watch out for muddy pits, trenches, craters, and more. There will be at least 15 obstacles throughout the course. The Muckfest website also notes that 100 percent of fundraising dollars go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune neurological disease that affects the central nervous system and the myelin sheath covering the nerves. As the disease eats away at the myelin sheath various physical symptoms manifest: tremors, loss of vision, paralysis, difficulty swallowing, and more.
The disease is chronic, often disabling, and affects individuals differently. Many people go into 'remission' for long periods of time where the disease does not progress, and some experience nothing but progression. Women are two to three times more likely to get MS, and the disease affects over 2 million people worldwide.
There will be a special section for children, called "Lil Muckers," and there is no charge for them to do what they do best: get dirty. Refreshments, including food, beer, and soda, will be available for sale in the "MuckFestival" area. The event will be held rain or shine.
West Orange residents are advised to plan accordingly for travel as the area in and around South Mountain Recreation Complex will experience more traffic during the event.
For more information on parking and the event itself, go to the Muckfest website at:
To see a video of last year's South Mountain Reservation Muckfest, go to: http://youtu.be/Pqg9NbcS2r4. (Video credit, Patrick Sutherland, Vidoovy.)