Cincinnati area residents get dirty for charity

August 2, 2013 by  

Saturday, July 27, was rainy in Mason, Ohio, a town about 20 miles from Cincinnati, and folks there were happy about it.

That was the day of the MuckFest MS, an event held to benefit research into Multiple Sclerosis. It comprised 20 obstacles designed to get participants in a fine mess.

It took the form of an obstacle course, five miles long, littered with craters, pits, and trenches filled with mud. The rain helped to keep things nice and messy and brought out thousands of participants from across the area.

Rich Walburg, who is with the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, noted that most of the time people hope for sunny weather for sporting events but, in this case, the rain added to the fun. Cheering the competitors on was Channel 9 anchor Tanya O’Rourke, who was also a participant. She said the others were the real pros and she was going to watch them carefully to make sure she didn’t “die out there.”

After the event, the “muckers” enjoyed live entertainment, a cold beverage, and some food. No doubt they will consider the best news of all to be that MuckFest raised $50,000 for research.

Event organizers have an opportunity to work with printers on two projects; they could consult with flyer printing experts to create a mailer to area residents describing the fun everyone had this year and suggesting they put next year’s event on their calendar. They could then create a second piece to mail close to the 2014 race, to remind area residents about it.