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Muckers raise money for MS

Competitors take on the first obstacle, Triple Pits, at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 1 / 17
A team of clean tutus prior to running in the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 2 / 17
Three members of team Mudder Muckers got all gussied up for the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 3 / 17
The first wave of muckers hit course at 9 a.m. Saturday morning for the MuckFest MS Twin Cities held Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 4 / 17
Hundreds of competitors head out in the first wave at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater to raise money for MS research. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 5 / 17
Lending a helping hand is all part of the fun of competing in the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 6 / 17
Staying on your feet in knee-deep mud is the challenge at Big Balls one of the obstacles muckers encountered at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 7 / 17
A Lil’ Mucker shows some promise in the playlot at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 8 / 17
A Lil’ Mucker seems right at home in the playlot at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 9 / 17
A Lil’ Mucker shows no fear sliding face first into the mud at MuckFest. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 10 / 17
Staying on your feet in knee-deep mud is the challenge at Big Balls one of the obstacles muckers encountered at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 11 / 17
A competitor takes on Skid Mark one of the obstacles near the end of the course at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 12 / 17
A mucker celebrates after surviving the Belly Crawl at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 13 / 17
Competitors take on Skid Mark with the finish line in sight at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 14 / 17
Who would have thought mud could make folks so happy. A team celebrates at the finish line of the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 15 / 17
A team of smiling tutus got a little muddy while raising money for MS research at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K Saturday. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 16 / 17
Muckers get a chance to clean off at the Swing Set obstacle Saturday at the MuckFest MS Twin Cities 5K held at the Somerset Amphitheater. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 17 / 17

MuckFest MS Twin Cities took place at the Somerset Amphitheater Music and Event Center (715 Spring St.) Saturday, Aug. 2 in Somerset.

The motto “Bring it. Run it. Muck it.” describes the event to a tee. The event, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is a 5K course full of mud that takes participants through roughly 19 obstacles that spin, swing and fling people around, according to the event website. The course takes roughly 45-90 minutes to complete, on average. If the names of the obstacles are any indication, participants are in for a wild ride: Tunnel of Love, Spill Hill, Slither and Skid Mark are just a few.

“We operate on ‘the more, the muckier,’” the website reads. “So invite your friends and family to join you in the hilarious spills and thrills. To get the most out of your MuckFest MS experience, you should start a team or join a team. When you slosh through the mud or take on one of the outrageous obstacles, you’ll want someone to laugh with and to give you a hand up.”

There was also a specially designed “mucky playlot” for children ages 5-11 called Lil’ Muckers. Spectators were welcome to watch family and friends take a stab at the course free of charge.

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