Lowell Sun, Posted: 04/27/2014 08:40:12 AM EDT
By: Amelia Pak-Harvey
DEVENS — Pouring rain didn’t stop runners in this year’s MuckFest.
It made things better.
More than 5,000 people signed up to race in this weekend’s 5K obstacle course, where the main point is to get down and dirty. But the other major goal of “MuckFest MS,” which is held in major cities across the country, is to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Participants climbed their way over “Mt. Muckimanjaro,” jumped off a platform into a pool of muddy water, crawled through a “tunnel of love” and tackled more obstacles to get to the finish line. Last year, the Devens race raised more than $300,000.
Smeared with mud and soaking wet, teams high-fived one other and hugged at the finish line. Some wore hula skirts or colorful team shirts — but all wore “muck.”