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Chicago Illinois MuckFest 2019

August 17, 2019

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 E. Peterson Rd., Libertyville, IL, United States

Use discount code MUDRUNGUIDE for $5 off your registration


August 17, 2019

Add to Calendar 08/17/2019 09:00 AM 08/17/2019 11:00 AM Chicago Illinois MuckFest 2019 MuckFest MS
Lake County Fairgrounds
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Libertyville, IL, United States MuckFest MS use-title true MM/DD/YYYY

Race Start Time:

The first wave/start time is at 9:00 a.m., and then every 20 minutes throughout the day.
Approximately 10 to 14 days before the event, we will manually assign specific wave/start times, doing everything possible to keep teams together and starting at the same time.


Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 E. Peterson Rd.
Libertyville, IL, United States - View Map

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Use discount code MUDRUNGUIDE for $5 off your registration


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Cost & Pricing:

Individual CostUntil
$105On-Site Registration

Registration fee does not include a processing fee for credit card handling, processing and insurance; and is subject to change. This processing fee will be added to your total charge at the completion of registration.

What You Get / What's Included:

  • MuckFest MS T-Shirt
  • Free Event Photos
  • 1 Free Beer
  • Race Bib
  • Free Parking
  • MuckFestival & Lil Muckers Admission


Course Description:

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.
Runners are encouraged to form teams and conquer the mud with friends. After crossing the finish line, they’ll celebrate together in the MuckFestival area with a free beer and snacks, while rehashing their muddy shenanigans. Spectators are free, and so is their front-row seat for the Start, Finish and several signature obstacles. Even the little ones get their own muddy play area called Lil’ Muckers.

Some of the obstacles you might encounter include:
Trip Pits - Three muddy ups and downs to get your heart pumping. This obstacle is the pits. (Sorry about that.)
Balance Beam - Unbalanced muckers can walk around it and shout out something dirty.
Walk on Water - It's a glorious feeling, but time your steps carefully or you'll Gene Kelly your way into the drink. A mucker favorite!
Spider Web (Under) - What's your hurry, my friend? Stretchy ropes and mud below, while muckers climb above.
Big Balls - When one big, swinging pair is not enough. How about 9 gigantic balls swinging over 4 mucky trenches? Top photo op for friends and family.
Tunnel of Love (Over) - When you throw a leg over it, there's a lot of friction -- that's all we're gonna say about it.
Slither - SSSSSSSSSo mucky! The dark tarp is there so that your friends don't laugh too hard watching you crawl, serpent-like, through the gooey muck.
Skootch - Hip-thrusting hilarity, this obstacle is banned in three states and officially frowned upon in six others.
MuckSlide Spa - Why spend a muck-load at a fancy-nancy spa when you have this muckslide and mudbath? Bring your own cucumber slices.
Tight Rope - A real stretch. Okay, we're just gonna say it, our vertically-challenged muckers find this one especially difficult...and wet.
Rat Run - Inspired by a sobriety test used in rural England in the 60s, this Rat Run requires focus and balance.
Fun to be a Fireman - A long pole and gravity. All you need to do is jump off and yell “Talley-ho” or whatever firemen yell.
Teeter Totter - A math lesson: Teeter (to move unsteadily) + Totter (to tremble or rock as if about to fall) = Irrational Fun!
The Thunderstorm - This is what basic training would be like if Alfred Hitchcock was the drill instructor.
Shake a Leg - This obstacle used to be called “Holy Smokes That Ropey Thing's Really High.” Boy, did our old copywriter suck.
The Spinner - This one will make you yearn for your leopard skin loincloth. Howling and beating your chest are expected, and applauded.
The Dragon Crawl - Whether you go over or under the logs, you're getting wet, my friend.
Muck Off - The sensation of leaping off into a deep pit of muddy water is one best shared with friends, screaming friends, that is.
Steeple Chase - According to our staff psychiatrist, it's quite normal to neigh and whinny while striding over these. Consult a physician if you start sticking your head in a bag to eat.
Oh Crap! - Inspired by what muckers shout when they see the slanted wall, tiny hand-grips and the muddy pit below.
Swing Set - What your elementary school forbade you to do, we encourage. Mucky glory awaits. This one is a great photo op for your legion of fans.
Tunnel of Love (Under) - You've straddled it on the outside, now it's time to go through it, you dirty so-and-so.
Spider Web (Over) - Heads up for our early runners: our giant arachnid Fred is really hungry in the morning.
Belly Crawl - Just like when you were a baby, except without the soiled drawers, oh wait...never mind.

Aid Stations:

Yes, there will be two hydration and first aid stations along the course as well as medical personnel stationed at the MuckFestival Area.


Commit to raise at least $250 to support the National MS Society and your MuckFest MS registration is free.


Prizes to teams who raise the most money


There’s no admission fee for spectators, so your friends and family are welcome and encouraged to come with you and your team. Believe us, you’ll want witnesses! For all events the MuckFestival area will afford spectators with great views of the obstacles for mucktacular photo opportunities.
The Start and Finish lines and several awesome obstacles encircle the MuckFestival area, so your friends and family can have a front row seat for all the spills and thrills, that’s if they don’t join you in the fun.


Free Parking

Post Party:

After getting dirty on the course, participants shower off and meet up with guests to celebrate in the MuckFestival area. It's a party with beer, soda, food, games, and a mucky toast or two.


100% of the fundraising dollars go to the National MS Society.

Participants must be over the age of 12 on the day of the event. Participants who are 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The ratio of guardian to minor-aged runners is 1 to 3. The free Lil' Muckers area is designed for kids ages 5 to 11.
Get ready for some unforgettable photo opportunities when you let the lil' muckers loose in our free mucky playground space at MuckFest MS. Just like the older muckers, the kids can slip and slide their way through some thoroughly mucky obstacles. We'll supply the muck and the water, but don’t forget a towel and a change of clothes to clean up the lil’ muckers after they’re done.
There is no charge for admittance to the Lil' Muckers area, but a parent or guardian will need to complete and sign a waiver and be present to supervise while the child is inside the Lil' Muckers area.

There is a hose off area and gear check area
We have a Key Check area that uses a tag from your registration bib to identify your belongings. We have limited space in Key Check, so please only bring what is absolutely necessary to store. We recommend you leave the rest of your belongings either in the car or with a spectator.
Most obstacles have water less than 4 feet deep. Obstacles over 5 feet will have lifeguards.
If you don't feel comfortable taking on an obstacle, you are welcome to skip it.
There are separate tented changing areas for male and female muckers for after the race
Runners should wear closed-toe sneakers only; no cleats of any kind are permitted. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting mucky! You should wear clothes that won't restrict your movement and will provide protection as you move through the obstacles. Pants or shorts are acceptable. Many muckers wear thin work or athletic gloves to better grip obstacles and ropes.


The Top 3 Reasons to Join or Start a Team

1. It’s funner on a team. Yeah, we know it’s “more fun.” But really, hands down, the best way to experience the non-stop spills and thrills of MuckFest MS is with your very own team.

2. Unlike flash mobs, it only takes two people to start a MuckFest MS team. Whether it’s a friend, family member or even that mud-curious guy in the next cubicle, you only need one other mucker to start a team. You’re welcome!

3. Oh, the rewards. As if being on a team isn’t reward enough, we have mucktacular team rewards and on-event surprises and competitions for teams. If you’re not on a team, you’re out of muck.

Coupons / Discount Codes:

Please see our obstacle course race discount & promotion page for all the latest discounts, promos, promotions, discount codes, and coupon codes for Chicago Illinois MuckFest 2019. There also may be one listed at the top of this page.

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