Meet the Muckers: 2018 Edition

Kyle Krajewski
May 23, 2018

Hello Friends!

As many of you know, a core value here at ChatterBlast Media is community. We’re passionate about the work that we do and equally passionate about helping others when we have the chance.

That’s why every year we host a variety of fundraising events over bowls of soup and games of flip cup so #TeamChatterBlast can participate in two major National MS Society initiatives: the City to Shore Bike Ride and, this year, MuckFest MS. Because of these events – and your help – we’ve raised well over $100,000 for the organization.

But it’s never enough! Roughly 2.5 million people across the world deal with multiple sclerosis every day and unfortunately there is still no cure.

So until there is one, we’ll be getting down and dirty in this mud run every year and shakin’ you down to share a little cash for the cause. It’s a good one and worthy of your support.

If you are kind enough to make a donation to #TeamChatterBlast, you can do so on our team page right here.

You can also donate to the individual team members – which we would highly recommend. We always love a little friendly competition to see who can raise the most.

Here’s a rundown of who’s muckin’ in 2018 – and how you can contribute to their fundraising.

Matthew Ray

Matt looks forward to MuckFest every year, because he loves getting dirty for a good cause. And he gets filthy. That mud is unrelenting. And frankly, He’s a clumsy and confused man with bad knees so every point to fall, trip, or slide – he does.  Last year, he had to be hosed down for a good half hour before you could actually tell who he was.

It’s muddy. It’s a lot of fun. And it supports one of the most worthy organizations and causes in the country. Matt will continue to make mud pies with the mud pack, until we have kicked MS’s ass.  Please consider supporting Matt or his wonderful colleagues below who will probably carry him over the finish line.

You can donate to Matt’s run here.

Evan Urbania

Evan, along with Matt, has been supporting the fight against MS longer than anyone on the team and is one of the organization’s top local fundraisers year after year. While he’d probably still rather be doing so through the annual MS City to Shore Bike Ride or something (anything) a little more… sanitary… he’s more than happy to take one for the team and play in the mud if it means supporting this cause that is near and dear to his heart.

You can donate to Evan’s run here.

David Schimpf

Currently the youngest of the Muckers, most of the team is under the assumption that Drexel Co-op David is probably among the most athletic and will finish the race first. We’ll see though. Don’t let us down, David!

You can donate to David’s run here.

Ryan Olah

Being Ryan’s first run, he’s a bit reluctant to participate given all of the… ya know… physical effort required. And, of course, the fact that you finish the race looking like that dude at the end of Shawshank Redemption. If anything, you should donate to Ryan’s cause to show him that all of this is truly worth his time.

You can donate to Ryan’s run here.

Jackie Kollar

Jackie is looking forward to this year’s MuckFest both because she finds it rewarding to help those in need within the local community, AND it’s the only mud run, or any run for that matter, that she can officially say she’s completed.

Oh – and one more thing – watching her colleagues go through the big balls is what she calls one of the more memorable moments of her life. She can’t wait to see this again.

You can donate to Jackie’s run here.

Gianna Leto

Uncoordinated and unathletic, you can find Gianna avoiding any obstacle that may cause her to exert too much energy. However, that doesn’t stop her from getting down and dirty for a good cause. The mud is no match for her and neither is MS!

You can donate to Gianna’s run here.

Anaïs Cooper-Hackman

Like most of the gang, Anaïs is coming back to run in MuckFest for her second year in a row – despite suffering a significant number of bumps and bruises in year one. Probably more than most. But she’s a tough cookie and not one to let a few slips and falls stop her from supporting the fight against MS.

You can donate to Anaïs’ run here.

Valerie Hoke

Not usually one for getting closely acquainted with the natural wonders of the outside world (i.e. mud), Valerie is more than willing to get a little grubby for a cause as good as this one. Last year, she even patched up a scrape from the second obstacle with nothing but mud itself! She was happy to report that despite MuckFest involving a little bit of blood and a whole lot of sweat, there was at least a total absence of tears.

You can donate to Valerie’s run here.

Kyle Krajewski

Kyle’s tall and lanky frame is both a blessing and curse when it comes to competing in the annual MuckFest mud run. On certain obstacles you’ll find him stepping over pits and slithering through skinny spaces, but when it comes time to duck or do something relatively coordinated (see above), you can bet you’ll finding him crashing into the mud.

The latter doesn’t bother him much, considering it’s all for a good cause.

You can donate to Kyle’s run here.

Shivani Desai

Not only is Shivani running this race, but she is literally carrying another human being with her the entire way. That’s right. Baby on board. There’s something to be said for that type of effort and commitment to her team’s success.

You can donate to Shivani’s run here.

Grace Stasky

As you’ll see above, Grace (despite her name) is not so graceful. But she cares about making a difference by helping people with MS. As her head hits the spinning wheel and falls in to 20-foot mud water, she remembers that others have it much worse. This will be her second year running in MuckFest and certainly won’t be her last.

You can donate to Grace’s run here.

Hopefully, now that you’re a little more familiar with #TeamChatterBlast, you’ll feel a little more inclined to help us raise some funds and kick MS’s ass.

See you at the finish line!