Hope team participating in Muck MS

Elaine Lawton will lead a team through a five-kilometre mud run in Chilliwack this Saturday

Elaine Lawton is training with nine other Hope residents for this Saturday’s Muck MS in Chilliwack

Elaine Lawton is celebrating her 50th birthday with a five-kilometre run through mud and obstacles this Saturday.

The Hope resident is participating in the first-ever Muck MS, in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, BC & Yukon Division, at Dicklands Farm in Chilliwack.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a personal challenge and I hope it’s a fun event,” said Lawton.

Beginner and experienced mud runners from across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will slog through five kilometres of road, hill, and forest trail made more challenging by a dozen man-made obstacles. The majority of Muck MS participants will take part in teams to complete the course in an average time of two hours. Joining Lawton’s team this weekend will be nine members of Hope’s Team FIT, who encouraged her to sign up for the event.

Lawton started training for Muck MS in June, running three times a week as part of Team FIT’s learn to run program. Training was sidetracked by a stress fracture in August, but her ankle has since healed.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for the support of the team,” she said, adding that Miranda Cowan and Brenda Deschenes have been instrumental in her training.

Supporting the MS Society is a cause that hits home for Lawton, who participates in the annual MS Walk in Hope and other fundraising events. Lawton was also diagnosed with the disease in June 2013.

“It’s in the early/mild stages and I’m not on any medication,” she said. “Sometimes my balance is affected, there’s tingling in my hands and feet, and fatigue. It’s not really changed my life, but you never know what the future holds. Being physically active is important to living with MS.”

According to the MS Society of Canada, this country has the highest rate of MS in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that 100,000 people in Canada have MS with three new people diagnosed every day.

The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. In B.C., programs include legal assistance, equipment provision, newly diagnosed presentations and information sessions.

The upcoming mud run website can be found at www.muckms.ca. For more information about MS or to make a donation, visit mssociety.ca/bc or call 1-800-268-7582.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fraser Cascade’s author talk will discuss potlatch history, education

Davidson’s history and education come together for informative presentation

Open house held to learn about Quran in Hope

Society brings religious text, open answers to Hope Recreation Centre

Abbotsford mosque gets online hate for exhibit on Jesus

Event meant to bring community together gets attacked teaching religous differences

Manning Park snowshoe trip planned for familes

Cambie Creek inviting for trekkers of all abilities

Homeless count is coming to the Fraser Valley to help track the numbers

Training Feb. 27 in Chilliwack to help volunteers adopt respectful and compassionate approach

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

VIDEO: Giants winning streak now stands at 11

Team erased a 5-2 deficit by scoring every five minutes

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

Most Read