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Portland Fire Gets Muddy for Multiple Sclerosis

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Last weekend, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society put on a Warrior-Style event called the Mud Run MS at the Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center.

What set this event apart from most obstacle-course type runs was the distance. The Mud Run MS was 6.2 miles (10k) and had 30 different obstacles. The mud/water depth was different from each obstacle to the next, mostly ranging from one to four feet deep. All water/mud-based obstacles over two feet had lifeguards on duty.

The Portland Hosedraggers successfully finish the race, running across the finish line as a team after running and conquering obsticles for just over an hour and forty minutes

A team of seven Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) civilian employees, friends, firefighters, and Chiefs wouldn’t wait to participate in the run, signing up for the event months in advance. 


PF&R Battalion Chief Terry Murno competes biennially at the World Firefighters Games, a major sporting event for firefighters across the globe.  Munro has placed in “The Toughest Firefighter Alive competition,” an event testing firefighters in a range of firefighting specific competitions in order to discover who the "Toughest Firefighter Alive" is. Even so, Munro was challenged with the Mud Run’s military style course.

Munro notes, “The Mud Run is a great way to raise funds to support MS research and services.”

PF&R’s team finished the event in just over one hour, forty minutes, and raised $600 for the MS Society on top of registration fees. The team is excited to expand membership and better their finishing time and fundraising amounts next year.

More About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. Learn more on National Multiple Sclerosis official website at

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