Muck Ruckus 2012 Wrap: 6 Miles Through the Mud PHOTOS

Muck Ruckus 2012 Wrap: 6 Miles Through the Mud PHOTOS

We got dirty on Saturday.

The 2012 Muck Ruckus MS Philly went off without a hitch this weekend out in Newtown Square where over 4,200 runners took on the gauntlet of goofy obstacles and aromatic mud to help raise both money and awareness for the National MS Society.

The700Level team showed up a bit nervous to take on the course for the first time, but after a couple of faces full of mud, the anxiety all turned into smiles. Well, smiles with plenty of sweat and really sore muscles. [photo gallery below]

In addition to the 4,200 people who ran in the race over Saturday and Sunday, another 300 volunteered to help out over the two day event and over $600,000 was raised for the MS Society.

You can see our photo gallery of many of the obstacles here. Some of them were fun and easy like the see-saw and the slide into the big mud pit at the finish, while others were brutal like crawling through a thicker mud pit commando style, or walking through a make shift pond that was as warm as a bath. And the moving rope swing over the mud pond pictured below? Good luck with that one.

Huge thanks to the Megan, Emmet, Caroline, Mike Y, Dan, and everyone else who made Saturday a really fun day.

You can already sign up to participate in the 2013 race. Two things we'll have for next year: more teammates and team t-shirts. We weren't hip to the t-shirts this year, but there were some great team unis. The Dirty Milfs were quite popular. My favorite was a guy whose shirt simply said "Slow and Dirty." Sounds about right.

See you next year?

[PHOTO GALLERY: The700Level runs the 2012 Muck Ruckus MS Philly]

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Video: Here's a fun video someone else put together of the event.

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Between recent wins and Joel Embiid’s All-Star push, fans are buying their Sixers gear.

According to Fanatics.com, a sports apparel website partnered with the four major sports, the Sixers rank fourth among all NBA teams in total merchandise sales over the past seven days. The Warriors, Cavaliers and Bulls are ahead of them.

Joel Embiid was the fifth-best selling player over that period. His popularity has risen during his enthusiastic All-Star campaign, which included celebrity shoutouts and an outpour of social media activity. Embiid is now up to 553,000 Twitter followers.

The Sixers have ranked in the league’s top 10 of merchandise sales since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. They hold the largest year-over-year increase during that time frame in the NBA this season.

In September, Ben Simmons ranked in the top 10 of NBA players in merchandise sales since draft night.

Sales from the Sixers' and NBA's official online stores are included in these statistics.

Sixers clicking just in time to face surging Raptors on Wednesday

Sixers clicking just in time to face surging Raptors on Wednesday

The Sixers are clicking just in time to face their toughest competition in over a month. The Raptors (28-13) come to Philadelphia as the Sixers have won six of their last eight games by holding one another accountable and taking each outing step-by-step.

“You feel like the group is coming together,” Brett Brown said. “You feel like all the work that we have put in is starting to pay dividends in relation to a solid foundation.”

The Raptors sit second in the Eastern Conference, just one and a half games behind the Cavaliers. The last time they met, the Raptors beat the Sixers 123-114 on Dec. 14 at the Wells Fargo Center.

A lot has changed since then, especially the rotations. Brown started Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor together against the Raptors, an experiment that waned out after six games. The Sixers have found a formula to winning with an established starting lineup and a consistent second unit, with the added experience of Gerald Henderson and Nerlens Noel. They will be tested Wednesday as both Joel Embiid (illness) and T.J. McConnell (wrist) are questionable.

“When you look at this team, it’s a lot of talent but we didn’t play as a team,” Ilyasova said of the start of the season. “Now we come together. I think it’s all about the chemistry, we trust each other.”

The Sixers are looking to carry over the momentum of a 113-104 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday. They got a test of All-Star caliber talent against Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom they held to two points in the second half. The Sixers will have their hands full with the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry (22.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists).

One key to countering talent like that placing an importance on accountability. The players are not letting each other off the hook for mistakes on the court, regardless of who the opponent is.

“I could see it over the past couple weeks, guys coming out here and being more vocal on both ends of the court,” Noel said. “If one guy messes up, you’ve got to let him know so it won’t be a recurring thing. With that, guys are taking steps in the right direction, both leadership roles because everybody on this team can be a leader in their own way.”

The Raptors come in on a four-game winning streak.