Mucker Q&A – Todd Garten, Team Doin’ it for Deb Garten, MuckFest MS St. Louis
Meet Todd Garten, one of our awesome muckers from MuckFest MS St. Louis. With the help of his teammates on Team Doin’ it for Deb Garten, Todd raises awareness and funds for the National MS Society to honor his mother. Todd shares that his mom was a fighter and, if she were alive, she would be doing all she could to raise money and awareness for MS.
MuckFest MS: What made you decide to initially register for MuckFest MS?
Todd: I am a runner and am always looking for new and different races. I had never done a mud fun run and that alone made me want to do it, but when I learned that the event raised awareness and funds for the National MS Society, I was sold!
MuckFest MS: Why do you support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society?
Todd: My mom had multiple sclerosis and lost her battle with the disease in November of 2002. She was only 49 and just two weeks away from her 50th birthday. Before she died, mom was such an advocate for the National MS Society, and recently I decided it was time I took up her torch. I personally don’t have a great deal of money, but I know that when I do my part, I make a difference.
MuckFest MS: When was your first MuckFest MS event, and why do you continue to get mucky with us?
Todd: My first MuckFest MS was last year’s event in 2013. It was a blast! I was able to assemble a team of five to fundraise and conquer the mud and obstacles with me. It was so much fun coming together on the day of the event, putting on our team shirts, and walking around the festival before the race started. Everyone had a great time getting mucky and laughing at each other as we slipped and slid through the course. I will be back this summer in St. Louis to do it all over again. This event is run so well, and the obstacles are really well thought out. Not only that, but 100% of the money raised goes to the National MS Society to help find a cure for this disease, and I know that would make my mom so happy. Just like the name of our MuckFest MS team, I continue to get mucky each year because I’m “Doin’ it for Deb Garten“.
Todd will share more with us before the St. Louis event, so check back to hear how his training and fundraising are going!