Diabetic man runs from Disneyland to Disney World

Don Muchow outside walt disney world holding balloons
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If we told you a 59-year-old man completed a run between Disneyland in California to Walt Disney World in Florida you would probably think we were taking the ‘Mickey’, but that is exactly what a Texas resident achieved earlier this month.

Don Muchow has Type 1 diabetes, he is insulin-dependent, it makes the story even more unbelievable when you hear the Ironman completed the 2,845 mile distance to raise awareness about his condition.

But he became the first person to achieve such a trek on April 5.

Speaking to News 6 Muchow said: "A little lightbulb went on in my head and I said 'I don't think anyone's ever done that — let's go look it up,' and no one had. So to me it made it special, to kind of help fulfill a dream of his and it's always been a dream of mine to run across the country.”

He was first diagnosed with diabetes in 1973, as the years progressed Muchow was concerned low levels of glucose would limit his exercise routines after being cautioned to take it easy by doctor orders.

But in the early 2000’s being fifty pounds overweight he knew he had to take matters into his own hands so he gradually started training for a 5k run.

Muchow said: “Much to my surprise, I did not die or end up in the ER. I started to believe that anything was possible, if I sweated the T1 details.

"Many of us, you know, want to be active, we want to be healthy, want to avoid complications, but there are complications to avoiding complications, and I wanted to help people who were living with the disease see that there are safe ways to do even epic things."

For advice and support on diabetes visit the Diabetes UK website.