Disney welcomes runner who ran from Disneyland to Disney World

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Disneyland to Disney World run

Disney Parks Blog recognizes Don Muchow for his Type 1 Diabetes awareness run from Disneyland to Disney World. In an article posted by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks he goes onto share the story of Don and what happened when he arrived after his grueling and amazing 2,761-Mile-Long Journey.

When the first person to ever run from Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World Resort recently crossed the finish line at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, Disney cast members celebrated the extraordinary accomplishment with some extra-special magic!

Related: Keeping Diabetes Under Control at the Parks

As Don finally reached Magic Kingdom Park, Disney cast members applauded and cheered. The 59-year-old said it was “surreal” to finish and he celebrated at Walt Disney World Resort by enjoying a popular Mickey Mouse ice cream bar and a ride on his favorite attraction – “it’s a small world!”

Type 1 Diabetes run

Don Muchow, who says he and his wife are “huge Disney fans” combined his love of the parks with ultrarunner and Ironman training to complete the 2,761 mile-long journey from Resort to Resort in an effort to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes.  Don began the record-breaking run last February and typically logged in more than 30 miles a day – always with an eye on finishing at Cinderella Castle.

Related: Ask a Disney Question: Dining Options for People with Diabetes.

While at Magic Kingdom Park, Don, who is a Type 1 diabetic, met a Disney cast member whose daughter has Type 1 diabetes and others who shared stories about family members.  The challenge was part of Don’s Run Across America mission to empower people with Type 1 diabetes. 

Don continued his run onto the Atlantic coast, just to say he did ocean to ocean run at the same time.

For more information on Type 1 Diabetes please check these links.



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