Marathon runner Don Muchow made history by being the first person to run from Disneyland to Walt Disney World. Muchow, 59, has Type 1 diabetes and decided to run to raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes.
Muchow began his journey on Feb. 1, 2020. He planned to spend 90 days running, but the COVID-19 pandemic stopped him in his tracks–twice.
Muchow’s wife, Leslie followed him in a van, packed with all the supplies a coast-to-coast runner would need. He also had a mascot named Coco that accompanied him. Disney helped create the plush animal Coco, the diabetic monkey. On April 5, 2021 Muchow arrived at Walt Disney World where Melissa Valiquette, the Vice President of the park, greeted him. Disney cast members were also waiting to give the Muchows a magical greeting, a Mickey ice cream bar and they were also treated to a ride on “It’s a Small World.”
Muchow accomplished his goal of completing the marathon by eating enough food to keep himself fueled and getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. He ran from sunrise to sunset, even in the rain. The distance he ran was over 2,800 miles.
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