Man Who Ran From Disneyland to Disney World Gets Royal Greeting

in Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World

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Credit: Disney

If you are a fan of runDisney, we have the most epic Disney marathon story to tell you!

Don Muchow
Credit: Don Muchow

We have been tracking the story of Don Muchow, a marathon runner who chose to run across the country from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness and money for Type 1 diabetes.

Don Muchow began his run in 2020, but due to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic, he had to take a few pauses on his journey across the country. Well, once he arrived in Disney World, Cast Members were waiting to give him a magical greeting for his fantastic accomplishment of running across the country. Disney Parks Blog stated:

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!”

Don Muchow
Credit: Don Muchow (OC register)

Don specifically said that once he arrived in Disney World, he wanted to go to Magic Kingdom and ride “it’s a small world”, and it is fantastic to see that Cast Members not only ensured that goal was met but gave him the entrance he deserved filled with applause.

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Now that Don has reached Orlando, he is officially the first person to have ever run from Disneyland to Disney World —  quite an impressive feat for the 59-year-old who has been giving himself insulin shots daily! Don accomplished what seemed to be the impossible by running miles a day, eating 4000 calories a day to fuel himself, and sleeping about 7 hours each night. He ran from sunrise to sunset — including when it rains.

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It was great to see that once he arrived at The Most Magical Place on Earth, both Don and his wife, who has been following Don as he ran in a van, were able to enjoy Disney World after over a year of trying to complete this run, even in the most difficult of circumstances during this pandemic.

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Let’s also not forget that it was not just Don and his wife that traveled the country, but plush mascot, Coco, as well!

Don ran with a mascot that Disney helped to create! Coco, the diabetic monkey, is a plush toy with a miniature insulin pump, blood sugar monitor, and emergency alert bracelet. Disney even has a branded website dedicated to the cause and provides books about Coco to newly diagnosed kids to help them learn about all the things they can do despite Type 1 diabetes.

Don Muchow
Credit: Don Muchow

Would you ever try to run from Disney World to Disneyland?

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