Don Muchow is in the business of breaking records, but it’s not in a way you might think.
The former Greenwood resident is what some might deem an “ultrarunner.” He’s taking this title to the max, and plans to make a transcontinental run this year. He wants to be the first person to run from Disneyland to Disney World.
In April 2019, he broke the world record for the fastest run across Texas, which was a daunting 850-mile trek. He completed the course in 27 days.
Muchow didn’t know that he’d broken the record when he finished the race. With weather delays and rest days, he thought he had fallen behind. However, someone told him on Facebook that he had broken the record, and when he submitted his evidence for the run, he was a world-record-holder.
“At the end of the run, because I didn’t know (I had broken the record), it was just a feeling of holding back exhaustion,” Muchow said. “Then with the actual discovery that I had broken the record ... I don’t know how I can describe it. It was like, ‘Oh, my God, I gotta sit down,’” he added with laughter.
Muchow is planning to run through Greenwood on his journey across the country.
“If I’m not delayed by injury or bad weather ... the target day of passing through Greenwood is April 9,” he said. “I’m taking a rest day in Greenwood and hoping to meet with the (cross-country) coach at (Greenwood High School) ... and some of the students.”
Muchow wants to take his rest day to catch up with some old friends and bring some inspiration to young runners.
“I’m very excited about the fact that some of my classmates from the class of ’79 are coming out to run a bit of it with me,” he said.
Muchow said that passion was a driving force in his decision to make the run. “I just kind of feel like there’s no turning back,” he said. “You don’t look back at where you’ve been; you don’t talk about what you didn’t do; you just talk about what the possibilities are.”
Muchow runs not only to keep his health in check but also to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1972.
“A lot of people tend to assume that if you have diabetes, you must have done it to yourself. And I guess it’s kind of the long way to the punch line, but I want to let those people in my past know that after 2,800 miles, I’m still going to be diabetic at the finish line,” he said.
His main goal is to give hope to those living with Type 1 diabetes.
“I wanted to set a positive example for people living with Type 1 diabetes that they don’t have to give up on physical activities just because of the fears of low blood sugar,” he said. “It’s hard to manage but not impossible.”
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