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The #T1Determined Run Across America
February-May 2020

The Plan: Run Across America—Solo.

On Saturday, February 1, 2020 I head east from Newport Beach, CA, running 2832 miles in less than 100 days and planning to reach the Florida Space Coast in May, supported by my wife/crew chief driving our van.

I hope to make the fastest T1D crossing to date—and I also hope to complete the first EVER solo run by anyone from Disneyland to Disneyworld. Here's my route.

To put that into perspective, only a few hundred people have ever run across the United States ocean-to-ocean since 1918, the first year there were roads actually going all the way across the USA. Many still use the remnants of the 100-year-old Bankhead Highway / Dixie Overland Highway for transcontinental runs, as it was the first all-season transcontinental highway.

Only two type 1 diabetics are known to have done it: Doug Masiuk ran 3400 miles across the US from May 20, 2012 to December 23, 2012. Five years later, 10-year old Noah Barnes and his family walked 4240 miles from Key West to Blaine WA between January 1, 2017 and December 9, 2017, setting the record for the youngest person to run across the US on foot.

Along the way, we'll pass photo-worthy landmarks often overlooked on road trips: the Pacific Coast, Rice CA's "shoe fence" and faraway-to-everywhere sign, Vidal Junction CA's "last chance gas"; Phoenix and Scottsdale's famous spas; the desolation of Arizona's Mojave and Sonoran deserts; El Paso's alligator sculptures; abandoned motels, cafes, and bus stations in west Texas; Guadalupe Pass; the potassium mines and uranium enrichment facilities of southern New Mexico; Lorraine TX's surreal abandoned downtown (with mature trees growing up through old storefronts); Sulphur Springs TX's glass restrooms and Monty Python Silly Walks crosswalk; the small-town charm of southern Arkansas; Leland MS, "birthplace" of Kermit the Frog; BB King's hometown of Itta Bena MS and location of the famous railroad "crossroads"; rural Alabama's roadside scrap-metal, pecan, and fruit stands; Florida's fish camps; Dunnellon FL's statue of the Blues Brothers; and the only pedestrian safe roads into the Magic Kingdom (hint: it's near cast parking), finishing at the beach at Indialantic / Melbourne.

It promises to be one heck of a trip.

I'll run through 9 states and 388 towns.

Here's where we'll stop.

(As the date gets closer, we'll post a live satellite tracking link to Don's GPS beacon.)

Corona CA

El Casco CA

Palm Springs CA

Coachella CA

Mecca CA

Desert Center CA

CA-62&177, Mojave Desert

Vidal CA

Parker AZ

Bouse AZ

Salome AZ

Tonopah AZ

Buckeye AZ

Komatke AZ

Maricopa AZ

Eloy AZ

Tucson AZ

Green Valley AZ

Nogales AZ

Sonoita AZ

Tombstone AZ

Douglas AZ

Apache AZ

Animas NM

Hachita NM

Columbus NM

NM-9 & A-005 NM

El Paso TX

Hueco Tanks TX

Cornudas TX

Salt Flat TX

TX / NM Border

Carlsbad NM

Halfway NM

Eunice NM

Andrews TX

Tarzan TX

Big Spring TX

Colorado City TX

Sweetwater TX

Tye / Abilene TX

Baird TX

Eastland TX

Strawn TX

Mineral Wells TX

Lakeside TX

Grapevine TX

Wylie TX

Greenville TX

Sulphur Springs TX

Mt Pleasant TX

Dalby Springs / Ward Creek TX

Texarkana TX

Lewisville AR

Magnolia AR

El Dorado AR

Crossett AR

Montrose AR

Greenville MS

Indianola MS

Greenwood MS

Winona MS

Eupora MS

Starkville MS

Columbus MS

Reform AL

Tuscaloosa AL

Centreville AL

Billingsley AL

Montgomery AL

Troy AL

Ozark AL

Dothan AL

Jakin GA

Bainbridge GA

Tallahassee FL

Waukeenah FL

Perry FL

Tennille FL

Chiefland FL

Dunnellon FL

Bushnell FL

Clermont FL

Walt Disney World / Orlando FL

St. Cloud FL

Melbourne FL