The Type 1 Diabetes Run Across Texas
The Fastest-Known-Through (FKT) Time for Texas
The #T1Determined Type 1 Diabetes Run Across Texas began March 24, 2019 and ended April 20, 2019.
My time on this solo 850-mile route set the fastest-known-time record for a run across Texas. This run was the longest single-state crossing possible within the continental United States. Of the fifty states, only Alaska is bigger than Texas.
I ran every step of it myself, sometimes in the company of friends from the active Type 1 diabetic and running communities, with my wife driving the crew van stocked with water, food, sunscreen and all the other essentials -- plus insulin, glucagon and all my supplies for my Tandem t:slim X2 insulin pump, Dexcom G6 continuous blood glucose monitor, Contour Next Link meter and a LOT of Skin Tac and Nexcare waterproof bandages to keep stuff attached no matter how much I sweated. Which was a lot.
The route covered approximately 850 miles, 28 Texas counties and 108 towns from El Paso (not counting ghost town Metcalf Gap) and the Chihuahuan Desert on the western border of Texas, through the oilfields in the Permian Basin, to the Piney Woods of east Texas and my final destination in Texarkana, on the border between Texas and Arkansas.
The Finish: April 20, 2019
The Route from El Paso to Texarkana
GPS History and Race Report: The Type 1 Diabetes Run Across Texas
Click GPS Track and filter for Custom Date Range: 03/24/2019 7:00 AM to 04/20/2019 4:00 PM. To see the Race Report, click Race Report.
There are two gaps in the record during which I accidentally left the tracker off: just outside Odessa and going through Weatherford. I'm happy to provide other corroborating evidence of completion (GPS watch track, timestamped selfies at landmarks) upon request.