Texan runs across Iowa along Relay Iowa route

Don Muchow and Brayden Schuster walk west of Auburn June 4. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

Just west of Auburn on Highway 175, Don Muchow of Texas met Brayden Schuster of Fort Dodge.

Schuster, 10, the grandson of Joe and Sally Kangley of Rockwell City, has Type 1 diabetes, but that doesn’t pose much of an obstacle, he said. “I can do everything I did when I didn’t have diabetes,” Schuster said.

As he walked on June 4 with Muchow, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the early 1970s, the two discussed what kind of insulin pump they use and everything else they could find that they had in common. Schuster’s comment on how little diabetes affects his life is the kind of outcome Muchow hopes to help more people experience, and he’s trying to help diabetics achieve that result through the example he sets with his long-distance runs.

Last week, Muchow tackled the Relay Iowa course – 339 miles from Sioux City to Dubuque – without the benefit of a relay team. One of his goals, he said, was to show just how much exercise someone with the disease can do. His successes as an extreme long distance runner come despite the bad advice of doctors during his childhood.

Read more in the June 13 edition.