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Race Across America: First Athlete With Type 1 Diabetes to Finish Solo With Diabetes Technology Support

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posted on 2022-02-17, 03:47 authored by Raimund Weitgasser, Helmuth Ocenasek, Susanne Fallwickl
Challenges for athletes with type 1 diabetes are numerous. To find the individual balance between energy intake and consumption and adequate insulin treatment without risking severe hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia is a demanding task. Nevertheless, people with type 1 diabetes are active in various sports, both individually and as members of teams (1,2). We report on the first athlete with type 1 diabetes ever to finish solo what is probably the hardest bicycle race worldwide—the Race Across America (RAAM). The U.S. race stretches from Oceanside, CA, to Annapolis, MD, over ~3,000 miles and 170,000 vertical feet and has to be finished within 12 days.