Marathon Team Spotlight: Martin Hughes


Beyond Type Run, a program of Beyond Type 1, brings together an inspiring team of people impacted by diabetes—those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), type 2 diabetes (T2D) and their caregivers. Since 2017, this program has brought more than 200 runners with T1D to the TCS New York City Marathon. In 2023, Beyond Type Run opened up the team to all people with diabetes and their caregivers.

This year we’ll be cheering on this 2023 team in New York City on November 5, 2023. Get to know 2023 marathon team member, Martin Hughes, and how he’s getting ready for the race! 

Martin Hughes

  • 29 years living with T1D
  • A one-day Jeopardy! champ

What inspired you to run this year? 

I’ve been wanting to run NYC for a long time. I love the energy of large urban races. Seeing so many people out early on a weekend morning—there’s nothing else like it!

Who will be joining you the day of the race?

2 of my 3 sons, plus my older son’s girlfriend.

Prepping for race day

What is your go to running snack?

Hammer Peanut Butter gels. I order them in bulk directly from the company.

How do you prepare for long runs?

I procrastinate for as long as I can get away with, then I reluctantly head out!

What has been the hardest part of your training so far?

The customization by my personal trainer. I’m used to just going with the same training plan I bought years ago and have used over and over. Now, I’m building brand new unique workouts each time I go out. 

It’s a lot of work but it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone.

Advice to start running

Martin’s advice for other people impacted by diabetes who want to start running is:

Fuel up before you head out. Turn your pump down or off. Start where you are. 

Your goals should be doable. Give yourself a few easy wins to build momentum. Figure out what you want running to do for you and focus on that.

Get to know the rest of the 2023 Beyond Type Run marathon and learn more about the program here. Want to be on the team like Martin? Stay tuned! The 2024 team application will open in April of 2024.

WRITTEN BY Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team, POSTED 10/12/23, UPDATED 10/23/23

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.