Man with autism sets record hiking in Smoky Mountains

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A Tennessee man has become the first person living with autism to hike all 900 miles of trails at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Garan Moore of Cosby, Tennessee, took up walking the trails with his mother, Theresa, after the two began a quest to lose weight. Now 25-years-old, Moore weighed over 300 pounds just six years ago.

“We went to Dollywood and couldn’t get the seatbelt to fit on the ride, so we had to get off,” Theresa Moore tells WBIR of the moment she and her son decided to make a lifestyle change.

The Moores began weekly walks by their home, until their walks began to trail off into the nearby Great Smoky Mountains.

In six years, Garan and Theresa have walked over 1,700 miles together.

On April 21, they finally completed the last trail left on their quest to walk each trail in the national park.

Although, Theresa says she and her son are far from done with their weight loss journey. They are continuing to push themselves to shave off the pounds. However, they can confirm that they returned to Dollywood to ride all the rollercoasters they couldn’t once before.

Read more about their journey and see them in action on WBIR.

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