Marathoner's 30-Day Diet: Nothing but McDonald's

Joe D’Amico combines passions for running, fast food
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Marathoner's 30-Day Diet: Nothing but McDonald's
In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, McDonald's signs sprout from the restaurant's parking lot in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The "McRunner" likes his food like he likes his races: fast. Joe D’Amico will run his 15th marathon this month after training for 30 days ... fueled by a diet of McDonald’s, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “My wife told me I was crazy,” says D’Amico, a fit 36-year-old. “But I love McDonald’s and I love running, and this was a great way to combine the two.”

D’Amico, whose personal best is a speedy two hours and 36 minutes, gobbles a breakfast of orange juice, hot cakes, and an Egg McMuffin; for lunch, he likes a grilled chicken sandwich and a Coke; and for dinner, it’s a burger, fries, and cookies. Other than that, he consumes just water, a multivitamin, and energy gel. “I’m not trying to prove anyone wrong or make any kind of political statement,” says the runner, who blogs at “But I’ve been eating McDonald’s since I was a kid. In a way, I’ve been practicing for this my whole life.” (More McDonald's stories.)

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