McDonald’s-only runner finishes in top 30 top at Los Angeles Marathon

Can you believe a marathon runner vowed to eat only McDonald’s in the 30 days leading up to the Los Angeles Marathon? To make it even more unbelievable he ran a   personal best time at the event and finished 29th overall.

Joe D’Amico, a 36-year-old dad from Palatine, Illinois has completed 14 marathons. But the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon had a different twist same training but he ate McDonald’s for 30 days prior to the race.   Joe  ran the marathon in 2:36:13 on March 20, 2011 beating his previous personal record by 41 seconds.
“It went just as I planned,” Mr D’Amico said after completing the 42.1km race.

“The course was much tougher than I expected and the wind and rain didn’t help, but I felt strong.”

In the month leading up to the marathon, D’Amico ate 99 meals at McDonald’s.

His typical daily intake consisted of hotcakes and an Egg McMuffin for breakfast, a grilled chicken burger and a large Coke for lunch, and a hamburger and fries for dinner.

He allowed himself to drink water and take a daily multivitamin and a runner’s supplement.

He said he took on the personal challenge because he loves McDonald’s and running, and but insisted he was not trying to make a point.

His effort garnered more than 23,000 Facebook fans and raised $27,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mr D’Amico said his wife chose the restaurant where they ate last night.

“We managed to walk past a couple of McDonald’s restaurants after the race without stopping,” he said.

“I’ll probably be back in a McDonald’s sometime next week.”

Anyone that has trained for a marathon will find this story unusual maybe hard to believe.  The best part was the money he raised for  the Ronald McDonald house.  What better way to combined two things.  With his little twist on training for this marathon he probably had lots of people thinking he was crazy. But he did pick some of the healthier meals not Big Macs and supper size fries.

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