“McRunner” Training For Marathon Eating McDonald’s

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 9, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM UTC

"McRunner" Joe D'Amico hopes to run faster than 2:36 on a diet of fast food. Photo: Chicago Sun-Times

His wife thinks he’s crazy.

No this isn’t an early April Fool’s joke. According to an article posted on the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Web site, a runner from Palentine, Illinois is training for the Los Angeles Marathon on a diet consisting solely of McDonald’s food. The runner’s name is Joe D’Amico and he’s hardly a back-of-the-pack competitor. With a marathon PR of 2:36, D’Amico thinks his fast-food diet will help him run even faster.

“My wife told me I was crazy,” D’Amico, said. “But I love McDonald’s and I love running, and this was a great way to combine the two.”

So far, D’Amico has been eating three meals a day for the past two weeks at the world’s most-famous fast-food restaurant.

Here’s D’Amico’s typical menu:

Breakfast: hot cakes, an Egg McMuffin and an orange juice.

Lunch: grilled chicken sandwich with a large Coke.

Dinner: hamburger, fries and a cookie.

D’Amico says his only deviation is a daily multivitamin, tap water, and an energy gel on the run.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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