Joe D’Amico, the ‘McRunner,’ Finishes 29th in Los Angeles Marathon After 30-Day McDonald’s Diet


Mar 22, 2011

Marathon runners are known for their excellent diet and exercise while training. One runner, however, beat all the odds with eating only McDonald’ss 30-days prior to the Los Angeles Marathon.

Joe D’Amico, 36, nicknamed the McRunner, finished 29th position, beating his personal best time by 41 seconds at two hours, 36 minutes and 13 seconds, according to Fox Sports.

His three-meal-a-day diet, consisted of hotcakes, Egg McMuffins, grilled chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, fries and large sodas.

The Illinois-based runner raised $27,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Runners not only proved that they could eat McDonald’s before the race, but they showed it was possible to run from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica without shoes.

Caity McCardell, 42, dared to run in the rain-soaked streets of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica with no shoes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

She finished her first marathon in an unofficial time of six hours, 22 minutes without soggy socks or sneakers.

“Every eighth of a mile, someone would be like, ‘Oh my God, barefoot runners,'” said McCardell. “I felt like a movie star.”

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