Marathoner Runs on McDonald's Diet

A man from Palatine is prepping for the Los Angeles Marathon while eating at McDonald's three times a day

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Thursday, Mar 10, 2011  |  Updated 2:22 PM CDT
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What do you think marathoners eat? Whole-wheat pasta, lean meat or maybe some fruit and veggies?

Think again. The "McRunner" from Palatine eats McDonald's every day.

Joe D'Amico, 36, is prepping for the Los Angeles Marathon by running 100 miles a week and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner under the golden arches, according to his blog, McRunner.com.

D'Amico marks his mornings with orange juice, hot cakes and an Egg McMuffin. He plans to stay on his fast food diet for 30 days.

On March 20 in Los Angeles, D'Amico aims to beat his personal record in the 26.2-mile race: two hours and 26 minutes.

D'Amico said he isn't trying to make a statement or squeeze money out of Mickey D's. In fact, he's raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He said he is just a big fan of running, and a big fan of the hamburger.

You can follow D'Amico's journey at McRunner.com.

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