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McRunner Goes For a Record...As a Shamrock Shake?

Posted Mar 06 2013 5:00am
You never know when you have a blog who really reads it. Many days I feel I’m primarily writing it for myself. Then days like this past Sunday you find out that people really do read it. The case in point for today’s blog has to do with two of my favorite things. The first is doing something special for children and the other is Shamrock Shakes. What am I talking about? Well…
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog on the McRunner . If you remember Joe D'Amico was the marathoner that trained eating only McDonald's food for the LA marathon I believe it was. For that effort he helped to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. If I’m not mistaken he ran it in like 2:36, which is a time I will never do even for the half marathon. What a great story and cause he was supporting. 
So on Sunday morning I received an email from Joe making me aware of his next goal and effort to support the Ronald McDonald House. I thought I would share it with you all since it is a very unique challenge he is doing and again raising funds for the charity. So what is Joe doing?  On March 17th 2013, Joe will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at the LA Marathon. Since this will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, he will be completing the race dressed as the world famous Shamrock Shake! Joe chose the Shamrock Shake for another important reason… In 1974, proceeds from Shamrock Shake sales funded the world’s first Ronald McDonald House! For more than 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has been providing a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children.
To add to this he has the following goals and guidelines for this race training wise. They are:

1. Attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Dairy Product
2. Drink a Shamrock Shake a day, up until the marathon (starting January 31st)
3. Eat only McDonald’s (once I start drinking the shakes) up until the marathon. Non-McDonald’s water, PowerGel, multivitamin and ibuprofen will be allowed (c’mon, I’m a runner)
4. Get back in marathon shape
5. Stay married. Remain #1 dad to my girl. Convince my family I’m not crazy.
6. Raise as much money as I can for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.   Joe and I both  hope you will consider donating to his run at the record. All donations will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana . Together we can help make a big difference for families while doing something fun!
I’ll certainly follow Joe’s effort and I’ll write a follow up on this in the near future. Maybe we can even have a chance to chat with him about it. I think I’ll go and get a Shamrock Shake now and begin my training for my next race! Good luck Joe!
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