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6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/3/2011 11:31PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The Strawberry Canyon Track Club, based out of Berkeley, CA, is proud to announce that one of its members, Sean McFarland, is currently in possession of the “6 Big Macs and a 10k“ World Record at 57 minutes and 3 seconds. That’s right, 10,000 meters and 6 Big Macs (2.8 pounds of food, 3240 Calories, and 180 grams of fat [60 g saturated]) in less than an hour.

Sean and fellow member Jack Wallace, who made a valiant effort but ultimately DNF’d at 4 Big Macs and a 10k, both get the distinction of being the first two people in recorded history to even attempt this.

We have competition details, lap splits, and burger splits below. We also have video and photographic evidence that should be available in a couple of days (when we get around to uploading it).

We have no affiliation with the original authors, but for background on the genesis of this challenge, see http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=3601167&page=0. If you’re like me, the “6 Big Macs and a a 10k under an hour” thread was one of the biggest letdowns of last year. Lots of strategy, plenty of trash talking, and ultimately, no delivery.

But it wasn’t over. The seeds of the idea had been planted within our club. And at a university like Cal, where people pride themselves on being good at basically everything, it was only a matter of time before somebody stepped up to prove their mettle.

So this morning, April 3rd, 2011 at 11:45 am, under beautiful clear skies and slowly climbing temperatures, two men from the Strawberry Canyon Track Club pitted themselves, body and mind, against the worst McDonalds can deliver.

Our rules? Simple: 6 Big Macs, 25 laps on a 400 meter track, 1 hour. It doesn’t matter how you get there. One hour after the clock starts you’ve either finished 25 laps and 6 big macs or you have failed.

Our gladiators?

Sean McFarland, a 2nd year PhD student in BioEngineering at Cal with an NSF fellowship. Ran for Clarion University until the team was cut by the university. PRs: 55, 1:59.7, 4:02.0, 4:18, 15:04, 31:57, 1:14:18.

Jack Wallace, a 3rd year Conservation Resource Studies major at Cal, member of the Strawberry Canyon Track Club, and president of the Cal Running Club. True to form, he decided 1 hour before the start that he was competing. PRs: 57, 2:09, 4:25, 4:49.9, 9:53, 16:25, 34:52, 1:16:30.

Sean’s strategy: Cruise the 10k at 6 minute pace then eat all the Big Macs in the remaining 22-23 minutes.

Jack’s strategy: Eat the first big mac while running 6 minute pace, keep running 6 minute pace, and finish the last 5 Big Macs in the remaining 22-23 minutes.

Sean quickly deviated from the race plan and ended up running roughly 5:20 pace, which turned out to be fortuitous as the eating took over 23 minutes and involved what appeared to be one of the most uncomfortable positive splits in competitive eating history.

Jack held true to race plan, finishing the first Big Mac at 2400 meters, and ultimately finishing the 10k in sub 6 minute pace. But the head start wasn’t enough, and spreading the eating out over such a long period of time may have been a mistake. It’s widely known that to eat a lot, you need to eat quickly.

Splits for each competitor are posted below. Photos and video to come soon. Hopefully Sean and Jack will come on here to relate their personal experiences and advice for future attempts. But for now, LetsRun, the gauntlet has been thrown down, the standard has been set. Is there a worthy challenger out there who can better the mark of 57:03? We hope so, and we look forward to your stories.
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RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/3/2011 11:41PM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Sean McFarland Splits:

1:20, 2:39, 3:58, 5:18 (5:18)

6:39, 8:00, 9:20, 10:40 (5:22)

12:00, 13:20, 14:40, 16:00 (5:20)

17:21, 18:42, 20:03, 21:24 (5:24)

22:45, 24:07, 25:29, 26:50 (5:26)

28:10, 29:32, 30:53, 32:15 (5:25)

33:35

35:37 (BM 1)
37:35 (BM 2)
39:55 (BM 3)
43:55 (BM 4)
48:45 (BM 5)
57:03 (BM 6) (WL, Edwards Track Facility Record, AR, WR)
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RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/3/2011 11:44PM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Jack Wallace Splits:

1:23, 2:53, 4:23, 5:49 (5:49)

7:25, 8:56, 10:23, 11:46 (5:57)

13:12, 14:38, 16:03, 17:28 (5:42)

18:58, 20:27, 21:56, 23:26 (5:58)

24:56, 26:27, 27:58, 29:30 (6:04)

31:00, 32:30, 34:02, 35:29 (5:59)

36:59

8:56 (BM1)
40:42 (BM 2)
47:09 (BM 3)
57:55 (BM 4)
DNF
Push Alt F4
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/3/2011 11:46PM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Looks like the last one was rough.
yoyoyooyoyoyoyoyyyy
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/3/2011 11:51PM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I could break 40 minutes no problem...
manbearpig
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 12:00AM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
epic
towhee
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 1:10AM - in reply to manbearpig Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
lol I love the way OP wrote this up. OP, you're a genius, man
raholian
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 7:05AM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Spikes or flats when running?

Did you keep the Big Macs warm somehow?
MonkeyMan
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 7:24AM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Excellent incorporation of random information. I'm sure his NSF fellowship helped him pull this off.

I must admit, this is probably the most simultaneously impressive and disgusting thing I've read about in quite a while. Well done sir!
LVD
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 7:32AM - in reply to yoyoyooyoyoyoyoyyyy Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Great post -- that is incredible.

Any post-race vomiting?

And to the poster below: I'm calling BS, and also with something like this, you either videotape yourself doing it, or applaud the men that do. Talk is cheap.




yoyoyooyoyoyoyoyyyy wrote:

I could break 40 minutes no problem...
haha YO
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 7:39AM - in reply to yoyoyooyoyoyoyoyyyy Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

yoyoyooyoyoyoyoyyyy wrote:

I could break 40 minutes no problem...


Then do it.
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RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 7:43AM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I have been thinking about doing this, but I would restrict myself to a Beer Mile format - run a mile, stop to eat a Big Mac, repeat. If I ever get around to it I'll be sure to mention this thread as well as the original in my writeup.
agip
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 7:58AM - in reply to ` Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
most excellent news that a standard has been set and the challenge met. I sympathize with Sean's positive eating split. You see, I suffered in a similar way last week working on a plate of my wife's brussels sprouts.

In any case, this is wicked good news.
Fry Man
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 8:18AM - in reply to agip Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Did you go with the supersized fries and soda, too?
skwilli
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 8:41AM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
There must be a way to combine this thread with an anti-Webb thread.
wonderin'
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 9:13AM - in reply to Strawberry Canyon TC Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
can jack wallace get on here and explain the strategy behind his strategy of attack? eat the first one "while" running 6 minute pace? really?
alloppy
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 9:20AM - in reply to wonderin' Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
for a full discussion of big mac running strategy, see the link in the OP's post. Ex-tensive.
Good luck
RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 9:25AM - in reply to alloppy Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hell yes!
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RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 10:00AM - in reply to Push Alt F4 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Push Alt F4 wrote:

Looks like the last one was rough.


Indeed it was ... though I definitely think I could have pushed to get it down faster, I opted to minimize my puking (i.e. failure) risk by taking it slow.

- Sean
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RE: 6 Big Macs and a 10k....World Record!!! 4/4/2011 10:09AM - in reply to raholian Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

raholian wrote:

Spikes or flats when running?

Did you keep the Big Macs warm somehow?


I ran it in my trainers (Adidas Oregon 10's). I believe Jack ran it is trainers, too.

The temperature of the Big Macs was a concern (I ran down and picked them up from the local McD's just before starting), though we didn't do anything explicitly to keep them warm other than leaving them inside the containers, in the bags, sitting in the sun. They were tepid by the time we got around to them. Might be easier / faster if you can get them fresh.
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