The same crew who brought us the now-famous Speedo Rap Video teamed up once again, this time in the name of charity. The delicious San-Francisco located fundraiser with several Olympians, The BIG sMAC DOWN burger eating pageant, was a major success, both in terms of funds raised and calories consumed.
Benefitting the San Fransisco/Marin Food Bank, the friendly competition pit teams of four swimmers against one another to compete in a relay-style fast food challenge, eating as much as they can in front of a live crowd. Swimmers scarfing food together? Could there be anything better?
Representing the Team Fast and McFlurry-ous were NCAA standouts Felicia Lee and Andie Taylor, along with Olympic medalists Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel. In their Breakfast of Champions race, each woman ate a McDonald’s breakfast item as fast as possible and the fastest relay to finish was crowned champion.
DiRado got things started off with a quick leg on her breakfast sandwich, and Team Fast and McFlurry-ous never relinquished the lead after. Lee and Taylor put in solid legs, scarfing down a McGriddle and Hashbowns, respectively. Beisel, a 13-year member of the national team, used her experience and put the team on her shoulders, going no breath on a strawberry smoothie chug until the job was done and the race was won.
But the women weren’t alone, as Team Szechuan Sauce also threw down some major calories for cash. The foursome of David Nolan, Drew Cosgarea, Mike Carter and Thomas Stephens combined for a relay, with each competitor eating a single food item that spans from breakfast to lunch to dinner to dessert.
Check out their introductions below:
Once again, the swimmers took advantage of their highly-trained metabolisms, with Nolan getting the lead for his team by inhaling a breakfast sandwich. Thomas Stephens and Drew Cosgarea put in the work by dusting lunch and dinner with McNuggets and a Quarter-Pounder. Mike Carter came in clutch with a milkshake chug, and though more of it may have made it onto his beard than in his mouth, he emptied the cup and brought home the W for Team Szechuan.
Full-color commentary of the live event was given by former 1650 freestyle American record holder Chad LaTourette and Stanford All-American Bryan Offutt. The event hosts were Notre Dame standouts Frank Dyer (2012-14 All-American) and former American record holder (200 Breast) Emma Reaney.
The group had a very ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for the food bank, and reached that goal before the event had even started, getting their 10,000th dollar the day before the event.