Runner of the Week: Dan McCann

Each week Denise O’Donoghue profiles one of the runners taking part in the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork City Marathon this June.

Runner of the Week: Dan McCann

“My first marathon I ran to finish. The second marathon I ran to survive. This marathon, I am running to earn my pint!”

Dan McCann is an ambitious man. The New Jersey native, 30, will be taking part in the Cork City Marathon this June and it is the third leg of his attempt to join the Seven Continents Club.

“The Seven Continents Club is a group of individuals who have completed a marathon on every continent. My goal is to be a member of this exclusive club,” he said.

“To me, it’s also about the cultural aspect. I’m not just running the race and heading home, I am trying to explore the country, meet the locals, and learn what’s important to them and what makes them unique.”

Dan’s dream began three years ago when he began running after finishing law school, and it has already seen him take part in a marathon on the Great Wall of China.

“I have a simple formula, buy the plane ticket and then just let everything fall into place after that,” he said.

“I did the Great Wall of China Marathon. Yes, literally ran a marathon on the Great Wall. I would recommend the race, but make sure you incorporate some stairs in your training.”

Dan takes his training seriously — but not too seriously: “I try to run four to five days a week, with the longer runs on the weekends. I don’t take it too serious — life is too short.

”He is keen to visit his ancestral home for the first time this summer with his family, who will be taking part in the relay race.

“Visiting Ireland will be a dream come true. My parents, Joseph and Annamarie, will be making their first trip and I am proud that they will be there supporting me.

His great-grandparents, Daniel Brennan and Anna McGee, emigrated over 100 years ago. “My family has not been back since.”

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