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Deep-dish cheese sausage pizzwith butter crust Lou Malnati's 439 N. Wells St. Chicago. | File

Deep-dish cheese and sausage pizza with butter crust at Lou Malnati's, 439 N. Wells St. in Chicago. | File

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Updated: November 14, 2013 6:39AM

Chicago will become the guilt-free eating capital of the Midwest on Sunday as marathoners go bananas after the race in a city not particularly known for calorie counting.

Chew on this for a moment:

A four-hour marathon equates to 2,477 calories burned for a 125-pound person; 2,972 calories calories burned for a 150-pound person; 3,567 calories burned for a 180-pound person; and 3,963 calories burned for a 200-pound person, according to Meghan Stewart, an advanced dietician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

In general, the faster you run, the more calories you burn, according to Katherine Patton, a sports dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic.

With that kind of caloric leeway, Chicago is a culinary playground.

A few options:

† A heaping corned-beef sandwich on rye from Manny’s Deli, 1600 calories.

† A slice of Lou Malnati’s deep-dish sausage, 480 calories, or go the thin crust route for 240.

† Head over to the Rock N Roll McDonald’s with the kids for a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, just 520 calories.

† Stop by a Rick Bayless restaurant, where keeping tabs of such things is simply anathema. “We’re all about food with flavor, we don’t ever count calories,” said Jen Fite, manager of the restaurant group. “We just live our lives, feeling good.”

Runners aren’t starting from scratch, though. Many ingest up to 700 calories over the course of a race by consuming sports drinks, gels and other energy products, Stewart said.

The rest of the caloric hole is most likely too big to fill in one day.

“You’re probably not going to make up the full deficit, but you could easily make up the majority of it,” Stewart said. “It’s not a license to binge, but a little treat is in order.”


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