Potatoes USA was one of the key sponsors of the Twincity Marathon 2022 which took place recently at Cyberjaya. Up to 4,000 runners that took part in the half and full marathons were served with products from Potatoes USA.
With high amounts of energy, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C, the U.S. mashed potatoes helped runners replenish energy levels and nutrients needed after the marathon. They were also given educational materials on potato power nutrition to improve sports performance which were distributed at the event.
His Excellency U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr. Brian D. McFeeters, who is 61 this year, participated in the half marathon (21km run). “I am delighted to see Potatoes USA as a sponsor of this marathon and glad to have the information that potatoes are healthy, high in potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber – which are great for post-recovery,” mentioned McFeeters. “So now, maybe Malaysians can get to enjoy more potatoes like what we do in the U.S.,” he added.
McFeeters showed that even at his age, with proper diet and fuel he still could clock an impressive marathon finishing time of 2.27 hours beating many younger runners in the same event. With U.S. potatoes, he still maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly.
Over the past 40 to 50 years, numerous studies were conducted suggesting that carbohydrates are a primary macronutrient for sustaining and improving athletic performance. According to Nutrition Today, a US journal, it is suggested that a balanced diet high in natural, quality carbohydrate-rich foods like nutrient-dense potatoes may be optimal for improving physical performance among elite endurance athletes