The 97th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition took place this Fourth of July on Coney Island, NY. The rules are simple: who ever eats the most hot dogs within the 10-minute time frame wins. Each competitor must eat both the dog and the bun and are given two 32 oz. cups of water to help down the dogs. Once time is up, the competitors must swallow their food within 30 seconds after the bell. In addition, they must keep the food in two minutes after the elapsed time. In an event if someone does not follow these rules, they will be automatically disqualified from the competition.
Once again – for the sixth straight year – Joey Chestnut came out on top, winning the competition with ease. He beat his rival, Tim Janus, of New York by 16 hot dogs. In total, Joey consumed 68 dogs and buns, tying his previous world record in the 10-minute time frame. His estimated calorie consumption amounted to 20,000! He went home with $10,000 in winnings and his prized championship belt. Thousands of spectators witnessed this Fourth of July spectacle.
The women also had their own hot dog eating competition, which was won by Sonya Thomas, of Virginia. She finished with an astounding 45 hotdogs in 10 minutes and was also awarded her own pink championship belt along with the $10,000 in prize money.
Written by Guest Blogger, Matt Goldberg