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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest guide

The gut-busting Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island returns for another year of competitive gorging.

Shaye Weaver
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Hold on to your guts—Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2022 is upon us!

We can all agree that there’s nothing better than going to a baseball game or one of the best NYC parks for a cookout and eating one-too-many hot dogs, right? Well, the glutinous act has reached the big leagues in New York, as over 40,000 tune-in during Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, NY. During the competition—which is now more than 100 years old—Frankfurter-eating legends race the clock and chow down on as many Nathan’s Famous dogs and buns they can swallow in ten minutes. It’s certainly one of the most beloved traditions and best NYC events in July, so here’s everything you need to know about watching and entering the competition. You won’t want to miss a single bite.

What is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Okay, you might question the amount of athleticism needed to swallow a bunch of wieners, but Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is one of the most unique sporting competitions in the world—you can even watch the race live on ESPN! Folks will gather to watch the top female and male eaters try to swallow as many Franks as possible within ten minutes. The prize (apart from a free meal)? Eternal glory, and a $40,000 prize purse containing a big shiny trophy and a bejeweled Mustard belt.

When is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

The race of legends goes down on Independence Day from 11am to 1pm.

Where is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Watch the glorious event at Nathan’s Flagship restaurant (1310 Surf Ave) on the corner of Stillwell Ave at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Who is competing in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest?

World champion Joey Chestnut of Indianapolis will return and the number-one-ranked female eater, Miki Sudo (who last year was nine months pregnant and could not compete), will return in a bid to regain her title.

At last year’s event, Chestnut consumed 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, beating Geoffrey Esper, who finished in second place, and Nick Wehry, who finished third. Michelle Lesco of Tucson, AZ, won the women’s contest last year by eating 30.75 hot dogs and buns. She will defend her title against Sudo, whose personal best is 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

What is the schedule for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

10am: Pre-show festivities, including musical and dance performances
11am: Women’s Contest
12:30pm: Men’s Contest

How can I participate in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest?

You have to register for the Nathan’s Famous qualifying event. The top male and female finishers will secure their spot to complete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. For more information on how to register, visit the Major League Eating website to sign up.

How do I get to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Via subway: D, F, N, Q to Stillwell Avenue Station.
Via Manhattan Express Bus: X28 (Bensonhurst/Midtown), X38 (Bensonhurst/Midtown).

How can I watch Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on TV?

ESPN will start broadcasting at 10:45am. The women’s competition coverage will begin at 10:45am and will be telecast live on ESPN3 and ESPNEWS. The men’s competition coverage will begin at noon and will be telecast live on ESPN3 and ESPNEWS. It will re-air on ESPN2 at 4pm.

 

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest info