Nathan's competitors prepared to gorge their way to glory - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

20,000 calories in 10 minutes? No problem for Nathan's Hot Dog competitors

Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, left, and Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas, right, will try to break their own records Thursday at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. (Source: CNN) Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, left, and Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas, right, will try to break their own records Thursday at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – It's the Masters, Super Bowl and World Series of competitive eating.

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will crown a heavyweight eating champion of the world in its annual gluttonous throw down - not throw up - of the all-American food.

More than 40,000 people will pack Coney Island for 10 minutes of awe-inspiring scarfing, dunking and stuffing of dogs at the annual Fourth of July tradition.

The undisputed favorite is six-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who downed 68 dogs last year, tying his own world record.

That adds up to around 20,000 calories … in 10 minutes.

The only drama will likely be in whether Jaws breaks that record.

"It's a rough record to beat, it's pushing the limits of the human body. If the weather is nice and the hot dogs are nicely cooked, I will do it," he told CNN.

Also going for gorging glory is female feaster Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas. 

Thomas crammed down 45 dogs last year and was declared the women's division winner for the second year in a row.

For years, Thomas hung with and beat many of her male competitors until Nathan's gave women their own category and prize in 2011.

Thomas says her goal this year is to down 50 dogs. Thomas, by the way, weighs in at 105 pounds.

"I know it's going to be difficult because 45, I'm reaching my maximum, you know. But I know I'm going to try. It's hard," she said.

She's No. 3 in the Major League Eating rankings. Not the No. 3 woman eater. The No. 3 eater in the world, regardless of gender.

The women's competition begins at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN 3, with the men following at noon on ESPN 2.

Happy eating.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Suspects bound over to grand jury, denied bond in killing of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier

    Monday, June 26 2017 2:56 PM EDT2017-06-26 18:56:30 GMT
    McBride; Source: WLBTMcBride; Source: WLBT

    Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said the three will be charged with auto theft and kidnapping in Hinds County.

    More >>

    Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said the three will be charged with auto theft and kidnapping in Hinds County.

    More >>
  • Jogger attacked by three dogs in Vancleave

    Jogger attacked by three dogs in Vancleave

    Monday, June 26 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-06-26 18:02:08 GMT

    Justin McMillian was on his morning jog near Paige Bayou Road in Vancleave when things took a sudden, violent turn. Officials say three pit bulls broke out of the fence where they were being kept and attacked him.

    More >>

    Justin McMillian was on his morning jog near Paige Bayou Road in Vancleave when things took a sudden, violent turn. Officials say three pit bulls broke out of the fence where they were being kept and attacked him.

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Power restored at Edgewater Mall

    UPDATE: Power restored at Edgewater Mall

    Monday, June 26 2017 1:44 PM EDT2017-06-26 17:44:59 GMT
    Monday around noon, the power was out on the entire west side of the mall, from Charlotte Russe to JC Penny's, and that includes the Food Court. (Photo source: WLOX)Monday around noon, the power was out on the entire west side of the mall, from Charlotte Russe to JC Penny's, and that includes the Food Court. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Food vendors at Edgewater Mall had a bit of a panic Monday in the middle of the lunch rush. A power outage to the mall's west side shut down business for less than an hour. 

    More >>

    Food vendors at Edgewater Mall had a bit of a panic Monday in the middle of the lunch rush. A power outage to the mall's west side shut down business for less than an hour. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly