Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - Coney Island, NY

Date: 03/23/2013
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Winner: Bob Shoudt, mens; Larell Marie Mele, womens, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
Total Prizes: Seat, Coney Island, July 4th



For the first time ever, Nathanís Famous will begin the national hot dog-eating qualifying circuit for the Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Boardwalk of Coney Island, kicking off a nationwide tour that will stop in a dozen cities before concluding back in Coney Island with the annual July 4 world championship.

Nathanís Famous will launch the 2013 tour with a Qualifying event on Saturday, March 23, at 1 pm, at its Boardwalk landmark as part of opening-weekend celebrations for Coney Island. Coney Island will be open and ready to go in 2013 despite the enormous damage it suffered from Hurricane Sandy last year.

ďThere is no better way to show our commitment to Coney Island and all its businesses, residents and fans than to kick off the summer season with a great event on the Boardwalk,Ē said Wayne Norbitz, President and COO of Nathanís Famous, Inc. ďOur thoughts are with all those who continue to suffer from superstorm Sandy. Coney Island will be open for business and we are looking forward to a great summer season at Americaís original amusement districtógrab lunch at Nathanís and enjoy the beach, the NY Aquarium, a Cyclones baseball game and a ride on the Wonder Wheel and the World Famous Cyclone.Ē

The male and female winner of the March 23 Nathanís Famous Coney Island Qualifier will receive a spot in the historic Nathanís Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, an event that attracts some 40,000 fans and is broadcast on ESPN.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, holds the world record for eating 68 Nathanís Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his seventh straight title this year. Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, VA, is expected to defend her title as female champion of the world. She consumed 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes last year.

This contest will take place on Saturday March 23, 2013, at 1pm Eastern at Nathanís Famous, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues, Brooklyn, NY.

**The top male and female finisher will each qualify for a spot to compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th.**

About Nathanís Famous
Nathanís products are currently distributed in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and six foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. The Nathanís restaurant system currently consists of 308 units, comprised of 303 franchised units and five company-owned units (including two units temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy and one restaurant closed for redevelopment). For additional information about Nathanís please visit

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.