The Kentucky Derby has been called the most exciting two minutes in sports. Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests could be referred to as the most-filling 10 minutes.
On July 4, the world famous competitive eating contest returns to Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Men and women with elastic insides will test their ability to consume as many hot dogs...and buns in 10 minutes for a chance to call themselves the 2013 champions.
How lucrative is competitive eating for the participants? Last year's winners each took home $10,000.
The women's championship takes place at 11:25 am and can be seen online on ESPN3. The men's championship will be broadcast online, as well as on ESPN 2 at noon. Through the years, competitors have put up monumental eating performances.
Like all sports, records are kept to acknowledge these feats of food intake. Here's a look at the current all-time records for the contest.
Most Hot Dogs and Buns Eaten By a Man in 10 Minutes
68—Joey Chestnut in 2009 and 2012
The 27-year-old from San Jose, Calif. set the record in 2009 as he was challenged by rival and all-time great competitive eater, Takeru Kobayashi. Kobayashi downed 64, but Chestnut proved to have the toughest gut as he not only set the record, but won his third-straight title.
Chestnut is still on a roll, as he has won six straight, including 2012's title when he equaled his record.
Can Chestnut hit 70? You'll have to watch to find out...well, maybe you don't, but it'll at least allow you to see the action.
Most Hot Dogs and Buns Eaten By a Woman in 10 Minutes
45—Sonya Thomas in 2012
Nicknamed the Black Widow, the then 45-year-old from Alexandria, Va. ate the same amount of hot dogs and buns in 2012 to set the record for female competitive eaters. She also claimed her third-straight women's title.
Despite her talents, Thomas weighs just 105 pounds, according to her Major League Eating profile. She will again put her pink competitive eating belt on the line in this year's contest.
Is 50 Thomas' magic number?
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