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4th Annual – New York Hot Dog Challenge

Dates: 02/21/2015 Dates: 02/21/2015

The 2015 Hot Dog Challenge Course Map is here. We meet by the Bandshell on the Mall at 1PM for the Start!

The 4th Annual New York Hot Dog Challenge will take place at 1PM on February 21st this year!

We are extremely excited to announce the date of the 4th edition of what has turned out to be quite a talked about event. Who will take home the prize purse this year is anyone’s game. Last year Matt6 and newcomer Juan went head-to-head with Juan winning by a narrow margin. Read the 2014 Race Recap.

Women! The prize is split by 1st Male and 1st Female. We normally have a low female turnout, basically ensuring that the guys get ALL the money. Come on female hot dog challengers, come out and compete!


Last year we had $360.00 in the prize purse to give away and I expect more cash for this year’s event! It’s always an exciting race, even if you just come volunteer to ref the competitors.

For those new to the NYHDC it’s simple. Run, walk or crawl the 3-5 mile course and at every one of the 10 hot dog carts you encounter you must eat a hot dog (with bun) before proceeding. The full list of rules are below.

NYHDG in the News:

10 Crazy Races Besides the Color Run, UntappedCities.com
10 Food-Fueled Races Around Country, Shape.com
10 themed 5K runs and races you have to add to your bucket list, hellawella.com

Competitors. Please email me baker@friendsofbaker.com to confirm your entry, there is a $20 fee which goes into the prize purse.
Referees. You will be running the course making sure competitors don’t cheat.
Prize Money. $1 or $10, it all helps! Go to Paypal.com and ‘Send Money’ to baker@friendsofbaker.com. I will be updating the Prize Pot as donations are received.


Matt Six
Neal Zondlo
Jonathan Stark
Juan Becerra (2013 Winner)
Bradley Ballou
Tony Wong
Kyle Hanner
Eric Jones
Ahmed Esa
Erik Nygren
Anthony Roberts
Ryan Siciliano
Dan Gold

Kate McGowan


The race director will release a very specific map the night before the race. It will be in Manhattan starting in the midtown area. Contestants will follow the navigate the map exactly as it is plotted, otherwise disqualified. Along the course, every time a contestant comes across a hotdog stand, they must eat one hotdog before moving forward.

02/21/2015: 1PM
PRIZE: Cash (we will be collecting money from donations and sponsors)
TO DONATE: Go to Paypal.com and ‘Send Money’ to baker at friendsofbaker.com. I will be updating the Prize Pot as donations are received.


– No teams, only individual competitors
– Race Director Baker will announce the course the day before as to ensure no practice runs are made and hand out a map the day of the race.
– The course will be in Midtown Manhattan and no more than 5 miles
– Race will start at 1PM, do not be late
– Competitors must stick to the course exactly, and upon passing a ‘Hot Dog Cart’ must eat a hot dog before continuing
– Competitors may not proceed forward until the hotdog is completely eaten
– ‘Hot Dog Cart’ is defined by a free standing cart selling only hot dogs and pretzels.
– Halal Trucks, or any other food truck that might sell a hot dog does not count. Indoor restaurants do not count
– Any (or no) toppings are legal
– The bun must also be eaten
– Any (or no) beverages may be consumed. Beverages may be brought from home or purchased along the course
– Puking disqualifies competitor
– Winner is defined as any competitor who has completed the course quickest, therefore walking, running, skipping are all accepted on course.
– Vehicles (bikes, roller blades, scooters, automobiles) are illegal
– Winners (1st place male, 1st place female) will split the cash prize generated from donations
– Competitors must purchase their own hot dogs
– Competitors are allowed ‘Hot Dog Sponsors’ that can help pay for competitor’s hot dogs for a share of the winnings (assuming their competitor wins)
– ‘Hot Dog Sponsors’ are responsible for their own deals and may sponsor multiple competitors but must make it public knowledge who they are sponsoring
– New York Hot Dog Challenge website will feature logos/links to any sponsors donating cash or other prizes for the winners
– Each competitor will be assigned a referee whom will follow them and make sure they adhere to the rules




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