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The 6th Annual New York Hot Dog Challenge

Dates: 02/25/2017 Dates: 02/25/2017 Times: 13:00 - 15:00 Location: Central Park Bandshell

2017 wouldn’t be right without a seriously crazy running slash eating race in midtown Manhattan!

Last year we had perfect weather and 12 highly competitive (and festive) competitors. Kyle ‘The Hammer’ Hanner brought home the win for the second year in a row while Alison H. killed it in the female field. Get pumped and get your game face on for the 6th edition of this insane race.

The rules and entry information are below. Spread the word… the more competitors we have, the larger the prize purse and the wilder the time!

2016 Field… costumes encouraged

DATE: 02/25/2017: 1PM
The Bandshell in Central Park
PRIZE: Cash (we will be collecting money from donations and sponsors)

PRIZE PURSE as of 2/22: $200

  • Matt C.
  • Sean H.
  • Neal Z.
  • Matt6
  • Peter R.



2016 Male and Female Winners who split the $450 prize purse

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. (See below for the full list of rules.) 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!

The race director will release a very specific map the night before the race. Contestants will follow the navigate the map exactly as it is plotted, otherwise disqualified. Along the course, every time a contestant comes across a hot dog stand, they must eat one hot dog before moving forward.

Competitors. Please email me baker@friendsofbaker.com to confirm your entry; there is a $20 fee which goes directly into the prize purse.
Referees. You will be running the course making sure competitors don’t cheat.
Prize Money. $1 or $100, 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.


– 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

NYHDG in the News:

Runners World
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


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