Sonya ‘The Black Widow’ Thomas and “Crazy Legs” Conti, two of the finest competitive eaters in the country, will be joined by a strong field Memorial Day weekend at Trump Plaza’s Beach Bar in Atlantic City, Saturday, May 28, 2pm. At stake is the title of Nathan’s Famous New Jersey Hot Dog Eating Champion and the chance to compete in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. The winner of the national title wins $10,000 and a mustard colored championship belt.
Nathan’s Famous recently announced that the top finishing male and the top finishing female competitor will now earn a chance to compete at the finals in Coney Island. Female eating athletes will have a shot at their own Championship Belt in what will be the first-ever women’s-only contest set to occur just prior to the men’s contest, mid-day on July 4.
The 100-pound competitive eating phenom Thomas (ranked No. 4 in the world) has eaten 41 hot dogs and buns in competition, a mark that no other female has achieved, and is looking to break her personal record — also the women’s world record — in Atlantic City. Conti (ranked No. 17) will strive to qualify for his tenth July 4 finals, which would mark the most consecutive appearances by any competitor in Nathan’s Famous history.
“Sonya and Crazy Legs are each looking to make history in Atlantic City by setting a new women’s world record and by becoming the first competitor to advance to Coney Island 10 years in a row,” said George Shea, chairman of Major League Eating. “Though we’ve seen rookie eaters knock off top-seeded eaters before, I know Sonya and Crazy Legs will be bringing their A-game to the table on Memorial Day weekend.”