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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest To Go On Without Spectators

The organizers of the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York have announced that this year's event will go on as planned, with one exception — it will be held in a private location with no fans. The two 10-minute contests — one for men and one for women — will each only have five participants, instead of the traditional 15, in order to abide by social distancing guidelines. Workers will wear masks and gloves during the event and the competitors will all be tested for coronavirus before being allowed to compete. The contest, like always, will be a 10-minute sprint where competitors will eat as many hot dogs as humanly possible. Last year's champions, Joey Chestnut, who ate 71 hot dogs, and Miki Sudo, who downed 31 dogs, are both expected to compete in this year's event. Chestnut has held the title of reigning champ a total of nine times. The event will be aired at noon July 4 on ESPN.