2016-17 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Circuit category

Marie Claire magazine has a twitter video about Miki Sudo's preparations for the Nathan's finals.
Registration is open for the first two qualifiers of the Nathan's 2017-18 circuit: Des Moines on August 12 and Portland, OR on September 4. The Portland qualifier will be the first northwestern site on the Nathan's circuit since at least 2004.

2017 Nathan’s mens finals

2017 Women’s Nathan’s Finals

Full results: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Meghan Drake did not compete. Daniella Gioia’s total was not given

1st 41 Miki Sudo personal best
2nd 32 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco personal best, non-Asian women’s record (Schuler 31)
3rd 30 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas
4th 25 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee
5th 18 Sophia Devita
6th 17 Meredith Boxberger
7th 15 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke
8th 14 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
9th 13 Kassandra Zapata
10th 12 Carlene LeFevre
11th ? Daniella Gioia
12th 8 Mary “I Love ‘em HOT!” Bowers
12th 8 Liz McClurg
12th 8 Rene Rovtar
12th 8 Marlene Wigginton
16th 7.75 Stevie “Eats a Lot” Palmer
17th 6 Deborah Bethea
17th 6 Danielle Leppert-Simenauer

ESPN could have truncated Sportscenter to televise the women’s contest or put it on in place of a rerun of the 2016 men’s contest on ESPN Classic.

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2016-17 Nathan’s qualifier winners

Here is a list of all qualifier winners from the 2016-17 Nathan’s circuit.

2016 Oct 11 1st 27.5 10 min Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Nashville, TN
2017 Mar 18 1st 22.5 10 min Juan “Hungry Saiyan” Neave Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating qualifier – men San Antonio, TX
2017 Mar 25 1st 25.5 10 min Pablo Martinez Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating qualifier – men Estero, FL
2017 Apr 15 1st 33 10 min Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Miami, FL
2017 Apr 22 1st 30 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2017 Apr 22 1st 22 10 min Matt “Sweet Tooth” Cohen Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Louisville, KY
2017 Apr 28 1st 28 10 min Erik “The Red” Denmark Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men St. Louis, MO
2017 May 6 1st 18 10 min Pedram “In Jaws We Trust” Esmaeelzadeh Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Tampa, FL
2017 May 6 1st 26.5 10 min Josh Miller Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Fort Worth, TX
2017 May 13 1st 23 10 min “Buffalo” Jim Reeves Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Valdosta, GA
2017 May 19 1st 23 10 min Derek Jacobs Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Cincinnati, OH
2017 May 27 1st 7 10 min Rene Rovtar Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Charlotte, NC
2017 May 27 1st 24 10 min Eric “Badlands” Booker Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Charlotte, NC
2017 Jun 3 1st 30 10 min Steve Hendry Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Syracuse, NY
2017 Jun 11 1st 34.5 10 min Yasir Salem Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Long Pond, PA
2017 Jun 11 1st 38 10 min Darron Breeden Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Norfolk, VA
2017 Jun 18 1st 51 10 min Geoffrey Esper Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Boston, MA
2017 Jun 18 1st 53 10 min Carmen Cincotti Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2017 Jun 24 1st 37 10 min Gideon Oji Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Washington, DC
2017 Jul 1 1st 30.5 10 min Juan “more bite” Rodriguez Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Naperville, IL
2016 Oct 11 1st 9.5 10 min Liz McClurg Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Nashville, TN
2017 Mar 18 1st 11 10 min Kassandra Zapata Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating qualifier – women San Antonio, TX
2017 Mar 25 1st 10 10 min Mary “I Love ‘em HOT!” Bowers Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating qualifier – women Estero, FL
2017 Apr 22 1st 29 10 min Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2017 Apr 22 1st 10 10 min Stevie “Eats a Lot” Palmer Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Louisville, KY
2017 Apr 28 1st 16 10 min Sophia Devita Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women St. Louis, MO
2017 May 6 1st 12 10 min Carlene LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Tampa, FL
2017 May 6 1st 15 10 min Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Fort Worth, TX
2017 May 13 1st 3 10 min Meghan Drake Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Valdosta, GA
2017 May 19 1st 15 10 min Meredith Boxberger Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Cincinnati, OH
2017 Jun 11 1st 13 10 min Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Long Pond, PA
2017 Jun 11 1st 6.5 10 min Deborah Bethea Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Norfolk, VA
2017 Jun 18 1st 5 10 min Danielle Leppert-Simenauer Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Boston, MA
2017 Jun 18 1st 14.75 10 min Daniella Gioia Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Queens, NY
2017 Jun 24 1st 28 10 min “The Lovely” Juliet Lee Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Washington, DC
2017 Jul 1 1st 11 10 min Marlene Wigginton Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Naperville, IL

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2017 Naperville, IL Ribfest Nathan’s qualifier

update The Chicago Daily Herald has a contest report that says two women competed.

Results

Full men’s results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1st 30.5 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
2nd 16 Eric Vernsten
3rd 15 Cody Malanowski
4th 11.25 Phillip Yang
5th 9.5 Derek Sanderson
6th 9 Dave Luthman
6th 9 Nick Needs
6th 9 Paul “The Douche” Zwiercan

1W) Marlene Wigginton 11

The contest has started according to the festival twitter.

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The Liberty Hill Independent has an interview with Juan Neave about qualifying for the Nathan's finals.
The Washington Post has a report on Juliet Lee qualifying for the women's Nathan's finals Saturday in Washington, DC.
WSMV has a segment on Stevie "Eats a Lot" Palmer competing in the women's Nathan's finals.

2017 Washington, DC Nathan’s qualifier

update June 29 WTOP has a longer report and video

WTOP has an article

Results
Full results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1st 37 Gideon Oji
2nd 22 Kevin “Qwazy” Ambs
3rd 20 George Chiger
4th 15 William “Wild Bill” Myers
5th 14 Peyton Laramore
6th 11 Michael Patschak
7th 7 Jon Anderson
7th 7 Aaron Brooks

1W) Juliet Lee 28
2W) Van Tran 5

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2017 Boston Nathan’s qualifier

update June 21 The Boston Herald has a gallery

Men’s top 3
1) Geoffrey Esper 51
2) George Chigger 24
3) Adrian Prentice 12

Women’s winner
1) Danielle Leppert-Siminauer 5

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2017 Mets qualifier

The Mets twitter has a sped up video.

Full men’s results from Wild Bill

1st 53 Carmen Cincotti
2nd 27 Wayne “wayneywonder” Algenio
3rd 13 William “Wild Bill” Myers
3rd 13 “Beautiful” Brian Seiken 1st contest since removal from MLE top 50
5th 10 Bob Zazzaro
6th 8 Anthony Campos
7th 7 Andy Flamm

1W) Daniella Gioia 14.75

Carmen Cincotti and Daniella Gioia should win unless something unexpected happens.

Previous winners of qualifiers held at Mets ballparks

2016 Jun 19 1st 33 10 min Yasir Salem Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2016 Jun 19 1st 16.5 10 min Sophia Devita Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Queens, NY
2015 Jun 14 1st 36 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2015 Jun 14 1st 18 10 min Meredith Boxberger Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Queens, NY
2014 Jun 15 1st 28.5 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2014 Jun 15 1st 14 10 min Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Queens, NY
2013 Jun 29 1st 50 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2013 Jun 29 1st 5 10 min Prudence DiBenedetto Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Queens, NY
2012 Jun 2 1st 40 10 min Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2012 Jun 2 1st 20 10 min Maria “Edible” Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Queens, NY
2011 Jun 4 1st 45 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – men Queens, NY
2011 Jun 4 1st 7 10 min Laura Leu Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – women Queens, NY
2010 Jun 26 1st 46 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY
2009 Jun 20 1st 40 10 min Eric “Badlands” Booker Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY
2008 Jun 14 1st 42 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY
2007 Jun 3 1st 26.5 12 min Erik “The Red” Denmark Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY
2006 Jun 18 1st 29 12 min Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY
2005 Jul 2 1st 20 12 min Crazy Legs Conti Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY

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Sentinel & Enterprise has an interview with Geoffrey Esper about competing in the Nathan's Qualifier at Sail Boston on Sunday.

2017 Norfolk Harborfest Nathan’s qualifier

update Darron Breeden has a video

The Virginian Pilot has a contest report

Official results
More results
1) Darron Breeden 38
2) Josh Peters 16
3) Michael Deitz 12
?) Danny Meyers 5
?) Tias Schuster 5

1W) Deborah Bethea 6.5

Darron Breeden has won with 38 hot dogs. George Shea claimed it was a record (Sonya Thomas retains the top Norfoik qualifier total of 38.5)

Darron Breeden and Michael Dietz are expected to compete.

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2017 Pocono Raceway qualifier

update Report of the Week has a video

Fox56 article. Larell Marie Mele planned to be a judge before entering the contest without preparation.

Official Results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

1st 34.5 Yasir Salem
2nd 27 George Chiger
3rd 21 Kevin “Qwazy” Ambs
4th 14.5 Jack “Snack Jack” Diamond
5th 14 William “Wild Bill” Myers
6th 8.5 Andrew Kossuth
7th 8 Adam Bergen
7th 8 Anthony Maglio
1st 13 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele had announced retirement to care for father
2nd 6.75 Julie Grey
3rd 5 Rebecca Rakauskas

Yasier Salem, Kevin Ambs, Bill Myers and three female rookies are expected to compete.

Larell Marie Mele retired from competitive eating to care for her father, so she will not defend her title.

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2017 Taste of Syracuse Nathan’s qualifier

update Jun 4 American Fast Food Stories has a video

update Syracuse.com has a report

Official results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
After no femaleless qualifiers from 2011-2016, the Syracuse qualifier appears to be the 2nd uncontested women’s division in 2017 after the Miami Marlins qualifier :(

1) Steve Hendry 30
2) Dan “Killer” Kennedy 26
3) William “Wild Bill” Myers 14.5
4) Tom Moore 10
5) Roger Green, Jr. 9
6T) Charles Curio 5
6T) Erik Johnson 5
6T) Allen Walz, Jr. 5

Steve Hendry and Bill Myers are expected to compete.

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2017 Nathan’s Finalists as of May 30

With 5 weeks to go until the Nathan’s finals here are the current fields:

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600 Festival Nathan’s qualifier

update June 3 MLE videos: results announcement | Rene Rovtar interview

update First X Last and Byron Posadas have videos

Official results Part 1 | Part 2

Results announced on NBCCharlotte Facebook Live video

1) Eric “Badlands” Booker 24
2T) Damien Boykin 20
2T) Ronnie Hartman 20
4T) Ryan Siciliano 18
4T) Eric Vernsten 18
? Paul Barlow (1st MLE contest in two years)

1W) Rene Rovtar 7 (sole female)

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Eric "Badlands" Booker appeared on Fox 46 Charlotte to promote tomorrow's Nathan's qualifier at the 600 Festival, so presumably he is the favorite for that competition. Ronnie Hartman will also compete.
Matt "Sweet Tooth" Cohen appeared on WBIR yesterday to talk about competing in the Nathan's Finals.

2017 Cincinnati Reds Nathan’s qualifier

update Jun 3 MLE has a video

From the Facebook Live video
1) Derek Jacobs 23

1w) Meredith Boxberger 15

Nate Biller, Crazy Legs Conti and Meredith Boxberger are expected to compete.

The previous intersection of the Cincinatti Reds and competitive eating is pitcher Frank Pastore. His time of 9:30 for the Big Texan 72 ounce steak challenge in 1987 has only been surpassed by Molly Schuyler and Joey Chestnut.

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2017 Valdosta, GA Nathan’s qualifier

The Valdosta Daily Times has a report claiming that Megan Drake will receive a free trip to NYC for the finals.

The stage clock stopped at 6:52

Valdosta, GA results via Valdosta Today Facebook Live video

Official results
1) “Buffalo” Jim Reeves 23
2) Damien Boykin 15

1W) Megan Drake 3 (ties for all-time lowest winning total, announced as 2.75)

WTXL held a promo contest

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2017 Tampa Nathan’s qualifier

update May 14 TapedFromFlorida video

Results from Facebook Live Official results Part 1 | Part 2
1) Pedram “In Jaws We Trust” Esmaeelzadeh 18
2) Crazy Legs Conti 17.5

1W) Carlene LeFevre 12

Crazy Legs Conti and Pedram Esmaeelzadeh headline the men’s division. Carlene LeFevre will compete in her first Nathan’s qualifier outside of Las Vegas since 2005.

The Tampa Riverwalk has a Facebook Live broadcast (in vertical format)

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2017 Nathan’s Fort Worth Mayfest qualifer

update Fast Food Stories has a contest video

Nathan Biller, Josh Miller, Steven Schuster and “Bam” Martinez will compete in the men’s division. Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reincke and Aly Biller are the known female competitors.

Results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Josh Miller 26
2) Steve Schuster 22.5

1W) Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke 15
2W) Aly Biller 5.5

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Registration is now open for the last two Nathhan's qualifiers: in Washington, DC June 224 and Naperville, IL July 1 (date changed from June 30).
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