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Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT has settled a lawsuit with the family of Caitlin Nelson who passed away after choking in a 2017 pancake eating contest held by her sorority. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Brett "Branimal" Healey started a Memphis version of the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a race in which participants run 2.5 miles, eat 12 donuts and return 2.5 miles.
The Bowdoin student paper has a report on a hot dog eating contest held at the Brunswich, Maine college. Competition organizers looked at getting Major League Eating sanctioning, but declined after learning it would cost thousands of dollars.
The Hindu reports that an eating contest held at the Government Law College, in Ernakulam, India resulted in a clash between members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Kerala Students Union (KSU) that left several students hospitalized. The campus will be closed until February 24. Tke KSU gave the following reason for holding the competition:
"We had organised the eating competition to remember the martyrs of Pulwama terrorist attack after the programme organised by the SFI. But then SFI created a ruckus stating that only one programme needed to be held. Five of our activists are in hospital”.
(Mathrubhumi News video)
Dublin Institute of Technology cancelled its "Iron Stomach" eating competitions after advice from its liabilty insurance provider.
Patch.com reports that a playground will be built in Clark, NJ in honor of Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on March 30, 2017.
The Hartford Courant reports that the family of Caitlin Nelson is suing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for allowing a pancake eating contest on March 30, 2017 that resulted in her death following choking. The objective of the lawsuit is not just to exact monetary damages, but to "expose the danger of amateur eating contests and to prevent other families from experiencing such a tragedy".
A hot dog eating contest will be part of the "Fan Pro Day" the Ole Miss football program will hold in Oxford, MS on March 25. The event was inspired by the testing sessions that NFL draftees undergo.
LAMag.com has a report on the "Beef Bowl" fest held for members of Rose Bowl teams at Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.
The Wright State student newspaper has a profile of Ivan "The Avocado" Mendoza, who is a senior with double majors in management and human resources who has a 4.0 GPA at that university. There is a also a video.
The University of Georgia football team reportedly ate more meat than the University of Oklahoma Sooners did at their pregame meal at Lawry's to win the "Beef Bowl". The event has been held for teams competing in the Rose Bowl.
Newtown Bee has a report on the "Celebration of Kindness and day of remembrance" held in Newtown, CT on October 27 to honor Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in March.
Omaha.com has a report on how Creighton University students studied the impact of eating the 12 scoop "Dundee Dozen" ice cream challenge on the human body.
Catcher Zach Fricke and pinch-hitter Austin Guzzo of the University of Iowa baseball team held a hot dog eating contest during their loss to the Univeristy of Minnesota. Guzzo won with a total of 5 hot dogs.

Choking in college pancake contest results in fatality

update April 10 The New York Post has an article about the funeral | Video about funeral

update April 6 A funeral mass will be held Saturday in Westfield, NJ. The official autopsy lists the cause of death as accidental asphyxia.

update April 5 InsideEdition has an interview with Fairfield Police Sgt. Mike Paris who says “Her mouth was compacted with pancakes, almost to her teeth.” (video)

The Fairfield Daily Voice reports that a college student who was hospitalizated aftter choking in a pancake eating contest at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on Thursday passed away. The University held a vigil yesterday in her memory. update CTPost and TapInto have articles giving the name of the deceased as Caitlin Nelson from Clark, NJ. Her father, James Nelson, was a Port Authority police officer who passed away when the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. update #2 The New York Post has an article reporting that Caitlin Nelson’s allergies were not a factor in the incident.

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A female student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT was hospitalized yesterday after choking in a pancake eating contest held at a Greek Life dinner yesterday night. She is currently in stable but critical condition.
Jenn Cheng, the 3rd place female in the eating contest at the 2015 New York City Dumpling Festival won tonight's episode of Chopped College Edition on the Food Network. update March 17 MCall.com article about the runner-up
The Tuscaloosa Krispy Kreme Challenge near the University of Alabama will take place on Saturday and award a total of $1600 ($400 to the top male & female). Entrants will run a mile, eat a dozen doughnuts, then run a mile to return to the start.
Jeff "FaFa" Woods passed away after experiencing chest pains while running the first mile of the five mile Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC yesterday. The incident occurred before the midpoint of the race where competitors consume a dozen Krispy Kreme dougnuts. Woods was 58 years old and not a regular runner according to his friends.
Detroit Sports Nation reports University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh stormed the stage after his team lost to the University of Florida in a controversial Oreo eating contest held during Citrus Bowl pregame festivities in Orlando.
Scout.com reports the Louisville Cardinals defeated Texas A & M in the hot chicken eating contest for Music City Bowl teams in Nashville. The professional hot chicken eating contest will be held on Tuesday.
HawkeyeSports has an article and gallery about the University of Iowa attending the Beef Bowl tonight, a pregame meal for Rose Bowl teams held at Lawry's. The event has not been an official eating contest since the 1960s. Stanford will visit the Beverly Hills steakhouse tomorrow. Elika Sadeghi got to dine with the Hawkeyes and posted a video of her meal. (Patch.com article)
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski will give a talk at Algonquin College in Ottawa on January 20. During the event, he will compete against selected audience members in an eating contest.
The Hungry Hungry Hatters, a competitive eating group at Stetson University, will hold pie, hot dog, wing & ice cream eating contests in DeLand, FL on November 20.
The BBC reports that Hull University Students' Union in Yorkshire held an event that started as a cracker eating contest that evolved into a competition where people reproduced sexual positions on-stage.
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