While many of you are off doing 4th of July fun runs, I engaged in my favorite Independence Day athletic tradition:
Watching the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN.
This is my 4th year watching the event and I continue to be both impressed and absolutely disgusted by this display of athleticism.
The reigning champion, Joey Chestnut had a slower start but halfway through the 10 minute event, he pulled in front of the pack. He maintained a 10 dog lead through the finish. He met but didn’t beat his own world record of 68 dogs.
At one point, I asked my viewing companion “why would the others keep going when they’re so far behind?”