Mar 30, 2014; Martinsville, VA, USA; General view of a Martinsville hot dog sign during the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2014: live stream, start time, TV info and more

The time is here. The 2014 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is upon us and reigning champion Joey Chestnut is looking to continue his nearly decade-long string of dominance in the competition.

“It’s my favorite contest of the year and I put quite a bit of work into it. I started six weeks out. I get into a cycle where I’ll do a practice contest, then I’ll fast for about three days. No solid food, just lots of liquids,” via

“So I pretty much do a cleanse after every practice and go into my next practice empty, and I push a little bit harder.”

For those who want to watch Chestnut chow down on Friday afternoon along with the rest of the competitors as he aims to eclipse the 70 hot dog mark in 10 minutes, ESPN will be airing the event live on the WatchESPN app.

How can you tune in to the annual American tradition on television or online? Here is all of the information you will need to tune in to the action:

Date: Friday, July 4
Start Time
: Women’s Championship, 11:30 a.m. ET; Men’s Championship, 12:40 p.m. ET
LocationConey Island, Brooklyn, New York
TV Info: ESPN News (Live at 12 p.m. ET), ESPN 2 (tape delay at 1 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: WatchESPN

Here is the 2013 contest which continued Joey Chestnut’s dominant run in the competitive eating world:

And for the women’s side of the competition, here is the 2013 performance from Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas:

Be sure to stay tuned to on Friday afternoon for all of the results from this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

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