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Competitive Eaters Storm River Street

Competitors on stage today on River Street chowed down for ten minutes as quickly as possible. Competitors on stage today on River Street chowed down for ten minutes as quickly as possible.

Are you hungry? We met some guys who sure were. Eight people came from around the country to compete in a St. Patrick's Day eating competition on River Street this afternoon.

It's one of the biggest events these world championship eaters look forward to all year, which is the Spike TV St. Patrick's Day Chowdown competition.

Tim Janus is from New York and wins competitions all the time. He hoped to win this one too.

"For ten minutes, I eat more corn beef and cabbage than I eat all year," said Janus.

Patrick Bertaletti came from Chicago. "I am half Irish, so I think that's going to help me," he said.

Sonya Thomas is one of the best at putting away food, but you wouldn't know it just by looking at her, because she only weighs a hundred pounds.

"I can eat a lot and I know I can stretch my stomach and it doesn't bother me," she said.

But it's not all fun and games. There's lots of preparation that goes into this.

"I have to focus myself to win," said Thomas.

"I find the food that we are going to be eating and make it at home or buy it, so I can get a feel for how it works," said Janus. "And just try to apply that for a long time."

A long time is right. Competitors on stage today on River Street chowed down for ten minutes as quickly as possible.

Bertaletti is the world record holder for eating the most corn beef and cabbage and says he doesn't eat like this all the time.

"The trick is to off set it with exercise, and the way I eat today, I'm going to eat healthy for the rest of the week," said Bertaletti.

If you missed today's eating competition that's okay, because the top four will be back on River Street tomorrow at 2pm for jalapeno peppers and green donuts.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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