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Top Major League Eater Breaks World Record at National Harbor’s Second Annual World Peeps Eating Championship
Competitive Eater Beats His Own Previous World Record
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., April 10, 2017— The No. 2-ranked competitive eater in the world Matt Stonie (San Jose, California,) and No. 11-ranked Juliet Lee (Germantown, Maryland,) returned to National Harbor with 9 other professional eaters to compete at the Second Annual National Harbor Peeps Day, which was held on April 8. Stonie won the event by eating 255 Peeps in five minutes, breaking his own World Record of 200 Peeps set last year at the same event. Along with bragging rights, Matt Stonie took home a Peep-filled trophy and $1750. Lee, the highest-ranked woman competing in the event, devoured 165 of the sugar-coated marshmallow Easter treats, beating her record of 140 Peeps eaten last year.
The National Harbor World Peeps Eating Contest took place in front of the Peeps & Company store. The event is sanctioned by Major League Eating, the world body that oversees professional eating contests including Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Major League Eating and National Harbor also held an Amateur Peeps Eating Contest prior to the main event, where 15 entrants from the general public volunteered to see who could eat 25 Peeps the fastest.
The list of full results are:
1st – Matt Stonie, eating 255 Peeps in 5 minutes.
2nd – Geoffrey Esper, 238
3rd – Carmen Cincotti, 170
4th – Juliet Lee, 165
5th – Gideon Oji, 155
6th – Kevin Ambs, 113
7th -Yasir Salem, 110
8th – Crazy Legs Conti, 70
9th – Mike Deitz and Sarah Reinecke, 67
11th – William Myers, 47.
The Peeps & Company store at National Harbor was the first in the country and there are only two others. Peeps (the popular marshmallow candies shaped like chicks and bunnies) have become an iconic symbol of spring. Peeps® are made by the family-owned company, “Just Born,” headquartered in Bethlehem, Penn. and founded in 1923. Over time, the candy line has expanded to include bunnies and a wide array of colors and flavors.
For more information, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.
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About National Harbor
National Harbor is a community unlike any other. Situated close to the nation’s capital, National Harbor takes full advantage of one of the country’s most historic rivers. Rising from the banks of the Potomac River, just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, Md., National Harbor is a 350-acre mixed use development with seven hotels (including the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and MGM National Harbor), offices, residential, tree-lined streets with more than 160 shops including Tanger Outlet and more than 40 restaurants, iconic attractions such as the Capital Wheel and National Harbor Carousel, and much more. The community provides easy access to Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Va. and features an array of waterfront activities, events, and spectacular sunsets. For more information, www.NationalHarbor.com.