Food Challenges: 12 Contests For Extreme Eaters (PHOTOS)

Rewards include t-shirts, free food and -- above all -- bragging rights.

From Man vs. Food to Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, it seems the U.S. is a bit obsessed with pushing the limits of food consumption. But lucky for amateur extreme eaters, you don't have to be Adam Richman or Joey Chestnut to participate in some of the craziest food challenges out there.

Besides the obvious bragging rights and lifelong pride at stake, many of these food challenges also offer free food to the victors. From pounds of pancakes to gallons of soup, are you brave enough to take on these massive amounts of food?

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