Photos: This hot dog eating contest may turn you off hot dogs forever

The headline may be a stretch, but after watching wieners being destroyed in the spirit of competitive eating -- dousing buns with water, shoving the franks in one's mouth as fast as possible and eventually wearing a meat goatee -- you may think twice before ordering a hot dog at Coors Field.

The Chow Down for Charity hot dog eating contest at Steve's Snappin' Dogs went down on Sunday afternoon, with the eight contenders, whose mugs are shown below, masticating as many red hots as possible in a three-minute span.

Jimmy "The Jimineator" Mares emerged victorious, downing eleven dogs in the eight-minute span. Mares didn't beat his personal record of thirteen dogs, which he polished off in 2009 when he won the contest.


Photographer Eric Gruneisen brings back these photos from the contest.

All the contestants. See more photos from the hot dog eating contest.
Photos: Eric Gruneisen

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The Jimineater getting after it.
The Jimineater getting after it.
The top three.
The top three.
Seven seconds left as the top three battle it out. Contestant Ryan Lucchese checks the time as fellow contestant Brant Gilbert throws in the towel and becomes a spectator.
Seven seconds left as the top three battle it out. Contestant Ryan Lucchese checks the time as fellow contestant Brant Gilbert throws in the towel and becomes a spectator.

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Here's Joe Chapman, who's not afraid to get a little wiener on him.
Here's Joe Chapman, who's not afraid to get a little wiener on him.
Mark Sutherburg also has a plan, as he chases his dog down with some water.
Mark Sutherburg also has a plan, as he chases his dog down with some water.
Score keepers ready, hot dogs ready, contestants ready...
Score keepers ready, hot dogs ready, contestants ready...

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Jimmy Mares reaches for his tenth and final dog from his first tray. This one is special! It has the remnants of the previous nine that where devoured above it. Yum!
Jimmy Mares reaches for his tenth and final dog from his first tray. This one is special! It has the remnants of the previous nine that where devoured above it. Yum!
One second left...that's all she wrote.
One second left...that's all she wrote.

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