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About

Calling all pizza enthusiasts: here’s a challenge you’ll only find in New York City. It’s competitive eating meets The Amazing Race. It’s a test of your subway savvy, your gastrointestinal fortitude, and your Instagram filter prowess. And all for a great cause.

Here’s how it works: on the day of the Challenge, we’ll gather under the arch in Washington Square Park. Check in opens at 10 a.m. Everyone will receive a 5 Boro Pizza Challenge t-shirt. At 11:00 sharp, everyone will receive a list of the appointed five pizzerias. You’ll plot your course, go to each pizzeria in any order you prefer, eat a slice, and document it on Instagram using the official hashtag, #5boropizzachallenge.

After you’ve hit all five boros, you’ll return to the after-party location (to be announced) in Greenwich Village. There, having traversed the city for the love of pizza, you will be declared 5 Boro Pizza Challenge Champion. All finishers will receive a 5 Boro Pizza Challenge Champion medal.

The first person or team to complete the challenge will be named the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge Ultimate Champion, which includes serious bragging rights as well as other prizes from Scott’s Pizza Tours, Giftzza, the NYC Cupcake Run, and more.

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, NYC’s leading advocate for walking, biking and public transportation, so no car travel allowed (including taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc.). You’ll have to get around the way most New Yorkers do — subway, bus, ferry, bike, and of course, your own two feet.

Registration includes entry into the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge, as well as a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. You cover the cost of pizza and transportation.

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge will be back in 2018! Join our mailing list to receive details about the 2018 event when they become available >>

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FAQ

I want to take the Challenge! When will the next 5 Boro Pizza Challenge take place?

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge will be back in NYC in early fall of 2018! To receive details about the 2018 event as soon as they become available, join our mailing list.

How do I prove that I ate a slice in all five boros?

Take a photo that provides sufficient evidence that you ate a slice from each of the pizzerias on the official 5 Boro Pizza Challenge list and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #5boropizzachallenge. Here are the photos from last year’s challenge.

How do I register as a team?

Each team member must complete an individual registration, but may indicate their team name.

I don’t have a team, but I love pizza and meeting new people. Can I join a team?

Not to worry – lots of participants in 2016 arrived solo and left with new pizza-loving friends. If you’d like to link up with other solo Challengers, arrive a bit early on Saturday and we’ll help make some connections. Or you can do the Pizza Challenge solo, if that’s your slice of pie.

What’s included in the cost of registration?

Registration includes official entry into the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge, as well as a t-shirt and finisher’s medal (for those who register by September 18th). You cover the cost of pizza and transportation. All participants can compete for the title of 2017 5 Boro Pizza Challenge Champion, which includes serious bragging rights as well as other cool prizes.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

You may transfer your registration to another person, but you must notify the event organizer before the day of the event. Sorry, no refunds.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is a family-friendly event. All are welcome to join.

What’s the back-story behind the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge?

Here’s how it started: In 2013 two hungry friends decided it would be fun to visit all five boros in one day and eat a slice of pizza in each. And they were going to do it by subway, bike, ferry, and bus — no cars allowed. It started as an adventurous way to spend an afternoon, but a delicious tradition was born. In 2016, the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge was opened to the pizza-loving public as a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives. Roughly 75 people took the Challenge in its inaugural year, and many were begging for seconds. And so here we are again!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

E-mail 5boropizzachallenge@gmail.com

Do I have to train for the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge? 

Training for the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is an absolute necessity and should commence immediately. As with any workout regiment, it doesn’t count unless you document it on Instagram with #PizzaChallengeTraining.

Do I have to eat the crust?

That’s totally up to you, but we reserve the right to judge you if you don’t.

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