Five slices. Five boros. One day.
Hungry for a challenge that you’ll only find in New York City? It’s competitive eating meets The Amazing Race; the ultimate test of your subway savvy and gastrointestinal fortitude. And all for a great cause.
What started as an annual adventure between two slice-loving friends has grown into a much buzzed-about New York City tradition. Now in its third year, the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge brings together the world’s most die-hard pizza and urban enthusiasts for a challenge like no other.
Here’s how it works: on Saturday, September 22nd teams gather by the Red Cube (140 Broadway in lower Manhattan). At 11:00 a.m. sharp, we’ll hand each team or individual a list of five pizzerias, one in each borough, and the challenge will begin! Each team plots its course, travels to each pizzeria, consumes a slice at each, and documents the feat on Instagram using the official event hashtag (#5boropizzachallenge).
Teams return to the finish line and after-party (Amity Hall in Greenwich Village), and once their photo proof is verified, they’ll be declared a 5 Boro Pizza Challenge Champion. All competitors receive a t-shirt; those who successfully complete the Challenge receive the coveted 5 Boro Pizza Challenge finisher medal.
The first team or individual to complete the challenge will be earn the title of 5 Boro Pizza Challenge 2018 Champion — a distinction comes with serious bragging rights, local media exposure, and other cool prizes.
The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocate for walking, biking and public transportation, so participants are not permitted to use cars, taxis, or e-hail/ride-share services like Uber, Lyft or Via. That means you’re limited to the various modes of transport that set New York apart from most US cities: subways, buses, ferries, bike share, and your own two feet.
Registration includes official entry into the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge, as well as a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Participants cover the cost of pizza and transportation.