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Speed-eating champion to attempt Timbits® record

Friday, June 28, 2013

WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, June 28, 2013) – Canada Day in Waterloo will be celebrated with the help of Tim Hortons and a world-record holder, the University of Waterloo announced today.

As part of Waterloo’s bigger and better Canada Day celebration, the speed-eating champion Takeru Kobayashi – famed for his world record for eating 110 weiners in 10 minutes – will perform a demonstration on Canada’s national day for the first time.

After years of competitive eating at July 4 celebrations in New York City, Kobayashi will attempt to eat as many Tim Horton’s Timbits® as he can in two minutes – something many Canadians have dreamed of but rarely dared to attempt.

Waterloo has teamed up with Tim Hortons to provide 2,000 Timbits® for the event, although competitive-eating experts doubt that Kobayashi will munch that number of always fresh treats. The show will also include a challenge for current Waterloo students to see if they can match the pro-eater Timbit for Timbit.

Kobayashi’s hot dog record was set last year at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. He has won Guinness world records for eating 100 grams of Spaghetti in 45 seconds, ten hamburgers in three minutes, 29 meatballs in a minute and 6 hot dogs, complete with buns, in three minutes.

Canada Day at the Columbia Lake playing fields will also feature top Canadian bands Spirit of the West and Hollerado as well as performances for children by Ronno, and Wij the Magician. For the first time, adults can escape from the heat and enjoy a cold one in the licensed refreshment area, in partnership with the Brick Brewing Company.

All University of Waterloo campus parking lots are available and free of charge on Canada Day. Accessible parking is available off of Frank Tompa Drive within the OpenText parking lot.

More information about the event can be found on the University of Waterloo website. Social media followers can join in the community spirit on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #uwcanadaday.

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.

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Tim Jackson, vice-president of university relations, is available for interview.

Media Contacts

Pamela Smyth
University of Waterloo
519.888.4777
psmyth@uwaterloo.ca

Nick Manning
University of Waterloo
519.888.4451
nmanning@uwaterloo.ca

www.uwaterloo.ca/news
@uWaterlooNews

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