Another One Bites the 5 Pounder Challenge | News
Five pounds of everything you could possibly imagine on a pizza. Pepperoni, beef, mushrooms, pineapple, olives, onions, Canadian bacon and more. Sounds more like heartburn than anything else. That’s what Kevin Moulton, 19, attempted to devour in 30 minutes for Pizza Rita’s 5 Pounder Challenge.
Moulton joins about 75 others who have attempted the challenge. They’re each represented by a single tally mark overshadowed by the masters of the pizza universe. Pizza Rita owner, Brian Dickmann says only nine challengers have completed the feat.
Looking back on previous experiences, Moulton thinks he’s capable of engulfing the five pounder. After all, he did conquer three pound burritos in Texas. What’s the worst that could happen?
The room stood still waiting for the clock to strike 11:07 a.m. Moulton stared down at the pizza that appeared to look right back at him with menacing qualities. It’s simply a lot of pizza.
“We have a lot of people that come in and say, ‘Oh, I ate a large such and such, I can do it,” Dickmann said.
The clock strikes 11:07 a.m.
With a calm frenzy, Moulton folded two slices on top of each other which he later regretted. Down the road, he started dunking the slices into a cup of water hoping to soften them up on their way down into the pit of his stomach. His friend, Zackery Dean, stood by the entire time.
“He didn’t eat dinner last night so he’s got all that room,” Dean said.
He was saving up for this moment. Other onlookers, including Moulton’s father, cringed, but hoped for the best. Some of the youngest bystanders thinks the challenge is fun for everyone in any case, but aren’t sure they’d want to do it just yet.
“It’s hard. Some people could do it, you never know,” Analea Redfox said. She’s sure her uncle and father could do it, but for herself? Not yet. She says one day she’ll make a go at a pizza challenge. Her brother Zion would rather try a lasagna-eating contest.
With just a few minutes to go and over half the pizza devoured, Moulton buried his face in a paper towel. You could say he threw in the paper towel because moments later, time was up. He walked up to the ordering counter and conceded to Dickmann.
“It was a lot more than I thought it would be,” Moulton said adding there maybe a second attempt in a few months.
Dickmann later admitted that even he is unable to finish a five pound pizza. While referencing the tally marks of challengers he confirmed: “I myself am one of these tally marks. That was out at the Interstate Fair.”
Moulton won’t be the last challenger. Another one is expected on Wednesday evening. This time, the challenger will battle through five pounds of vegetarian pizza. If he loses, he’ll join Moulton on the list of check marks overshadowed by the masters of the pizza universe.
The challenger pays $20 to compete, which covers the cost of the pizza. if they win, Pizza Rita donates that $20 to a charity of their choice. Had Moulton finished the five pounder, he said he would have selected Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.