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Man vs. Pho 2 eating competition

Defending champion Keola Suapaia works on eating the noodles after they cooled down enough during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Spectators watched and encouraged the competitors during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa, left, and Junior Seui, right, work on eating as much as they can during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Ben Saunoa ate the most and won the competition during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Chefs David Burton and Wes Hanson prepare the food for the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Defending champion Keola Suapaia waits for the food eating competition to start during the Man versus Pho 2 event at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Competitors Jim Lee, left, and Koua Xiong, right, Man attempt to eat as much as they can during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa, left, and Junior Seui, right, work on eating as much as they can during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Junior Seui takes a break during the food eating competition Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa takes a break during the food eating competition Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa takes a break during the food eating competition Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Defending champion Keola Suapaia works on eating the noodles after they cooled down enough during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Spectators watched and encouraged the competitors during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa, left, and Junior Seui, right, work on eating as much as they can during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Ben Saunoa ate the most and won the competition during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Chefs David Burton and Wes Hanson prepare the food for the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Defending champion Keola Suapaia waits for the food eating competition to start during the Man versus Pho 2 event at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Competitors Jim Lee, left, and Koua Xiong, right, Man attempt to eat as much as they can during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa, left, and Junior Seui, right, work on eating as much as they can during the Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Junior Seui takes a break during the food eating competition Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa takes a break during the food eating competition Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Eventual winner Ben Saunoa takes a break during the food eating competition Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
Man versus Pho 2 at the Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine and Lounge off Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Competitors attempted to eat 2-lbs of noodles, 2-lbs of meat, and 64-ounces of soup in 30 minutes.
Bill Roth
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