Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Third Annual Chili Challenge

WHAT: Student, faculty and staff contestants will eat one 8 ounce bowl of chili each day for five days, with each bowl a progressively hotter firehouse chili, during the competition. To complete the challenge, participants must eat a Habanero pepper the final day to be victorious. The event is part of Fire Prevention Week. Colorado State University Housing and Dining Services is co-sponsoring the chili challenge with Poudre Fire Authority.

WHEN/WHERE: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, Oct. 10-14, in the newly renovated Corbett Marketplace on Colorado State University’s campus.

DETAILS: Firefighters will serve chili and share safety tips. Colorado State students, faculty and staff can register for the Chili Challenge at the Corbett and Parmelee dining centers through Wednesday, Oct. 5. VIP judges have been recruited to ensure participants follow the rules. This year’s judges include Linda Kuk, vice president of Student Affairs; Mark Driscoll, Colorado State athletic director, and Karen Weitkunatt, City of Fort Collins mayor pro tem. An "I Survived" Chili Challenge t-shirt — featuring a new design of festive peppers — will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the challenge.