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Strange Sport of the Week: Cheese Rolling

October 17, 2011

Somewhere in England (I’ve been told its the Cotswolds Region), for the past 200 years, people have been practicing the art of, well, cheese rolling. This event, which was traditionally for those who lived in the village, has now spread to include and attract people worldwide. The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling takes place annually, but I have a feeling people are training for this, whether they admit it or not.

So, here’s how it works:

A round of cheese (of the Gloucester variety) is rolled down a very steep hill and competitors race down the hill after it. The first person to cross the finish line wins the cheese. That’s really all there is to it.

This event can get pretty dangerous – sprained ankles, concussions, even broken bones. So before you go chasing any wheels of cheese down a steep hill, make sure you suit up in some padding – after all, it is just a wheel of cheese.

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