Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Tournament 2008

Chasing the Cheese


While many of us celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, the people of Gloucestershire, England, celebrated a different annual occasion, their infamous Cheese Rolling tournament. In this crazed and unique sporting event, men and women chase an eight-pound cheese wheel down a steep hill. The person who grabs the rolling cheese — which can reach up to 70mph! — before it crosses the finish line wins. The prize for winning the race? The handmade Gloucester cheese wheel. While the race may be all fun and games, each year numerous people are injured as they slip down the hill. To watch a video of this year's cheese rolling, read more.

What do you think of the competition? I'm a huge cheese lover, but would never plummet my body down the side of a hill. How about you: Would you participate in this race for cheese?

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