Can you imagine being in the English army, seeing a bunch of extremely large folks with no underwear (despite the cold and rain), charging you, screaming obscenities, and brandishing a utility pole? We hope our event isn't quite as blood curdling a sight. Not utility workers were harmed in the procuring of the cabers.
Every year at Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire (pr. Gloss-sta-sher), England, hardy souls pursue a wheel of even more hardy Double Gloucester cheese down a 200 yard slope with an average 45 degree angle. The cheese is reputed to have clocked 70 miles an hour during it's decent, and the participants attempt to defy the laws of physics as they attempt to catch it, often with spectacular results. Here's a link to a National Geographic video about it.
Well, our cheese roll may not take place on a 1:2 gradient, but it has just as many attempts at thwarting gravity, and is just as competitive. Check out some of the photos for a look at passed champions.