After an initial reaction of dismay at such a strange image, I found that this quiz fell out easily. Those figures had to be a take on Sumo wrestlers, and the quiz questions implied that there was some sort of charity effort involved. So I googled . For me (and I know that google tailors) the first site was www.bbc.com/news/uk.. followed by www.sumorun.com which is the key. And this gave the whole story.
A laterally inverted equivalent of the quiz pic can be found on many sites reporting the Sumo Run, e.g., metro.co.uk/2013/07/28/ Apart from the inversion and differences in size and resolution, the quiz version also has an erasure of the foreground runner's entry number 225.
Being part of the action? It would be great to be in London in July, but it's a long hike from Sydney Australia. And negotiating a Port-a-loo in a Sumo Suit definitely seems a task to be avoided :-).
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A search for 'people running in sumo suits" was all it took to find the basics, and "sumo run 2015" completed the rest of the information. Interestingly enough, reversing the photo as you did prevented TinEye from picking up the original picture (I tried TinEye at the very end after I'd found all the information, just to see if it worked or not). My first search brought up the normally-oriented picture with the #225 on the runner's bib).
Interesting quiz this week! Would you like to run wearing an inflatable sumo suit? Look at the smiles on their faces. How do the runners see the ground below?
I think that a Quizmaster run with all of us garbed in sumo outfits like these would be so much fun! I wouldn't be able to run though - too busy laughing at everyone! GoodYear would be the best corporate sponsor!!!!!!! This is great! Thanks again for all the laughs!
Another organization, 8th Day Athletics, sponsored the Sumo suit athletics world championships in the same location, held in 2008, 2009, and 2010. There may also have been an event in 2012, I'm not sure. In any case, the 2014 event was cancelled (see www.8thdayadventure.co.uk/...). My guess is that it was overtaken by the fun run for charity.
Odd that sumo suits should have invaded Battersea park, and only there. I suppose there will always be an England.
At first glance, I assumed it was a race for charity to fight obesity. Then it dawned on me that they were all Sumo wrestlers.
Yes the quiz turned out to be quite easy but I wouldn’t want to run in those suits!!
Good idea [to have a Quizmasters Run], but I think we would have to have it in Austin. They like things like that more than Round Rock does. Round Rock bumper stickers read "Keep Round Rock Mildly Unusual" as a counterpoint to the "Keep Austin Weird" ones.
BTW - I'm up for a Sumo Quizmasters Run; that would be FUN! But tell me, would we have to go through any purification rituals first or is that strictly before Sumo wrestling bouts? ;)
If we have a Sumo Quizmasters Run, I’ll be the one huffing and puffing at the back of the pack.
Maybe you can get the sumo run to run in the U.S. !
I am way to old to run, but I can still walk. Let me know if you have a Sumo run at Mile Square Park [Huntington Beach] sometime.
This week's puzzle was a lot of fun ... I have a cousin whose son is living in London and he'll be there for the run, so I sent the info to her to send to him!
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I could register and get 25% off for the Over -60. I could watch. I could be a volunteer steward to marshall the route. What fun!!! If it were in a cool month, I would sign up. July 25 is way too hot for me to bundle up in a fat suit.
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Last week the annual charity event known as the Sumo Run took place in London’s Battersea Park. To raise money for education in sub-Saharan Africa, participants don inflatable sumo suits and run the 5km course around the park, no doubt delighting passersby in the country that gave us Monty Python.
But when media outlets in Japan reported on the event, the audience here was not universally pleased, with some people calling it racist cultural appropriation.
Although the organizers point out on their webpage that Battersea Park is home to the Japanese Peace Pagoda, there isn’t really a clear connection between the event and Japan that would explain why they chose the sumo theme beyond the obvious humor of seeing people in big inflatable suits running around. But given that sumo is a symbol of Japan and an honored tradition, some Japanese found the event’s angle distressing.
“My feelings are complicated on this, but don’t you think this is prejudice?”
“When Japan had that airline commercial with a guy wearing a big nose and yellow wig, [foreigners] were quick to object, but at this event, they wear body suits and sumo wigs and that’s okay?”
“If this was any other country besides Japan, there would be protests that it was racist or discriminatory against overweight people and they would be forced to cancel the event. Japan is always made fun of like this.”
Other readers were not so much offended, but confused as to why anyone would want to do this, much less in the middle of summer.
“If it’s for an African charity, why did they choose sumo? I don’t get it.”
“As a Japanese, this made me smile, but what the heck is the point of this?”
“Is England really cool enough in summer for this? If we did this in Japan right now, people would be dropping like flies from heatstroke.”
Of course, not everyone was offended. Many commenters found the event hysterical, even suggesting that it should be held in Japan as well.
Source: Yahoo! Japan News
After a "mass inflation" which saw the eye-catching outfits blown up, the runners jogged, or wobbled, the 5km (3.1 miles) course in Battersea Park.
Many participants accessorised their suits with masks - including some of Royal Family members.
The event previously set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of runners in sumo suits.
The race is raising money for the charity Link Community Development, which works with governments and communities to improve the quality of education for children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Battersea Park is a 200 acre (83-hectare) green space at Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth in London. It is situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea, and was opened in 1858.
The park occupies marshland reclaimed from the Thames and land formerly used for market gardens.
Prior to 1846 the area now covered by the park was known as Battersea fields, a popular spot for duelling. On 21 March 1829, the Duke of Wellington and the Earl
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of Winchilsea met on Battersea fields to settle a matter of honour. When it came time to fire, the Duke aimed his duelling pistol wide and Winchilsea fired his into the air. Winchilsea later wrote the Duke a groveling apology.
Separated from the river by a narrow raised causeway, the fields consisted of low, fertile marshes intersected by streams and ditches with the chief crops being carrots, melons, lavender (all the way up to Lavender Hill) and the famous ‘Battersea Bunches’ of asparagus.
Running along the riverside from the fields were industrial concerns and wharves, including a pottery, copper works, lime kiln, chemical works, and, increasingly, railways. The site of Battersea Power Station was partly occupied by the famously bawdy Red House Tavern, patronised by Charles Dickens. Access was via the rickety wooden Battersea Bridge or by ferry from the Chelsea bank.
In 1845, spurred partly by the local vicar and partly by Thomas Cubitt, the builder and
developer, whose yards were across the river in the still marshy and undeveloped area of Pimlico, an bill was submitted to Parliament to form a Royal Park of 320 acres. The Act was passed in 1846 and £200,000 was promised for the purchase of the land. The Commission for Improving the Metropolis acquired 320 acres of Battersea Fields, of which 198 acres became Battersea Park, opened in 1858, and the remainder was let on building leases.
The park was laid out by Sir James Pennethorne between 1846 and 1864, although the park was opened in 1858 varied somewhat from Pennethorne's vision.
The park’s success depended on the successful completion of the Chelsea Bridge, declared open in 1858 by Queen Victoria. In her honour, the road alongside the eastern edge of the Park was called
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Victoria Road, linked to Queens Road by Victoria Circus (now Queen's Circus). Prince of Wales Road (now Prince of Wales Drive) was laid out along the southern boundary and Albert Bridge Road constructed along the western side.
The park hosted the first football game played under the rules of the recently formed Football Association on 9 January 1864. The members of the teams were chosen by the President of the FA (A. Pember) and the Secretary (E.C. Morley) and included many well-known footballers of the day.
From the 1860s, the park was home to the leading amateur football team Wanderers F.C., winners of the first FA Cup, in 1872. One team they are known to have played at the park was Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest football team, in the 1860s.
In 1924, a war memorial by Eric Kennington was unveiled by Field Marshal Plumer and the Bishop of Southwark. It commemorates the over 10,000 men killed or listed as "missing presumed dead" whilst serving with the 24th East Surrey Division. It is now Grade II* listed.
During both wars, anti-aircraft guns and barrage balloons were installed to help protect London from enemy air raids. Shelters were dug, part of the park was turned over to allotments for much needed vegetables and a pig farm was also set up. Maintenance of the park was reduced as the war effort took priority.