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Cheese Rolling Race Looks Like A Dangerous, Smelly Way To Spend The Day

05/27/2015 03:44 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2015

Cheese rolling might not sound like the most dangerous activity. But for the brave souls who compete in the annual Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, U.K., it's a risky proposition.

Competitors routinely risk injury to chase after an 8 pound wheel of cheese in the race, which has taken place for over 200 years. Competitors take their marks at the top of a steep hill and wait for an organizer to unleash a large cheese wheel. They then chase the wheel, and the first person to reach the bottom of the hill wins.

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Participants tumble after the Double Gloucester cheese as it hurtles down Coopers Hill in the annual Cheese Rolling competition, held unofficially this year on Monday, May 25, 2015. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

In order to prepare for the race each year (and eliminate at least a few preventable falls), local organizers remove fences and chop down the tall grass.

The most recent Cheese Rolling took place midday on Monday. An estimated 4,000 people turned out to see the race, where competitor Chris Anderson claimed two of the top prizes (each prize: a wheel of cheese). Anderson has won a total of 15 events in the nearly 11 years he's participated. For those interested in going to the race next year, tickets can already be booked for the event on Monday, May 30, 2016.

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