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Answer to Quiz #477- May 24, 2015
1. Record for...
2. For what cause?
3. How can you be part of the action?

How Megan Solved the Puzzle
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.,
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 :-).

Megan Neilsen
Comments from Our Readers
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).
John Thatcher
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!  
Grace Hertz
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.
Roger Lipsett
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.
Carol Farrant
Yes the quiz turned out to be quite easy but I wouldn’t want to run in those suits!!
Maggie Gould
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.
Ellen Welker
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? ;)
Cindy Costigan
If we have a Sumo Quizmasters Run, I’ll be the one huffing and puffing at the back
of the pack.
Carol Farrant
Maybe you can get the sumo run to run in the U.S. !
Tom Collins
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.
Gus Marsh
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!
Elaine C. Hebert
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.
Judy Pfaff

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Cindy Costigan                Darlene Anderson
Marcelle Comeau                Tynan Peterson
Ellen Welker                Tom Collins
Jim Kiser                Janice M. Sellers
Maggie Gould                Felicia Rodrigues
John Thatcher                Joshua Kreitzer
Gus Marsh                Collier Smith
Judy Pfaff                Margaret Paxton
Jon Edens                Brett Robinson
Roger Lipsett                Carol Farrant
Tony Knapp                Elaine C. Hebert
Megan Neilsen                Megan Neilsen
Arthur Hartwell                Rebecca Bare

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Would Have Been Another Chance to Engage in Sumo-Sports
1.  Largest gathering of people running in sumo
suits (Guiness Book of World Records)
2.  Link Community Development that provides improved access to
quality education in Sub-Saharan Africa
3.  Click here to register your interest now
and be the first to know when registration for Sumo Run 2015 opens!
Dozens of fun runners have donned giant sumo wrestler suits
to take part in a race around a south-west London park.
27 July 2014

London’s Sumo Run has Japanese confused
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

“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

“As a Japanese, this made me smile, but what the heck is the point of

“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

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
Battersea Park
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
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Battersea Park
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

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
Guinness Festival Clock
Battersea Park
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.