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5,000 sprint for title of Lucky Man

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Some 5,000 men burst through the gates of Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture at 6 a.m. on Friday morning and raced 230 meters toward the shrine's main hall with the frontrunners attempting to capture the title of fuku-otoko ("Lucky Man").

The annual New Year ceremony, which has been held since the Edo period, is associated with Ebisu, a god of prosperous business. The first three participants to reach the main gates are considered Japan's luckiest men for the year.

The lucky runner who took first place was Yusuke Kuroki, a 33-year-old high school teacher from Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Fuji TV reported. It was the 13th time he had participated in the race. He said he hopes his win will bring good luck to his students.

Among the prizes Kuroki received were a barrel of sake and rice.

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Unless you are drawn in the first 10 to 12 numbers you may as well not bother running the short 230 metres over the narrow course. You could be Usain Bolt at the back of the field but you're not getting anywhere past all those who fall at the gate.

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So their luck depends on their personal performance and achievement?  Who would have ever thought this....

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I won the Unlucky Man title once.

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Cool to see a man in his 30s beat out all the early 20s runners that usually win.

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This is unfair competition unless your in the front pack and like in this one at the beginning already there were runners outside the door.

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The man wearing the red shirt (centre of photo) was the winner.

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Billy Beane: "The problem we're trying to solve is that there are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there's 50 feet of crap. And then there's us. It's an unfair game."

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Why is there never a follow-up on last year's lucky man?

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Bottle neck causing people to get trampled on the right side of the photo.

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