Kelly Gneiting, who calls himself the 'Fat Man,' is six feet tall with a 60-inch waist that makes him five feet around the middle. He has represented the United States for the last 7 years at the World Sumo Championships or World Games. Through the marathon, he wishes to send a message to a society that seems obsessed with being thin. The wrestler quotes, “I'll have something very few thin people out there can say about themselves. ‘I'll have made a little history.”
Sumo wrestlers in the heavyweight division, from left Americus Abesamis, Dan Kalbfleisch and Kelly Gneiting, wait for their turn to compete in the US Sumo National Championships, which were held on the Venice Beach basketball courts in Venice, Calif., on Saturday, June 13, 2009.