Amusing Footage From North American Wife Carrying Championship

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Published: October 8, 2017

Couples jumped over logs and trudged through the mud to compete in the 18th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine on Saturday, October 7.

Held at Sunday River Resort in Maine since 1999, the race involves men carrying a female competitor around a course which includes fallen logs and ditches full of water, and dozens of couples took part in this bizarre game.

Wife carrying is a contest in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.

Several types of carry may be practiced: piggyback, fireman's carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband's shoulders, holding onto his waist).

Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland, since 1992 (where the prize depends on the wife's weight in beer).

Jake and Kirsten Barney, from Lexington, Virginia, finished first and won five times Kirsten Barney’s weight in cash or 630 US dollars and 12 cases of Goose Island beer.

The event is based on the Finland legend of “Ronkainen the Robber,” whose gang pillaged villages and took the women. Nowadays the men usually carry women, but they don’t have to be married and the couple can choose who carries whom.

"Well, we got second last year, so we wanted to shoot for first this year," said Jake after the race.

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