Oct 9, 2009

Wife Carrying

This is a sport 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).

Major wife-carrying competitions are held in Sonkajärvi, Finland (where the prize depends on the wife's weight in beer); Monona and Minocqua, Wisconsin; and Marquette, Michigan.

The North American Wife Carrying Championships take place every year on Columbus Day Weekend at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. The 10th Annual event will take place this year. Many North American Champions go on to compete in the Finnish World Championship. I am sure they hold it on Columbus Day so it does not interfere with the Super Bowl.

1 comment:

  1. Hahahaha, Nice. But I don't think my husband, no matter how much he loved me, would do that!! What a good laugh for the afternoon! PS, I hate Christopher Columbus!!! ;-)
    Peace to you and yours,