North American Wife Carrying Championship
Maine couple Jesse Wall and Christina Arsenault won the 15th North American Wife Carrying Championship on Saturday.
Fifty couples raced along a 254 metre course with the women mostly clinging upside down to the men’s backs. The race, which originated in Finland, is intended to evoke the spirit of a legendary Finnish brigand, Rosvo-Ronkainen, who made those who wanted to join his gang run through a forest carrying heavy sacks on their backs.
In the modern version couples race along a track tackling mud, a pool and hurdles. According to organisers, most “wives” are volunteers.