Wife Carrying Competition
Participating in events as a couple can be a rewarding experience that will strengthen a relationship. Many couples tend to exercise, run marathons, and occasionally attend a local pottery class together, but none of them are more thrilling and rewarding as the Wife Carrying Championship.
Held at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, the North America Wife Carrying Championship (WCC) is a competition where teams devised of either married or unmarried couples compete against one another to see who can finish the obstacle course with the fastest time. While the course is only 278 yards, it’s not a walk in the park. Teams must endure sand traps, log hurdles, and even water hazards before reaching the finish line. And remember, they must do this while carrying their significant other on their back.
Since its North American debut in 1999, the WCC has become a popular sport for couples who are into fitness and endurance races. Winning the race will not only earn the couple a chance to compete in the world championship hosted in Finland but will also grant the winner the “Wife’s or Girlfriend’s” weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.
This year’s WCC was held on October 8th. There were over 1000 spectators in attendance as they watched 43 couples maneuver their way through an unforgiving course. Each team was able to choose how they would like to carry their significant other. They can pick the fireman’s carry, the piggyback, or the Estonia carry, which is where the woman hangs upside down while her legs are draped over her husband’s shoulders. Also, there is no rule stating who can carry who. While occasionally a female will carry a man, most of the time, the male will carry the female.
Only after each team had completed the course were the times evaluated, and it was announced that Elliot and Giana Storey, a husband and wife from Westbrook, Maine had won the 2016 Wife Carrying Competition. The couple finished with an impressive time of 59.18 seconds. As for the beer and cash, they walked away with 11 cases of Goose Island Octoberfest beer and $665 in cash prizes.
While they have qualified to compete in Finland, they can choose not to do so. Since the US has competed in the World Championship, no American team has come in first. The best a US team has ever placed was fifth, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.
Do you and your significant other have what it takes to become the next Wife Carrying Champions? Start training for the 2017 Wife Carrying Competition, and don’t forget to stock up on your favorite supplements from the Asylum that are sure to have you blasting through the Wife Carrying course in no time.
Article by Chris Piner