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Monday, October 11, 2010

Wife Carrying for Fun and Beer

I posted about the Wife-Carrying Championship back in January, to give those interested time to train for it and make plans to compete.  Well, this past weekend the event was held again.  (part of this post is a repeat of the original, to refresh your memory if you were here in January, and to bring you up to date of you weren't!)


Every October (Columbus Day Weekend, to be exact) in the small town of Newry, Maine there's an event held called the Wife-Carrying Championship. This competition involves couples traversing an obstacle course, one carrying the other, in the fastest time. I say one carrying the other, because even though it is called the Wife-Carrying Championship, the husband may carry the wife, or the wife may carry the husband; each couple has the choice.

The course is 278 yards and includes an uphill run, a ten meter knee-to-waist-deep water obstacle, (the depth of the water depends on how wet or dry the summer has been), two 39-inch high log hurdles, and a sand course. The race is held on the lower slopes of Sunday River Ski Area, and there are usually 2000 or more spectators, and as many as 50 couples competing.

RULES:

Couples must consist of one male and one female.

Couples do not have to be married.

There is a time penalty for wife-dropping.



CARRY METHODS:

Competitors are encouraged to be creative. The only stipulation is that the person being carried must not touch the ground. (as mentioned above, there is a penalty for dropping the passenger.)

The 3 most common carries are

The fireman's carry (draped over one shoulder)
The piggyback carry(on the carriers back with arms wrapped about carriers neck and legs wrapped around carriers waist)

The Estonian carry ( passenger is upside down on the carrier's back with legs locked around carrier's neck, and arms wrapped around carrier's waist. This is the method most often used by winners.)


Note: It is important that during the Estionian carry that the passenger be in the back rather than in the front, for fear of disqualification under Conduct Code, Section 69.


THE PRIZE:

The winner gets the wife's weight in beer, plus 5 times the wife's weight in cash.

In the past, additional prizes have been awarded for best costumes, and most entertaining couple

Here are some photos, Courtesy of AmericaZoom, of this year's competition:











And of course, some video, as well:



Winners of the Competition are eligible to compete in the World Wife Carrying Championships held annually in Finland.

Hubby and I are considering entering this next year, because being both retired, we could use some extra income, and at my weight, the prize would be a small fortune--plus he would have enough beer to keep him tipsy for a year!

We haven't yet worked out which of us would carry and which would be the passenger; his knees are bad, which would make carrying a challenge for him. On the other hand, he's so much taller than I am, that if I carry and we used the most efficient Estonian method, there is some danger that his head could be bumping on the ground, or at the very least underwater when we wade through the water obstacle. These are wrinkles that we have to work through. No one said this would be easy!


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26 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i have found a new aspiration...and when i carry my wife over the finish line...i will most assuredly yell out your name...

DJan said...

Eva, you do come up with the most amazing things! Those pictures are incredible, and since I wasn't following you in January, this is all new to me! Hilarious!

natalee said...

LOL!! I am soo showing this to hubby....LOL!! you crack me up....my hubby would be in heaven with my weight in beer....lol hugs

Joann Mannix said...

Conduct code--Section 69! Brilliant!

A couple of them looked like they were carrying a heavy load, but then again, the cash prize would be worth the backache.

Let me know if you enter. It looks like stupendous fun!

Pat said...

I showed this to my husband and he had a good laugh! He said, "You notice that they're all YOUNG people!" He was kind enough not to say anything about not being able to carry his WIFE! LOL!

I loved this! This was great!

Debbie said...

What a hoot! Now the problem with that common carrying method is that I think I would get very tickled and sometimes when I get very tickled...
Well, I'll let you fill in the rest:)

Jen said...

I don't think my husband every would have been thirsty enough for any beer to carry me......and I think I would have up-chucked....being upside down and boucing on his back!!!!Good one.Eva

Jen said...

I don't think my husband every would have been thirsty enough for any beer to carry me......and I think I would have up-chucked....being upside down and boucing on his back!!!!Good one.Eva

Kelley said...

That really made me laugh out loud!!! hahaha!! I love how most couples prefer to be carried. This is good stuff! Speaking of good stuff...your comment on the Cheeseboy's guest post on my blog made me laugh. If I was close enough and could follow him around with crackers in hand, I so would. Mmmm!! (And, I'm totally with you- blue cheese stinks! Blue cheese is never guest posting on MY blog!)

Elenka said...

If you and your hubby did this, I, for one, would GO THERE and cheer you on. For sure!!!!! Oh yes.
Keep me posted, will ya?

Reeni said...

This looks like quite the adventure! And lots of fun. I would love to see a wife carrying her husband!

jules said...

This is insane! I can't imagine partaking! But all the power in the world to you two! ha ha.

Sidenote, I am CRACKING up that you wrote, "slut" on my page today! HA HA HA! As always, you make me laugh!

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injaynesworld said...

That is truly one of the most bizarre competitions I have ever seen. You folks in Maine sure know how to have a good time. LOL!

wendy said...

Found you through An Average Girl's blog. It is always fun to visit new people.

My and my hubby are retired too. He was a fire Captain in the force for 37 years, and I am retired by having married him only a year ago. Bonus for me eh.

THAT competition sounds hysterical. I don't know If I could ever do it. In order for hubby to CARRY me, I better get loosing some of my junk in my trunk that I have gained with being RETIRED.

Pearl said...

That is hilarious -- and proof of love if ever there was one!

Pearl

p.s. Conduct Code, Section 69? Now THAT was a touch of brilliance.

Michelle Saunderson said...

I love it. I will have to show my other half and see if he is up to it. LOL

David Waters said...

That sounds like an event that can't be missed...lol

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: You never know...He might have done it...but I don't know about the up-chucking part!

Jules: As far as slut goes, I call them like I see them! lol

Michelle: Let him know there's beer involved. It might spark his interest!

The Retired One said...

Did I tell you that my husband and myself are both half Finnish. I am not kidding, God's honest truth.
So now you know why I am the way I am. haaaa

bettyl said...

Just reading the title of your post made me start giggling!

Kristy said...

OMG - this is hilarious! I love it! How fun. That is exactly the kind of fun I needed. Clicked over from BPOTW this time!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi, Eva. :) That is hilarious!! Laughed at the penalty for "wife dropping." Ha! Thanks so much for joining the party. :)

Sherilin Riley said...

that's some good stuff, right there! i loved your smooth 69 reference like it was in the rule book. =)

Paula said...

It's too bad that the competition is in Maine and that I work. My hubby and I would have a blast participating. Seriously!!

Marla said...

I can't stop laughing. Too funny!