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Win your wife’s weight in beer, plus cash, at the North American Wife Carrying Championship

28 Sep

I had known about the Finnish sport of wife-carrying (my parents once did it on a trip to Finland), but I hadn’t appreciated, till reading this Fox News item, that there is a North American version: the North American Wife Carrying Championship, in Newry, Maine, held each Columbus Day weekend, apparently going for over a decade now.

Contestants consist of pairs of husband-wife teams (though apparently, they allow unmarried couples as well, oh well), running through and around a variety of obstacles – e.g. up sand dunes, through waterholes.  If you drop your partner at any point, a time penalty is added to your total time.

As with the Finnish ones, if you win, you win your wife’s weight in beer, as well as cash, which is awesome, though it does present a quandary of sorts: on the one hand, the bigger your wife is, the more beer you’d get – BUT obviously, the smaller she is, the more likely you are to win…  I wonder if anyone has worked out an optimal wife’s weight to husband’s weight ratio, for these sorts of competitions?

Here are some pictures and a video from previous years of the North American Wife Carrying Championship:

 
12 Comments

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in America, Fuck Yeah!, good news, on the lighter side

 

12 responses to “Win your wife’s weight in beer, plus cash, at the North American Wife Carrying Championship

  1. electricangel1978

    September 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Note the height-weight proportionality of the wives of the winners. This makes them doubly winners!

     
  2. Will S.

    September 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Exactly!

     
  3. David Collard

    September 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I once saw a slightly drunk man, during a game of Trivial Pursuit of all things, express his excitement by lifting his willing wife above his head as if she were a training weight. It was incredibly dramatic and erotic. Like something out of a Norse saga.

     
  4. Will S.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Ha; love it! 🙂

     
  5. David Collard

    September 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Will, it was one of the most dramatic things I have ever seen. I think they had it down as a party trick. She wasn’t a small girl either, as I recall. These days I would speculate on the moistness of her panties afterwards.

    I carried the Missus over the threshold. She was a bit lighter in those days.

     
  6. David Collard

    September 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    One of the funniest things about it was that no-one really seemed very surprised. It was, “oh, look, his wife is over his head … time for the next trivia question.”

    Another such surreal moment of general insouciance was after a Latin Mass one day. A very Trad young woman just dropped to her knees in front of the priest to receive a blessing. Everybody just kept on sipping their tea …

     
  7. Will S.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    You have a dirty mind. 😉

     
  8. David Collard

    September 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, no I didn’t mean that. Seriously. I don’t “do” sacrilege.

     
  9. Will S.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Ah, okay.

     
  10. Will S.

    October 14, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog and commented:

    The CBC just put up a photo gallery of their own about the North American Wife Carrying Championship, presumably from this year’s contest, which would have been this Columbus Day weekend, just ended.

     
  11. Shnarglebarg der Vunderheit, Jr.

    June 9, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    For some reason I keep thinking of the Beatles singing, “Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight, carry that weight a long time!” Cheers.

     
    • Will S.

      June 10, 2016 at 1:43 am

      🙂