Wife Carrying

Wife carrying (Finnish: eukonkanto or akankanto, Swedish: kärringkånk, Estonian: naisekandmine) 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 practised: 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, Wisconsin; Minocqua, Wisconsin; Sunday_River in Newry,Maine and Marquette, Michigan.

The North American Wife Carrying Championships take place every year on Columbus Day Weekend in October at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.

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... Former NBA-superstar Dennis Rodman was present at the Wife-carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi in 2005 but did not compete due to health problems ...
... Sonkajärvi has gained a worldwide name for Wife Carrying (Finnish akankanto or eukonkanto) which is a sport of carrying women ... The first Wife Carrying World Championship dates to 1994, but the creation of the contest, apart from its humorous aspects, has deep roots in the local history ... In the Wife Carrying competition each team has one male and one female member, the objective being for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track ...

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