This insane obstacle course is navigated with the wife carried face down on the husband's back her arms wrapped around his waist and legs around his neck. The race even has a giant mud puddle (called the widow maker) to get through. Crazy right?

The 19th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship is happening on Saturday, October 6, 2018 as the major attraction for Sunday River's Fall Festival Weekend in Bethel.

According to the Sunday River website, couples from all over the nation will compete for the chance of entry into the World Wife Carrying Championship next year in Finland where it started in the early 90s. The winners will also get the wife's weight in beer and 5 times her weight in cash. Couples don't have to be married to participate, but they do have be 21 and over.

Looks like registration is all filled up. But if you want, there is a waiting list for hopeful competitors.

Last year's second place winners were from Maine. They are Westbrook neighbors Gianna and Elliot Storey.


In 2016, they won 1st place and went on to compete in World Championship. Watch their victory here!



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