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Oct 11, 2015 5:09 PM

Lebanon couple wins North American Wife Carrying Championship


NEWRY, Maine — A Lebanon, N.H. couple took first place in the 16th Annual North American Wife Carrying Contest at the Sunday River Ski Resort on Sunday.

According to the River Valley Sun Journal, winners, Sam Brakeley and Steph Reighart won by just 5 seconds, finishing the course with a time of 1:05:30.

"We were like one person, two people as one," Brakeley told the Sun Journal after the race.

The event requires couples, with the man carrying the woman on his back, to race through a 278-yard obstacle course featuring log hurdles, sand traps, and "the always popular "widowmaker" water hazard," according to Sunday River's website.

According to the website, the first modern day wife-carrying event was held in Finland in 1991. Qualifying events are also held in Australia, Sweden and Estonia. The course at Sunday River is built to international specifications at 278 yards, with two dry obstacles and one water obstacle.

This year, couples came from all over the country, including a couple from Oakland, Calif., who registered on a whim and came in third place. The event also brought a large crowd of excited and energetic people cheering on each couple as they made their way through the course.

The prize? The wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.


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