I have found out what I will be training for this upcoming year.
WGME reports that on Saturday, Jake and Kirsten Barney of Lexington, Virginia won the 2017 North American Wife Carrying Championship in Sunday River, Maine.
Yes, this is a real thing.
Wife carrying is a competition where males race through an obstacle course while carrying a female teammate, usually their wives. The objective is for the husband to carry his wife in the fastest time. The female may be carried one of three ways: piggyback, over the shoulder or upside-down with her legs around the husband’s shoulders, holding onto his waist. The sport was first introduced in Sonkajärvi, Finland, where the World Championships have taken place since 1992.
The annual event in Maine features a course with log hurdles and a water obstacle called the Widow Maker.
The Barneys won the 2016 Wyoming Wife Carrying Champions, but lost the American Championship last year by two seconds, to Giana and Elliot Storey of Westbrook, Maine, who went on to finish fourth in the World Championships this past July.
The Barneys received the traditional wife-carrying prizes: five times her weight in cash in addition to her weight in beer, which gave them 12 cases of beer and $630.
They have now qualified for the next World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland in 2018.