The 20th annual Wife Carrying Championship was this weekend in Maine

It looks and sounds sexist but it continues to be popular here and in Europe.

A couple from Delaware won the annual North American Wife Carrying Championship Saturday in Maine. Olivia Rowling and Jerome Roehm finished in 55.95 seconds, took home six cases of beer and five times Rowling’s weight in cash, totaling $555.

… The first wife-carrying World Championship began in Sonkajärvi, Finland, in 1992, and the North American Championship began in Maine in 1999.

… According to, wife carrying originated in Finland, and its history is based on the legend Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen, or “Ronkainen the Robber,” a nefarious Finnish bandit who, as legend has it, terrorized villages and stole women, carrying them away on his back.

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