Wife-carrying has its roots in the late 1800s when a gangster named Rosvo-Ronkainen living in Sonkajärvi, Finland accepted only men who can go through and accomplish a challenging race – stealing women from neighboring villages. Stealing women isn’t a practice anymore in the Finnish villages but the sport that emerged from it has become a tradition that’s been annually done since 1992.
Слайд 3: There are certain rules to follow during the competition as stated by the International Wife Carrying Competition Rules Committee:
The length of the official track is 253.5 meters with a sand track surface. The track has two dry obstacles and a water obstacle about one meter deep. The wife to be carried may be your own, or the neighbor’s, or you may have found her further afield; she must, however, be over 17 years of age. The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilograms. The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilograms. If a contestant drops the wife, he has to lift her on to his back or in his arms and continue carrying. The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier and a helmet worn by the carried. The winner is the couple who completes the course in the shortest time. 8)Also the most entertaining couple, the best costume, and the strongest carrier will be rewarded with a special prize.
There’s also a team competition wherein three men carry the wife in turns. There’s also a team competition wherein three men carry the wife in turns (it’s alcoholic for sure which probably adds to the fun of this race.) There are different ways the carriers can carry their wives: the piggyback, over the shoulder also known as the fireman’s carry, and the Estonian-style where the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the carrier’s shoulders while holding onto his waist. Besides Finland, the wife-carrying sport is also enjoyed in Australia, USA, South America, Hong Kong, and Estonia which carries the wife-carrying world record of 55.5 seconds.