Couples from all around the world travelled to Sonkajaervi, Finland, this weekend to participate in the 21st World Wife Carrying Championships.
The bizarre race takes place annually and challenges men to sprint along a 250-meter track with their wives clinging to their backs. The husbands have to cross two dry and one water obstacle in order to complete the course. If someone accidentally drops their significant other, they would have to pick them up and resume the race.
To take part in the event, the wife must be heavier than 49 kg and older than 17. Unmarried men can also “borrow” their neighbor’s wife.
This year, Russian couple Dimitriy Sagal and Anastasia Loginova took the crown by completing the entire course in 01:02.78, beating five times world champion Finnish couple Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen by 5 seconds.
The couple would take home the weight of the winning wife in beer as the trophy. The event also awards prizes to the most entertaining couple, the best costume and the strongest carrier.
The competition purportedly stems from an earlier tribal practice of wife stealing.
Find out more in the video above.