In the Wife Carrying World Championships held annually in the
town of Sonkaj?Īrvi, men carry their wives on their backs over an
820 foot (250m) course comprising obstacles and even a water jump.
The winner is awarded his spouse's weight in beer. Several types of
carry may be practised, namely piggyback, fireman's carry or
Estonian-style, where the wife hangs upside-down with her legs
round her husband's shoulders, holding onto him waist. Participants
must pay a EUR50 registration fee.
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