Finnish couple Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen took first place in the North American Wife Carrying Championship, which took place Saturday at Sunday River in Maine. The pair completed the race, a 260-yard course that includes sand traps, water holes, and hurdles, in 53.22 seconds. The couple used the popular Estonian method of wife carrying, in which the woman wraps her legs around her man’s neck and hangs down, facing his back. Their prize was a check for $530 and “the woman’s weight in beer.” This is Miettinen and Haapanen’s second wife carrying title, having already won the World Championship in Helsinki this past July.
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