True love is tested where man and woman struggle physically to win a race together…literally
by Chloe Nudo
It’s said that love can move mountains, or make you do crazy things and this week’s weird sport is one of those crazy lovers games where man and woman race together, with the woman on the man’s back.
The origin of this sport comes from Finland, back in the day men would choose their wives by running to their village, picking them up, and carrying them off. Now although this is seen as somewhat of a joke, the sport is taken very seriously as it has a committee, the IWCCR (International Wife Carrying Competition Rules Committee), which creates rules as times change.
Now the rules needed changing as when this sport started it was set in more of an outdoor and natural terrain track but now the tracks can be man-made as long as they meet the requirements.
The rules about the length of track are simple, the track must be 253.5 meters. It must have two dry obstacles and a water obstacle, about one meter deep.
There are two positions that competitors can race: the wives can be carried in a Piggy-Back style, the classic ride or Estonian-style the more complex but preferred style. This position is when the husband put his wife on his back upside down so that her legs wrap around his neck and her arms around his waist.
When it comes to the wife to be carried, it could be your own, the neighbor’s, or you could find one but she must be over 17 years old. Also you can’t carry twigs, the minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilograms, which is roughly 110 pounds. If she is less than 49 kg, the wife will have to carry a rucksack containing additional weight so she can reach the minimum of 49 kg.
Now for the husband’s all they can have as equipment is a belt that the woman can hold on to depending on her position of choice. The contest is done two couples at a time so each heat is a contest in itself. To enter there is 50 euro fee. However there are other winners too, Most Entertaining Couple, Best Costume, and Strongest Carrier who get special prizes. The winners in the World Championship of the race are determined by the couple who completes the course in the shortest time and the grand prize, you win your wife’s weight in beer.
If you want to see some of the races check out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auCbdhFDr_Y