The 18th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship took place in Newry, Maine, on Saturday. The contestants raced each other over a 278 yard (254 meter) obstacle course, in which husbands waded through water and clambered over hurdles while carrying their wives. This year's winners were Kirsten and Jake Barney from Lexington, Virginia. The first-placed pair won beer totaling Kirsten's... Еще weight, and an entry into the World Championship, which takes place in Finland the following summer. Wife-carrying is based on the Finnish legend of 'Ronkainen the Robber' who used to test aspiring gang members by making them carry sacks of corn or animals over a similar obstacle course.