Virginia couple win North American Wife Carrying Championship

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Dozens of married couples participated in the 18th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine on Saturday.

Spectators cheered as contestants hauled their significant others over obstacles and through a water pit.

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Jake and Kirsten Barney, from the state of Virginia, completed the regulation Wife Carrying course in 58.26 seconds to claim the top prize of 12 cases of beer and a check for five times Kirsten’s weight, in pounds, which equaled $630.

The victory also earned the couple a trip to Finland for the World Wife Carrying Championship.

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