Wife Carrying Competition

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Event Info

19-10-2019 - 20-10-2019
10:00am - 1 :00 pm
Turtle Bay Beach Club
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Wife Carrying originated in Finland, and its history is based around the 19th century legend of Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen, or “Ronkainen the Robber.” There are three stories as to how the sport was created.

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History

Wife Carrying originated in Finland, and its history is based around the 19th century legend of Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen, or “Ronkainen the Robber.” There are three stories as to how the sport was created. First, Ronkainen and his thieves were accused of stealing food and women from villages in the area he lived in; then carried these women on their backs as they ran away. Second, it has been said the men would go to villages near their own to steal other men's wives, and then have the woman become their own wife. Third is the story that Ronkainen trained his thieves by carrying big, heavy sacks on their backs, which could have eventually evolved to a sport.

Competition Rules

The rules and regulations for wife carrying vary slightly from the World Championship rules on several points. The list below is the official set of rules and regulations for the Watamu Wife Carrying competition and are followed by most state and regional qualifying events.

Competitors
1) Teammates are not required to be legally married.
2) Either the man or woman can be carried
3) The only special equipment allowed to be worn by the carrier is a belt, which is optional.
4) Minimum weight limit of 49 kilograms / 108 pounds for the carried partner, weight belts are used to make up any difference in weight.)

 Awards

In addition to the product prize the world champions will receive the equivalent of the wife’s weight in beer, a bag full of wife carrying products and a statue with wife carrying motif.The second and the third couple as well as the most entertaining couple, the best costume and the strongest carrier will be awarded with wife carrying products 

The second and the third couple as well as the most entertaining couple, the best costume and the strongest carrier will be awarded with wife carrying products and statues