NEWRY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fifty couples competed in this year's North American Wife Carrying Championships.
It's an annual event at Sunday River - site of the North American Championships.
Couples race through a 278 yard obstacle course that includes sawhorses and dirt hills, and perhaps the trickiest hazard, an intimidating mud pit.
Couples don't actually have to be married, just over the age of 21.
Most of them use what's called the "estonian hold," where the wife grabs her husband around the waist and clamps her legs around his neck, giving him the freedom to move his arms.
This year's winners were Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen from Finland; the two have won the world championships for the past four years and say there is a strategy to every course.
With a winning time of 52.58 seconds, the victors win Kristiina's weight in beer, and five times her weight in cash.
Barely half a second behind them was the second place couple: Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault from South Paris.