The 2005 Wife Carrying World Championships is taking place July 2 during the Sonkajarvi County Fair and dozens of back- breaking participants will stumble along a 900-foot course of sand, gravel and grass surfaces which includes land and water obstacles.
While there is no maximum to the weight of the participants, skinny, bone-showing females a la Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are not allowed, with the minimum weight set at 108 pounds.
The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier.
In addition to a cash prize, the couple that completes the course in the fastest time usually around a minute receives the equivalent of the wifes weight in beer.
There are also awards for most entertaining couple, best costume and the strongest carrier.
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