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[Video] In this annual competition the men do the running while carrying a wife of their choice. A wife must be older than 17 and weigh more than 108 pounds (49 kilos). The practice originates from the 1800s where men in Finland would take women from the next town over as he pleased. This is said to be some sort of gang initiation [source]. The obstacle course is about 830 feet long and fully equipped with pavement, rocks, sand, ditches and pools of water. If you drop your wife during the competition 15 points are deducted from your score.
The winner of the contest gets his wife's weight in beer.


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