51 Couples Set to Compete in 12th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship

By AlpineZone News |
Sep 21 2011 - 09:02 AM

Newry, Maine (September 19, 2011)-Sunday River Ski Resort will host 51 couples for its 12th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship (NAWCC) taking place on Saturday, October 8, 2011. This is the first time in the history of the NAWCC that the event has completely sold out of available registration spots prior to race day.

Notable registrants for this year’s race include 2009 NAWCC Champions and fifth place finishers at the 2011 Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajarven, Finland, Dave and Lacey Castro of Lewiston, Maine, as well as 2010 NAWCC second place finishers, Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault of Portland, Maine.

The remaining 49 other couples registered will come from points as far away as Newburgh, Indiana and Richmond, Virginia, with the bulk of the participants coming in from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

On race day, couples will navigate a regulation-sized 278-yard obstacle course while the man carries his wife or teammate over hurdles and through the infamous water trap commonly referred to as the “Widow Maker.”

Teams do not have to be legally married to enter, but they must be comprised of a man and a woman and both must be over the age of 21. Prizes for the 2011 NAWCC include the wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.

The carry is the competitors’ choice, though most use the “Estonian” carry where the wife holds her husband around his waist and tightens her legs around his neck, thereby freeing the husband’s hands. The legend behind the contest and this carrying technique is based on Finnish history.

Sunday River’s annual NAWCC is a completely free event to watch and typically draws in upwards of 3,000 spectators. This year’s race will start at 11 a.m. and the course will be located just outside of the South Ridge Base Lodge.

For more information on the NAWCC, visit www.sundayriver.com.

High resolution images and broadcast-ready b-roll from past NAWCC events are available to download here: http://bit.ly/sundayrivermedia.

For all media inquiries, contact Darcy Morse at [email]dmorse@sundayriver.com[/email] or call 207-824-5243.

About Sunday River Ski Resort-New this year, Sunday River is excited to announce $4 million in capital enhancements including improvements to snowmaking and grooming as well as two new real estate developments. Located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in Western Maine’s Mahoosuc Mountains, Sunday River is a four-season destination offering eight interconnected peaks covered in the most dependable snow in New England, two Grand Resort Hotels and in the warmer months, golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or go a step further, and become part of the family on our very own online Community.