Finnish Couple Wins Wife-Carrying Championship

NEWRY, Maine (October 8, 2012)--Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen, a Finnish couple, added to their victories by taking first place in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Maine's Sunday River ski resort.

They traveled from Helsinki, Finland where they won the World Wife Carrying Championship for Saturday's contest.

They finished with a time of 52.58 seconds on a course that included hurdles, sand traps and a water hole.

The winners receive the woman's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.

For Miettinen and Haapanen, that meant a check for $530.

They shared their beer winnings with the second- and third- place finishers, Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault of South Paris and David and Lacey Castro of Lewiston.

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