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Racing your wife for beer

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Talk about being a supportive spouse.

Wife carrying Flickr photo by Kimusan

Wife carrying Flickr photo by Kimusan

This weekend, nearly 50 couples competed in the National Wife Carrying Championships at a Maine ski resort to win five times the wife’s weight in cash — and her weight in beer.

This year, Rocco Andreozzi and Kim Wasco of Maine won their second consecutive championship and the right to compete in the world competition in Finland. And nine cases of beer.

The couple completed an uphill, obstacle-laden, water pit-filled 250-meter course and took 12 seconds off their winning time from last year with a 49-second finish.

Unfortunately, news reports neglected to mention the kind of beer the winners took home. The fact that the event was sponsored by Bud Light provides a pretty strong clue, however.

Because this event has its origins in Finnish lore, there could be an opportunity for a new international beer sponsorship. It would especially make sense given that Finland is seven spots ahead of the United States in per capital consumption at No. 9.

So if you want to start training for next year, raise your glass — and your wife.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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