Wife Carrying Championship
  • The North American Wife Carrying Championship has a new champion
  • The winner took home five times the weight of his 'wife' in money
  • The victory also earned the couple a trip to Finland

The North American Wife Carrying Championship has taken place, with the winner taking home five times the weight of his 'wife' in money.

Held in Maine, the 18th instalment of the annual event took place on Saturday.

Dozens of married couples were cheered on by spectators as they hauled their significant others over obstacles and through a water pit.

Jake and Kirsten Barney, from the state of Virginia, completed the regulation Wife Carrying course in 58.26 seconds to claim the top prize of 12 cases of beer and a check for five times Kirsten's weight, in pounds, which equaled $630.

The victory also earned the couple a trip to Finland for the World Wife Carrying Championship next year.

Taisto Mietinen and Kristiina Haapanen are the six-time and reigning champions of the 250-metre obstacle course.

Called 'eukonkanto' in Finnish, the even originated from a 19th century legend which recounts the tale of a team of a forest-dwelling robbers that would sneak into people's homes at night, kidnap women, and carry them into the woods.

The 2018 World Wife Carrying Championship will take place in Sonkajärvi, Finland, in March

Jack McKendrick and Kirsty Jones won the 10th UK Wife Carrying Race in March this year, which took place in Dorking, Surrey.