Wife-car­ry­ing cham­pion wins $630, cases of beer

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

It was a messy slog, but a Vir­ginia cou­ple reaped the re­wards of cash — and beer — in the North Amer­i­can Wife Car­ry­ing Cham­pi­onship.

Jake and Kirsten Bar­ney, from Lex­ing­ton, Vir­ginia, fin­ished first Satur­day on an alpine course made all the more dif­fi­cult be­cause Jake was car­ry­ing his wife on his back when he trudged through wa­ter and jumped over logs.

The cou­ple placed sec­ond last year. The event is based on the Fin­land leg­end of “Ronkainen the Rob­ber,” whose gang pil­laged vil­lages and took the women.

Th­ese days, men usu­ally carry women, but they don’t have to be mar­ried and the cou­ple can choose who car­ries whom.

The Bar­neys won five times Kirsten Bar­ney’s weight in cash — or $630 — and 12 cases of beer.

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