Finnish Couple Wins 19th World Wife Carrying Championships

Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman, a Finnish couple, have won 19th World Wife Carrying Championships—a competition, if you couldn't guess, in which men race while carrying a female teammate.

According to the Associated Press, the couple finished the 278-yard obstacle course in 63.75 seconds on Saturday. The pair secured their victory less than a second ahead of Britain's Rich Blake Smith and Anna Marguerite Smith. Here's the AP with the rules:

The rules stipulate that the woman must be over 17 years of age and weigh at least 49 kilograms (108 lb). Despite the event's name couples don't have to be married, and organizers say male contestants could "borrow a neighbor's wife" if they didn't have a female companion.

The men can carry their teammate in various ways, though a popular method is for the woman to hang upside-down with her legs around the male contestant's shoulders.

Thirty-six pairs from countries including Australia, Japan, and the United States took part in this year's race.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

[image via AP]