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Enter to Win Your Wife’s Weight In Beer

Registration for the 2014 North American Wife Carrying Championship opens Monday, August 4

July 30, 2014

Newry, Maine (July 30, 2014)-Registration for one of Sunday River Resort's 50 highly coveted couple spots  for the 15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship opens on Monday, August 4 at noon. The grand prize? Fame and a small fortune of beer, equal to the wife's weight, plus five times her weight in cash. 

"Registration spots sell out every year," Caroline Ochtera, Events Marketing Manager for Sunday River Resort, says. "We give any regional wife carrying champions, world champions, and past North American champions, free entry into our event, which is on top of the 50 couple spots that we register, so you know that there will be a mix of serious and not-so-serious competitors."

Couples who make the registration cutoff on Monday, August 4 will then go on to compete in the 15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championships at Sunday River on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Registration takes place online at sundayriver.com and costs $50 per couple.

Based upon Finnish folklore and modern World Wife Carrying Championship rules, couples do not actually have to be married to compete, but do have to be comprised of a man and woman. For the North American Wife Carrying Championship, both participants must also be of legal drinking age.

Also based on Finland's World Wife Carrying event is the North American Wife Carrying Championship's 278-yard long course, complete with obstacles. During the North American Wife Carrying Championship, couples can expect to maneuver everything from log hurdles and sand traps to a steep mountainside and a man-made pond. To determine the North American Wife Carrying Champion, all couples compete two-by-two for time, and the two couples with the fastest times then race against one another for the championship title and prizes, including money and beer. For more information on Sunday River Resort's North American Wife Carrying Championship, visit sundayriver.com.

About Wife-Carrying: The idea of wife-carrying is Sonkajärvi, Finland's very own. Despite its humorous name, the sport has deep roots in Finnish and Estonian history and is based on a brigand named Rosvo-Ronkainen, who only accepted men capable of proving their worth and strength. In those days, a common practice was stealing women from the neighboring villages and running through a rigorous course. About Sunday River Resort: Sunday River is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in Western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the resort offers eight interconnected peaks of world class skiing and snowboarding, the most slopeside lodging in the east including two resort hotels, and in the summer months activities including lift-serviced mountain biking, ziplines, and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. ###