Official Rules of Wife Carrying

Set by the International Wife Carrying Competition Rules Commitee, here are the Rules of Wife Carrying.  My favourite is #5 – all participants must have fun!

The Rules of Wife Carrying
  1. The length of the official track is 253.5 meters, and the surface of the track is partially sand, partially grass and partially gravel.
  2. The track has two dry obstacles and a water obstacle, about one meter deep.
  3. The wife to be carried may be your own, the neighbour’s or you may have found her farther afield; she must, however, be over 17 years of age.
  4. The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilos. If it is less than 49 kilos, the wife will be burdened with such a heavy rucksack that the total weight to be carried is 49 kilos.
  5. All the participants must have fun.
  6. If a contestant drops his wife, he has to relift her on to his back or in his arms and continue carrying.
  7. The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier.
  8. The contestants run the race two at a time, so each heat is a contest in itself.
  9. Each contestant takes care of his/her safety and, if deemed necessary, insurance.
  10. There is only one category in the World Championships and the winner is the couple who completes the course in the shortest time.
  11. Also the most entertaining couple, the best costume and the strongest carrier will be awarded a special prize.
Ciara Crossan

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