Wife-carrying contest is a fall classic at Maine ski resort

In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Jaime Devine is carried by her husband, Thomas Devine, of Boston, Mass., during the North American Wife Carrying Championship at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Jaime Devine is carried by her husband, Thomas Devine, of Boston, Mass., during the North American Wife Carrying Championship at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. –AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Baseball’s fall classic focuses on an American pastime. A Maine ski resort has its own fall classic based on a Finnish tradition.

Sunday River is hosting the North American Wife Carrying Championship on Saturday.

The event features male competitors completing a 278-yard course while carrying a woman. The winner gets the weight of his “wife” in beer and five times her weight in cash.

The legend behind the event is based on Finland’s “Ronkainen the Robber,” whose gang was known to pillage villages and take the women.

Saturday’s first-place finisher gets to participate in the world championship next year in Finland, where the event got its modern start in 1992.

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