A Lithuanian couple completed a nearly 300-yard dash over the weekend to win the title of ‘wife carrying’ world champions for the second year in a row.
Vytautas Kirkliauskas ran the 278-yard obstacle course in Sonkajarvi, Finland in just one minute and 6.72 seconds on Saturday, all while his wife Neringa was strapped to his back.
"After the second obstacle I thought I wouldn't make, but it's a great result," Kirkliauskas said, adding, "my wife, she is the best."
The Kirkliauskas won the tournament for a second consecutive year, beating the six-time world champion Taisto Miettinen of Finland and his new partner Katja Kovanen.
Couples from over a dozen countries, including Australia, France and Germany, took part in the annual race, which only requires that the woman must be over 17-years-old and weigh at least 108 pounds.
The weight of the female contestant plays an important role in the competition as the winners get to bring home the wife's weight in beer.
“The heavier the wife, the more beer for them,” Eero Pitkanen, the competition's founder, said.
Despite the event's name, couples don't actually have to be married. Organizers say male contestants could "steal a neighbor's wife" if they don't have a female companion.