Wife Carrying Race

Coming 2019


There's carrying her over the threshold and then there's going the 'whole 9 yards'!


Grab your wife, girlfriend, neighbour or your best friend and see if you can outlast the best by carrying her the full distance.


Rules & entry forms below

History of the Sport

Originating in Finland. Tales have been passed down of a man named Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen who, in the late 1800s, lived in a forest with his gang of thieves causing harm to the villages.  Rosvo-Ronkainen his thieves were accused of stealing food and women from villages in the area, carrying these women on their backs as they ran away. .

Though the sport is often considered a joke, competitors take it very seriously.

Wife carrying contests are now seen in Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, Estonia, the UK and other parts of the world besides Finland, and the sport has a category in the Guinness Book of Records.


Downloadable Rules
Wife Carrying Rules.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 189.4 KB

Wife Carrying Race Entrance Fee per couple

Carry your wife across the finishing line in first place and win her weight in prizes.



Wife Carrying Waiver.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 228.1 KB


  • The 'wife' to be carried may be your own, or the neighbour's, or you may have found her further afield; she must, however, be over 18 years of age.
  • The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 50 Kg (110lbs)
  • Several types of carrying positions may be used: piggyback, over the shoulder, or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband's shoulders, holding onto his waist).
  • All participants must enjoy themselves.
  • The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier and a helmet worn by the carried.
  • Each contestant takes care of his/her safety and, if deemed necessary, insurance.
  • The contestants have to pay attention to the instructions given by the organizers of the competition.
  • If the 'wife' touches the ground with any part of her body the 'carrier' must stop and raise her up to carrying position before continuing.
  • The winner is the couple who completes the course in the shortest time.  Heats may be involved depending on the number of entries.
  • Winners prize will be determined by the ‘wife’s’ weight.

Application Form

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.