World champions, Finland's Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen, leap on July 2, 2011 during the Wife Carrying World Championship competition in Sonkajarvi, Finland. AFP PHOTO / VESA MOILANEN - FINLAND OUT - (Photo credit should read VESA MOILANEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen traveled from Helsinki, Finland - where they won the World Wife Carrying Championship - for Saturday's contest. The Sun Journal (bit.ly/Q30QWq) reports that the couple finished with a time of 52.58 seconds on a course that includes hurdles, sand traps and a water hole.
The winners receive the woman's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.
For Miettinen and Haapanen, that meant a check for $530. They shared their beer winnings with the second- and third- place finishers - Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault of South Paris and David and Lacey Castro of Lewiston.
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