The province covers an area of 8,500 km², and there are 440,025 inhabitants (2000 census), making the Western Highlands one of the most densely populated provinces. Western Highlands is a province of Papua New Guinea. A Lithuanian couple completed a nearly 300 yard dash over the weekend to win the title of ‘wife carrying’ world champions for a second year in a row. People take part in the wife carrying race, a 278-yard obstacle course, during the 24th world championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, Saturday, July 6, 2019. 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Tales have been passed down of a man named Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen (aka Ronkainen the Robber[1]). Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. “The heavier the wife, the more beer for them,” Eero Pitkanen, the competition's founder, said. The provincial capital is Mount Hagen. 15 South Ridge RoadPO Box 4500Newry, ME 04261, North American Wife Carrying Championship, How to: North American Wife Carrying Championship, Available to rent or download on TV On-Demand, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Wife Carrying Contest, BC, Canada, Rocky Mountain Wife Carrying Championship, Bozeman, MT, Central America Wife Carrying Championships, Guatemala, Colombia Wife Carrying Championships, San Clemente, Guatica Risaralda, Florida Championship Wife Carrying Contest, I Thought We Were Going to L.L.Bean This Weekend. The race format varies slightly from the World Championship in that there is no minimum weight limit for the wife, and the winner is determined by a head-to-head final race rather than being determined only by the finishing time in the competitor's initial round.Additionally, the North American course is run on uneven ground with elevation changes, as compared to the World course, which is predominantly flat. *to be determined using a balancing scale — so the wife won’t need to broadcast her weight to the crowd. How the wife is carried is the competitors' choice, though most use the "Estonian carry" where the female participant holds the male around the waist and tightens her legs around his neck, thereby freeing his hands. - Kelli Millard, North American Wife Carrying Championship, Midwest Wife Carrying Championship Firefighter challenge, (from the official wife carrying contest in Sonkajärvi, Finland — these may be adjusted on contest day at the discretion of judges), The length of the official track is 253.5 meters (277 yards). 2005 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Egle Soll (Estonia), 59.1 seconds. The society plans on conducting more such events every year in India. 2018 - Vytautas Kirkliauskas (Lithuania) and Neringa Kirkliauskiene (Lithuania), 65.1 seconds. Contacts & Event Sanctioning Wife carrying is based on husband-and-wife teams racing with the husband carrying the wife through a regulation length obstacle course featuring log hurdles, sand traps, and the always popular "widow maker" water hazard. Wife Carrying World Championships Wife Carrying Competitions Around the World Husband-Dragging Contest Other Unusual Championships in Finland The 200 Metres Wedding Dress Sponsored Links ∇ Wife Carrying World Championships Will and Guy have discovered that in July the Wife Carrying World Championships takes place in Sonkajarvi in Finland. The contestants have to pay attention to the instructions given by the organizers of the competition. Wife Carrying World Championship 2008 In 2008, Estonia's Madis Uusorg carries his wife Inga Klausen to win the Wife Carrying World Championships in 61.7seconds Margo Uusorg [5 times winner and brother of this year's champ]and Egle Soll from Estonia hold the Wife-Carrying World Record with a time of only 1 minute 0.7 seconds. 1997 – Jouni Jussila (Finland) and Tiina Jussila (Finland), 65.0 seconds. Wife carrying (Finnish: eukonkanto or akankanto, Estonian: naisekandmine, Swedish: kärringkånk) is a contest in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. Intuitive understanding of the signals sent by the partner and becoming one with the partner are essential in both of them – sometimes also whipping. Firstly, that Rosvo-Ronkainen and his thieves were accused of stealing food and women from villages in the area he lived in, then carrying these women on their backs as they ran away (hence the "wife" or woman carrying). The original course was a rough, rocky terrain with fences and brooks, but it has been altered to suit modern conditions. This portrait was lit with a single Westcott 18-inch Bi-Color LED Ring Light at full power in a Photek 60-inch Satin Umbrella with beaded silver cover. Teams may not advance on the course without the wife being carried and will be disqualified if they do so. The objective is for the male to carry the … Founded in 1999 at Sunday River Resort in Maine, the North American Wife Carrying Championship has been held annually in mid-October at this location ever since. The fastest two teams from the qualifying round then compete head-to-head in a final heat. History 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. Organizers say male contestants could "steal a neighbor's wife" if they don't have a female companion. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Watch as two wacky couples compete for beer and glory at the North American Wife Carrying Championship. More Information 2000 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Birgit Ulrich (Estonia). He sold me a pirated DVD for $5.- and the disc was empty. Trademark 85775335 and used here by permission. Specific obstacle designs may vary by course and by year. Mount Wilhelm, the tallest mountain in Papua New Guinea, is on the border of the Western Highlands. There is no minimum weight limit for female competitors. The first modern-day wife-carrying event was held in Finland in 1991 and foreign contestants were admitted in 1995. on her side. 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. If a competitor drops his teammate, their team will be penalized with five seconds added to their time. Major wife-carrying competitions are held in Sonkajärvi, Finland (where the prize depends on the wife’s weight in beer); Monona, Wisconsin; Minocqua, Wisconsin; and Marquette, Michigan. A Westcott 42-inch silver bounce reflector was used for fill. The North American Wife Carrying Championships take place every year on Columbus Day Weekend in October at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Twitter: #ukwifecarryingrace. The second suggestion is that young men would go to neighbouring villages, steal other men’s wives to marry themselves. A Lithuanian man and his wife won the title for the second year in a row. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. It's one of those dresses I wouldn't have gone for but my wife picked it out held it up and said that's nice. To these people I say, "Because when I drop my Kindergartner off at school in the morning, I watch countless "Big Kids" hold the "HUGE, HEAVY" door for her and her little friends without being told to do it. Major wife-carrying competitions are also held in Monona, Wisconsin, Minocqua, Wisconsin and Marquette, Michigan. Ensures that the event will be conducted in a fair and safe manner. The Wife Carrying Contest has very deep roots in Sonkajärvi’s local history, despite its humorous aspect. Australian Wife Carrying Championships have been held annually since 2005. Winners of 13 U.S. state events and two Canadian provincial events have competed in the North American Championship. 2008 – Alar Voogla (Estonia) and Kirsti Viltrop (Estonia), 61.9 seconds. Or would have, except it was a public holiday and the works were what were all those road workers doing. It’s time to start training for Frederick’s annual wife carrying contest. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. (from the official wife-carrying event website in Sonkajarvi, Finland) Note from the editor: This is posted mostly for your amusement. Co-creation with my wife Masha Vi J, who was the model and did all the post processing. Several types of carrying may be practised: either a classic piggyback, a fireman's carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (wife upside-down on his back with her legs over the neck and shoulders). It once had a goods only railway (now long closed) to what was theoretically Rockhampton's port but it never really got off the ground. The woman has the clothes of a mourning wife. The Worlds are run on a flat track. a little goes a long way though - spread sparingly across a freshly washed and dried tattoo.