Wife Carrying

World Wife Carrying Championships 2017 !


Winners of the Wife Carrying World Championships 2017 in Sonkajärvi, Finland.

Mischa and Rie won Silver!

  1. Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen, Finland
  2. Mischa Freystaetter and Rie Takano, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA !
  3. Ilpo Haalisto and Jenni Piippo, Finland

At Sonkajärvi 2017

Mischa and Rie have arrived to Sonkajärvi and preparing for the competition.

Mischa and Rie vigorously practicing on their way over the Alps to Sonkajärvi, Finland!

Winners of the 2017 Wife Carrying Florida Championships, Mischa and Rie Freystaetter, preparing to represent Florida and Lake Worth in the Wife Carrying World Championships, June 30 – July 1, 2017, in Sonkajärvi, Finland!


The 2017 Florida Championship winners were Mischa Freystoetter and Rie Takano from Florida. They won a trip to Finland to represent Florida in the Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland! The silver went to Finland’s Taisto Miettinen and Nyssa Estremera from West Palm Beach. The bronze went to Sean Leflock and Laura Canteri from Boynton Beach. Mark and Raakel Puustelli put up a great effort and came in fourth.

A water obstacle is a required part of Wife Carrying Competitions. It may look like these competitors are just having fun, but wait until you see them live and in action – these teams are GOOD!

Lightweight Wives for Rent!

Team members are not required to be legally married.
Check at the Midnight Sun Festival Info Tent to find a lightweight “wife” for rent!
(Note: Wives under 108 lbs. will be given sandbags to carry to bring their weight up to 108 lbs.)


Team members must both be at least 18 years old.


The length of the course is approx. 280 yards.
The course contains two “log” obstacles and a “widow maker” water hazard.


There is no restriction on how the Wife is carried. If a Husband drops his Wife, the Husband must pick up his Wife before attempting to advance down the course.

Teams run the course two Teams per Heat, with each Team being timed. The four overall fastest Teams qualify for the Medal Round. Since entry into the Medal Round is determined by the four overall fastest times, Teams do not have to win their initial Heat to qualify for the Medal Round, nor does winning your initial Heat guarantee entry into the Medal Round.


To enter click here:

        Wife Carrying Contest 2018 Entry Form

Send the completed Entry Form to:

Midnight Sun Festival, Inc.
P.O. Box 907
Lake Worth, Florida 33460


$25.00 per Team.


Bryant Park, Lake Worth, Florida.


Sunday, March 4, 2018   12:00 pm


The winning team will receive a one-week trip to Finland to represent Florida in the Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland, end of June, 2018.

The 2nd and 3rd place teams will receive Medals and consolation prizes.




Wife Carrying originated in Finland during the 1800’s. The first modern Wife Carrying Competition was held in Finland in 1992.

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North American Wife Carrying Competitions

Thirteen states and two Canadian provinces presently hold Wife Carrying Contests. The North American Wife Carrying Championships are held every October at the Sunday River Resort in Maine.

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Dave Castro/Lacey Castro                        Rocco Andreozzi/Kim Wasco            Taisto Miettinen/Kristina Haapanen

Click the link below for more information about the North American Wife Carrying Competitions:


Wife Carrying World Championships

The Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland at the end of June.


Contestants from other countries have participated since 1995.

Top competitors in the North American Wife Carrying Championship have placed fourth in the World Championships 2017 in Finland while Florida’s Micha and Rie Freystaeter took silver! Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen (Kelly video) of Finland took the gold!

Event Sanctioning

The Florida Championship Wife Carrying Contest is sanctioned by the Sunday River Resort, the organizer of the North American Wife Carrying Championship and the sanctioning body for the sport in the U.S. and Canada.

Helpful Links

How to Wife Carry

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries regarding the Florida Championship Wife Carrying Contest, including photos and video of other events, contact: