Team from Bethel and Farmington win wife-carrying contest

Posted Oct. 10, 2010, at 8:32 a.m.

NEWRY, Maine — Rocco Andreozzi from Bethel, Maine, and Kim Wasco from Farmington, Maine, won the 11th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship at the Sunday River Ski Resort on Saturday.

Both first time competitors, Andreozzi and Wasco walked away with a cash prize and six cases of Shocktop beer, equal to Wasco’s weight of 127 pounds.

With a winning time of 1:01.91 seconds, Andreozzi and Wasco beat second-place finishers Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault, of South Paris and Portland, by 16.6 seconds. Wall and Arsenault finished the championship heat with a time of 1:18:77 seconds.

The victory also qualifies Andreozzi and Wasco for the World Wife Carrying Championship next July in Finland.

The 11th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship drew 50 teams of couples from all over the United States and Canada including Markus Raty and Joline Matika, both from Toronto and known for their wins at the Canadian Wife Carrying Championship.

In Saturday’s event, couples navigated a 278-yard obstacle course while the man carries his wife or teammate over hurdles and through a water trap commonly referred to as the widow maker.

Teams do not have to be married and both must be over the age of 21.

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