Prior to Finland discovering death metal, the Finns invented the sport of Wife Carrying to prove how hard-core they are. According to Finnish legend, famed 19th-century bandit Ronkainen the Robber used a variation of Wife Carrying as a way of evaluating potential members of his merry band of thieves. Since then, Wife Carrying has become a rather progressive semi-legitimate sport, where couples (team members no longer have to be married) compete on an international level for fame, glory, and bragging rights.
In a Wife Carrying competition, men sprint through 235 meters of obstacles and water hazards while their female teammate clings to them for dear life. The women being carried must weigh at least 101 pounds, and those who fail to make weight will have weight bags strapped to them to level the playing field.
Every year, officially sanctioned wife carrying tournaments take place in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. The winners of those competitions then advance to the annual World Wife Carrying Championships in Sonkajaervi, Finland, where the true insanity begins. Prizes are awarded for the fastest completion, best costumes, creativity, and best couple. As humorous as the sport sounds, it would be wise not to poke too much fun at an individual who can quickly run through an obstacle course with a human being strapped to his back.