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The original track winding in the rough terrain with fences, rocks and brooks has been altered to suit modern conditions and the following rules set by the International Wife Carrying Competition Rules Committee will apply:

The Rules of Wife Carrying

  • The length of the official track is 253.5 meters and surface of the track is sand.


  • The track has two dry obstacles and one water obstacle, about a meter deep.
  • The wife to be carried may be your own, the neighbour’s or you may have found her farther ahead; she must, however,be over 17 years of age.
  • The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilos. If she weighs less, she will be burdened with such a heavy rucksack to reach the desired minimum weight.
  • The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier.
  •  If a contestant drops the wife, he has to lift her on to his back or in his arms and continue carrying.
  • All the participants must have fun.
  • The winner is the couple who completes the course in the shortest time.
  • The contestants run the race two at a time, so each heat is a contest in itself.
  • Wife Carrying Competition has two categories Official Wife Carrying World Championships Series and Senior series  40 years and older applicants.
  •  Each contestant takes care of his/her safety and,  if deemed necessary, insurance.
  •  The contestants have to pay attention to the instructions given by the organisers of the competition.
  •  Also the most entertaining  couple , the best costume and the strongest carrier  rewarded with a special prize. The participation fee 50 € per a couple.


Wife Carrying Team Competition

Along with the wife carrying world championships there is also a team competition. The track and rules are the same as Wife Carrying World Championsips but three men in the team carry the wife in turns. At the exchange point the carrier has to drink the official “wife carrying drink” before continuing the race. The team with best costumes will be awarded with wife carrying products and statues.

  • Participation fee is 111 €