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Minocqua Holds Wife Carrying Championships

By: Ryan Wing Email
By: Ryan Wing Email

Many obstacle courses force racers to run through water and jump over hurdles.

Try doing that with a woman on your back.

"It's kinda funny. The whole competition's kinda funny. Put your wife's butt in the back of your head and ran as fast as you can and my head's in his butt so it was kinda funny," Rachel Mastalski and Rob Klemm said.

Yes, you heard correctly.

That's the easiest way to carry your wife or significant other or even sister-in-law along the 150 meter Wife Carrying Championship course in Minocqua.

"Don't drop her. Don't drop and don't pull a muscle. That's the game plan and don't pull a muscle and we'll be good to go," Rachel and Rob said.

Rachel and Rob had never entered a Wife Carrying Championship before and only practiced 10 minutes before running the course in a qualifying best time of 47 seconds.

"I started to slip when we got in the water. I just said don't fall off, don't fall off. And then we just ran," Rachel and Rob said.

If there was a prize for best dressed couple, Rachel and Rob would have probably won hands down for their war paint accessories.

"We went to Walmart here in Minocqua and my goal was to find the most ridiculous outfit i could. The face paint was just really the topper for it. We put it on right before we went and then we chest bumped and went and ran," Rachel and Rob said.

While the race itself is pretty funny, this may be the funniest part: The judging table where the prizes are measured by the women's weight.

"The wife or female companion gets on one end and we start packing on the prizes, which is a combo of beer, brats, what else in Wisconsin, and there's mustard," Jim Didomenico, Minocqua Winter Park executive director said.

The winners also receive five times the women's weight in cash.

This is the fourth year Minocqua has held the Wife Carrying Championships.

Proceeds from the event help keep ski trails at Minocqua Winter Park in top shape.


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