STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

1st ever Rocky Mountain Wife-Carrying Championship

Husbands and wives (plus a few couples not hitched) gathered Sunday at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds for the first-...

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 1:03 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 1:03 AM

Husbands and wives (plus a few couples not hitched) gathered Sunday at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds for the first-ever Rocky Mountain Wife-Carrying Championship.

The idea to turn wife carrying into a sport was sparked in 19th century Finland, when the practice was used to steal wives and women from their villages.

The first wife carrying competitive event was held in 1992 in Finland, which is now where the World Championships are hosted. The sport has made its way across the pond to the United States and the North American Championships began in Maine in 1999.

In order to qualify for any national championship, you must win a state, provincial, or regional championship- and that's where Sunday's race came in to play.

The course is made up of one wet obstacle and two dry obstacles, at the Gallatin Fairgrounds, these obstacles consisted of a mud pit, median wall, and a dirt ramp.

After learning the rules, the only thing left to do was run the race. For Adam and Sunny Bacon, they didn't even know about the event until they were signed up- fifteen minutes prior!

"Someone googled how to get over the hurdles, how to carry, so we went behind the bleachers and practiced, and I didn't break her," Adam Bacon said.

Beginner's luck- they ran the fastest time the course had seen at 60 seconds and won Sunny's weight worth of beer- which happened to be five cases of Coors Banquet.

Despite the race being a physical challenge, they already felt their relationship strengthen in between the obstacles.

"I've never felt so close to you as I do now," Adam said to his wife, "and thankfully I didn't break you so, that's good"

The website Wife-Carrying.org provides this overview:

Wife Carrying originated in Finland, and its history is based around the 19th century legend of Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen, or "Ronkainen the Robber." There are three stories as to how the sport was created. First, Ronkainen and his thieves were accused of stealing food and women from villages in the area he lived in; then carried these women on their backs as they ran away. Second, it has been said the men would go to villages near their own to steal other men's wives, and then have the woman become their own wife. Third is the story that Ronkainen trained his thieves by carrying big, heavy sacks on their backs, which could have eventually evolved to a sport.

The first modern day wife carrying event was held in Finland in 1992 and foreign contestants were admitted in 1995. This event is now held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland as the World Championship. A North American Championship was started in 1999.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 485230

Reported Deaths: 6554
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1006801585
Ramsey43047801
Dakota36254390
Anoka33274384
Washington22065255
Stearns18723201
St. Louis14794262
Scott13273107
Wright12517115
Olmsted1177988
Sherburne871572
Carver771040
Clay690387
Rice670091
Blue Earth593835
Kandiyohi579474
Crow Wing519681
Chisago498445
Otter Tail481870
Benton446190
Winona418049
Mower404131
Douglas392568
Nobles386847
Goodhue385568
Polk342762
McLeod339349
Beltrami337351
Morrison324247
Lyon313044
Itasca312746
Becker310941
Isanti305754
Carlton300149
Steele299711
Pine282016
Freeborn280523
Nicollet258141
Todd247830
Brown244637
Le Sueur235020
Mille Lacs227247
Cass219924
Waseca208917
Meeker207434
Martin189328
Wabasha18623
Roseau180217
Hubbard160640
Houston157314
Dodge15214
Renville149540
Redwood147027
Fillmore13728
Chippewa136335
Cottonwood134820
Pennington134116
Wadena130920
Faribault122917
Aitkin118933
Sibley117310
Watonwan11728
Rock115714
Kanabec107419
Pipestone101424
Yellow Medicine97617
Murray9438
Jackson93510
Swift87918
Pope8025
Marshall77815
Stevens7418
Lake73718
Clearwater71914
Lac qui Parle68316
Wilkin67110
Koochiching61811
Big Stone5163
Lincoln5062
Grant4918
Unassigned47968
Norman4768
Mahnomen4417
Kittson40821
Red Lake3625
Traverse3055
Lake of the Woods2191
Cook1180

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 362189

Reported Deaths: 5414
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58146549
Linn20653312
Scott18288207
Black Hawk16249291
Woodbury14961211
Johnson1383473
Dubuque13537194
Dallas1135890
Pottawattamie10765143
Story1021645
Warren555274
Clinton543284
Cerro Gordo533681
Webster518787
Marshall496272
Sioux494369
Buena Vista473236
Des Moines457661
Muscatine451191
Wapello4330108
Jasper416966
Plymouth394577
Lee375352
Marion359069
Jones294154
Henry292737
Carroll285548
Bremer280154
Crawford274735
Boone259630
Washington254147
Benton252854
Mahaska224346
Jackson221438
Dickinson217439
Tama213465
Kossuth208154
Clay193525
Hamilton192042
Delaware188839
Winneshiek188427
Buchanan185129
Fayette185035
Page183219
Hardin181039
Wright179731
Harrison179669
Cedar177923
Clayton168053
Butler166331
Mills163120
Floyd162740
Madison154518
Cherokee153935
Poweshiek153730
Hancock146829
Lyon145841
Allamakee145646
Iowa144423
Appanoose139147
Grundy139030
Jefferson138232
Winnebago138230
Cass134151
Calhoun133711
Mitchell130840
Louisa128241
Union126331
Chickasaw125213
Sac124218
Emmet121240
Shelby121033
Franklin118419
Humboldt117425
Guthrie116528
Palo Alto104921
Montgomery103936
Howard103121
Clarke100520
Unassigned9890
Keokuk98129
Monroe93128
Adair91928
Ida91032
Pocahontas85519
Davis82623
Monona81627
Greene77310
Lucas73821
Osceola70514
Worth6987
Taylor66412
Fremont5919
Decatur5789
Van Buren55918
Ringgold52020
Wayne48821
Audubon4869
Adams3264
Rochester/St. Mary'S
Clear
19° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 14°
Feels Like: 5°
Mason City
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 9°
Albert Lea
Partly Cloudy
21° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 14°
Feels Like: 8°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
19° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 5°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
18° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 4°
Mild conditions expected this week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events