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Ten of our favorite races with a strong you've-got-to-be-kidding-me element: #crazyraces

2. North American Wife Carrying Championships October, Newry, Maine This race is better suited to strong sprinters than emaciated marathoners. An event with Finnish roots, wife-carrying entails a man carrying a woman over a short obstacle course. At this event at the Sunday River ski resort, the 278-yard obstacle course features log hurdles, sand traps, and the “widow maker” water hazard. How the “wife” (teams don’t have to be married) is carried is the competitors' choice, though most use the "Estonian carry," where the female participant holds the male around the waist and tightens her legs around his neck, thereby freeing his hands. The winning couple takes home the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash, and an entry into the world championship, which takes place in Finland the following summer. Read more | Runner's World Race Finder Photo courtesy of Sun...

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