Partner Carry Contest

When: Saturday, August 3, 2024. Contests starting at 3:30PM.

Location: Central Park

Contest Organizer: St. Anthony (Salo, Finland) Sister City Association, Inc.

The Finns are an unusual group of people, sometimes little known for their unusual contests of strength, creativity and spirt of verve and fun. Yes, besides a partner carrying contest for adults, the Sister City Association is adding a dead mobile phone throwing contest with heats for kids, teens and adults. Both contests are free.

(Finns also have air guitar, mosquito swatting, swamp soccer, beer floating, hay mowing with a scythe, ant hill sitting, boot throwing, lingonberry picking, winter swimming, kick-sledding and sauna endurance contests. Maybe next year? ☺)

  • Partner Carrying Contest is a race on a flat grass surface – a short course with one turn.
  • Carrying style up to participants!
  • Participants must be 18 or older.
  • Requires registration and liability waiver.
  • Free.

Partner Carrying Contest Rules

Modified from  Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Burnaby ,British Columbia

  1. Teams will consist of two members, one “Wife” and one “Husband”. For the purpose of this contest, the Wife shall be the contestant being carried, and the Husband will be the contestant doing the carrying, regardless of the actual marital status or gender.
  2. Partners in the contest do not have to be married – as stated in the Wife Carrying Contest Official Rules -“a contestant may carry his own wife, his neighbor’s wife, or someone found ‘further afield’”.
  3. Any combination of adults is fine including parent and adult offspring partners. Offspring do not need to do extra chores to participate with a parent.
  4. Both the contestants must be 18 years or older.
  5. The “wife” must weigh a minimum of 100 lbs (45 kg). “Wives” that are too light will have to have an extra helping of Finnish Lihapullat meatballs or carry weights to meet the minimum requirement. In the case that an extra meal in the food tent does not bring the contestant to the minimum weight they will still have to carry weights.
  6. Dropping your “wife” or falling will not incur a penalty in the contest, but perhaps a penalty from your ‘wife” after the race.
  7. “Husbands” may carry their wives any way they choose, however it must be by their own power – no foreign object (like wheelbarrows or harnesses) will be allowed.
  8. Protests must be made within 5 minutes of the end of the contest. There will be a protest fee, and administration fee… as well as an inconvenience fee.
  9. All contestants must wear pants and a smile, and wives must wear a helmet. Other articles of clothing may be substituted for pants, but smiling and having fun are non-negotiable.
  10. Inflatable “wives” will be disqualified.


In consideration of you accepting this entry, I, the participant, intending to be legally bound do hereby waive and forever release any and all right and claims for damages or injuries that I may have against Villagefest, the Event Director, the St. Anthony, MN Sister City Association, Inc. and all of their agents assisting with the event, sponsors and their representatives, volunteers and employees for any and all injuries to me or my personal property. This release includes all injuries and/or damages suffered by me before, during or after the event. I recognize, intend and understand that this release is binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, or assignees.

I know that carrying a person on uneven terrain approximately 40 meters is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able to do so and properly trained. I assume all risks associated with running in this event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, traffic, and course conditions, and waive any and all claims which I might have based on any of those and other risks typical found in running a race. I acknowledge all such risks are known and understood by me. I agree to abide by all decisions of any race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I certify as a material condition to my being permitted to enter this race that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained for the completion of this event and that a licensed Medical Doctor has verified my physical condition.

In the event of an illness, injury or medical emergency arising during the event I hereby authorize and give my consent to the Event Director to secure from any accredited hospital, clinic and/ or physician any treatment deemed necessary for my immediate care. I agree that I will be fully responsible for payment of any and all medical services and treatment rendered to me including but not limited to medical transport, medications, treatment and hospitalization.

By submitting this entry, I acknowledge that I am 18 years of age or older and have read and agree to the above release and waiver.

Further, I grant permission to all the foregoing to use my name, voice and images of myself in any photographs, motion pictures, results, publications or any other print, videographic or electronic recording of this event for legitimate purposes.

Registration Form

Partner Carry
Partner 1 (Carrier) Name
Partner 1 (Carrier) Name
Partner 2 (Carried) Name
Partner 2 (Carried) Name