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Maine couple captures North American Wife Carrying Championship; Finland may be next

This photo courtesy of Sunday River Communications, Jesse Wall and Christina Arsenault weigh in during the the North American Wife Carrying Championship on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Newry, Maine.  Wall carried Christina Arsenault over a 278-yard course that was bedeviled by log hurdles, sand traps and a "widow maker" water hazard at Sunday River ski resort on Saturday to claim the crown in a time of 1 minute, 4.1 seconds. About 50 couples competed.  (AP Photo/Courtesy Sunday River Communications, Nick Lambert)

This photo courtesy of Sunday River Communications, Jesse Wall and Christina Arsenault weigh in during the the North American Wife Carrying Championship on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Newry, Maine. Wall carried Christina Arsenault over a 278-yard course that was bedeviled by log hurdles, sand traps and a "widow maker" water hazard at Sunday River ski resort on Saturday to claim the crown in a time of 1 minute, 4.1 seconds. About 50 couples competed. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sunday River Communications, Nick Lambert)  (The Associated Press)

Four times they've been bridesmaids but now two people from Maine are champions of the North American Wife Carrying Championship.

Jesse Wall carried Christina Arsenault over a 278-yard course Saturday that was bedeviled by log hurdles, sand traps and a "widow maker" water hazard at Sunday River ski resort to claim the crown in a time of 1 minute, 4.1 seconds.

About 50 couples competed with the winners taking home Arsenault's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash: $482.50.

Unmarried couples like Wall and Arsenault can compete. The two have finished second twice and third twice. Arsenault says they're able to do so well because she's "wicked small" and he's "wicked strong."

Wall and Arsenault are now qualified for the world championship next summer in Finland.