Friends win annual wife-carrying championship

NEWRY, Maine (AP) - October 13, 2008

Even though they're not married, they almost won the contest last year and returned to Maine this year for redemption.

Ri Fahnestock and Sarah Silverberg were awarded Silverberg's weight in beer, which comes to five cases.

They also won five times her weight in cash, or $610.

And they qualified for the World Wife-Carrying Championship in Finland.

Forty-three teams signed up to run the 278-yard course, which featured a 39-inch-high wooden hurdle, a long pit of waist-deep water, and a mound of earth.

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