Hungary’s third women’s birth race attracted about 30 couples willing to put their relationship to the grueling test.
Pictures show husbands carrying their wives on their backs as they face dangers from deep water, muddy ground, hay bales and car tires along the 260-metre route on Saturday.
With most Covid restrictions lifted in Europe, unconventional sports have returned.
It is believed to have its roots in the Viking Age. England also holds annual competitions of similar obstacles.
According to Paar, the rough terrain requires balance, teamwork and solid carrying technique.
Participant Andras Toth said, “I think it’s a lot more uncomfortable for my partner because the weight is on my shoulders, so I can walk and balance easily.”
In fact, it’s not a smooth ride for the wives, who often have to balance in awkward positions.
Her head is also often submerged in muddy water during the race.
Andras’ partner Eniko Darassi, clinging to his shoulder, shared her strategy – “just take a deep breath”.
Race organizer Gergo Guraly: “I think the great interest is because couples can leave their everyday comfort zone.
“And when a couple finishes the race in one session, they’re very close together, so the husband and wife can act as team builders here.”
In Finland, the race has been held since the 1990s. Like any other sporting event, this one involves risks.
At the 2018 event in England, a woman was injured when her partner slipped.
She landed upside down and paramedics carried her away on a backboard with a neck brace.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/08/hungarian-couples-compete-in-wife-carrying-race-16606592/ Hungarian couples compete in the women's carrier race