In looking for my next event to run or blog about, I was intrigued when I saw something called a Carrying Championship. What the heck is that? I soon learned that this type of event originated in Finland. It started as a sport where a husband would carry his wife through an obstacle course, competing against others to see who finished in the fastest time. The prize – the woman’s weight in beer.
For this event, couples did not have to be married or a male/female duo and they would be competing for the carried person’s weight in wine (or juice), not beer (up to 150 lbs.) It made sense they chose wine instead if beer, since the race was to take place at a winery, the very picturesque Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva, NY.
I was also drawn to this event because I saw that there would be food, a band and a portion of the proceeds would benefit the Beverly Animal Shelter and the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes. The race was to start at 3 pm, which would have given me plenty of time to get there. It’s about an hour from my house.
Now, I had no intention of participating in this race myself, but figured it would be fun/crazy/interesting to attend and watch. Thank goodness I checked their FB page today though, because they cancelled the event. I’m so disappointed! They did say they would give refunds, but no mention was made about rescheduling it. I wonder what happened? I do know the weather has been awful, and I can just imagine those fields must be a mess. Even so, what a bummer. 😦
I’m always on the lookout for unique races and this would definitely have been one of them. Oh well. I decided to blog about it anyway, especially since I have not blogged in a bit. I have been running every day as part of the Runner’s World Running Streak, so my next blog post will be about that. The weather has been crazy- lots of rain. Hope your running and races are going well!
Until next time…. see you on the roads. 🙂