Middleton man wins popular wife-carrying contest

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MONONA (AP) - The eighth annual Wisconsin Wife Carry Championship Race was a big hit again this year, especially for Jon Fenrick of Middleton.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says he slung his 103-pound wife over his shoulders and completed the obstacle course Friday in a minute flat. With the victory he takes home $525 - plus his wife's weight in beer.

The contest is an internationally sanctioned event. It was a big attraction at the Monona Community Festival, where more than a dozen couples competed in front of hundreds of cheering fans.

The course challenges runners to run 850 feet through tires, bales of hay and a water pit.

The Fenricks are now eligible to represent the state at the North American Wife Carrying Championships in October in Maine.