On July 2016 the 21th annual World Wife Carrying Competition takes place in Sonkajarvi, Finland. (http://www.eukonkanto.fi/en/). After winning the North American Championship, we have been invited to compete in this World Championship!!! (http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/12/living/wife-carrying-competition-in-newry-brings-finnish-whimsy-to-maine/)
Jesse and I have been Wife Carrying partners since 2010 when we first entered the NAWCC at Sunday River. We had four years of podium finishes but were squeaked out for first place each year (Including a hair raising race against the undefeated World Champion) until this October when we finally left our mark on the world of Wife Carry with a commanding win!
In the past Jesse and I have never trained for the event but this year we are committed to representing our friends, families and fellow countrymen by being the strongest we can be. We will be doing plenty of hill sprints, sled workouts, and plyometric training to be primed for the fight! I will be gaining 12 pounds of pure muscle and will train daily so I can lock myself on his back like the scared little monkey I am!! haha. The course in Finland is relatively flat compared to the North American course but the pool is much deeper which will require me to be fully submerged under water for several seconds. Despite this obstacle we not only feel we can be the first American World Champs, but even the world record holders! We will be training with the goal of besting the current record of 55.5 seconds!"
Here we are on BBC news (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCJyAOIkXKc)
Financially, we need help to go to Finland. We intend to use this fund to pay for most, if not all, of our expenses. We thank anyone who can help us and understand that some of you just can't afford it. We welcome all kinds of support and appreciate any advice/love and positive vibrations you all can send our way!
The "cure mito" logo on my cool little outfit is all about my daughter and the many others who suffer from mitochondrial disease. My 11 year old daughter went undiagnosed for many years and she suffered dearly for it!! Every day felt like a new obstacle course. While carrying the weight of her poor health heavy on my back we ran from doctor to doctor, fought the fight and finally got answers. Now, she takes a mito cocktail twice a day and is living life :) I spread awareness in hopes for a cure but I also want to help the undiagnosed children and adults get the support/education they need to boost their quality of life when possible <3 (http://www.umdf.org/ )
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