Checked out the Wife Carrying Contest. Next year will spend all 3 days in and out with the wristband as the food was that good, not the usual fair food. A beautiful day at Bryant Park this past Sunday. The giant Crocodile eating our bridge priceless. Saw folks from Parrot Cove, College Park and of course Bryant Park. Was impressed with the cleanliness and all the blue and white. The Kids area was great with different kinds of activities that I had not seen before. They most likely gave their parents an early night, after the full days’ activities. Trying to give a blow by blow of the race in chronological order of the obstacles in the race. From the start to the finish, the obstructions, and not obvious how far they actually had to run. All the way past the painted containers to the sea wall.
The entertainers were top drawer Hanna Pakarinen won Finland’s top performer and Mary of Rudy’s pub was their official host. As I was watching and listening to Hanna she so reminded me of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. The performances were in English and Finnish. At 12:45 the crowd gathered around the stanchions ready for the “wive carrying contest”*.
Got there early, positioned myself opposite the water obstacle, only to see it was not the vantage point for me. Ultimately the winner was #101 Attorney Taisto Miettinen of Finland who prior to the start was seen sprinting the course twice before he saddled himself with a wife. Note if you want to see really good photos and up close I recommend you check into Tom Johnson FB page. Reporting the race chronologically here. Not satisfied with the water obstacle view,
I spotted the kids across and how high they were. So that was my next view point. Imagine Sophias (that’s her name) surprise as I crawled into the children’s jump house.
There was local competition, the Lake Worth competitor was paired with one from Wellington. It was a great crowd that looked on and cheered on their favorites. The next obstacle took place where the crowd was less dense.
The hurdle was the halfway point, from there still a way to go to the sea wall.
Next year it will be more competitive as at the end, out of nowhere appeared two women carrying their wives. Leave it to quirky Lake Worth to add to the already exciting event.
Johan Joe is up in West Palm Beach and I can recommend it for the ambiance as well as the wonderful food.
- the story is about the wife carrying is based on fact. however, there are several versions some nice and palpable Robin Hood others roguish.