That's right, the competition is open to anyone (you don't even need to be married – or even a couple). Make sure to choose your partner wisely though.
Carrying a fully-grown person on your back is a lot harder than it may originally sound. This sport requires both strength and endurance but if you really want to be competitive you also need speed.
Don't drop your partner
Apart from the obvious dangers of injuring your wife/partner from the fall you will also be penalized and have an additional 15 seconds added to your time.
If you are planning on attending the event, getting there does pose a bit of a challenge Finn Air has three flights daily from Helsinki to the nearest airport of Kuopio (KUO).
Where to Stay
Sonkajärvi is a small town with a population of around 5,000, so there aren't a lot of choices when it comes to finding a place to stay. You would be wise to book somewhere well in advance to ensure a roof over your head.