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Dave Olson, Published July 05 2011

‘Wife Carry’ competition a hit at Hankinson’s 125th

HANKINSON, N.D. – Jaime Krump was setting up the finish line for the “Wife Carry” competition here Monday.

“They gotta come full blast through here, then nail ’em with the hose,” Krump told other workers, referring to a garden hose primed to spray down contestants.

Fifteen pairs – not all of them husband/wife teams – signed up for the event, which served as the grand finale for a weekend of activities marking the community’s 125th birthday.

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The male half of the champion team would win his partner’s weight in beer.

To keep things simple, it translated to a can of brew per pound toted.

“Insane,” muttered Aaron Medenwaldt as he contemplated the obstacle course he was to run with his wife, Tracy.

What did she think about it?

“I’m scared,” she said.

The course included a balance beam, a wheel-barrow leg, and a traffic cone weave.

A patch of tires placed on the ground required carriers to watch their step.

Some couples fell.

Others made it through blazingly fast on what was a very warm Fourth of July.

Everyone had a good time.

Jill and Jeremy Post finished the course in 36.54 seconds, claiming the title.

Jeremy Post said the most difficult leg “was probably that balance beam.”

He was given a coupon to be redeemed at the establishment of his choice.

It was good for 105 cans of beer.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555