Wife Carrying Champs again!

Maine's own Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault defended their title Saturday at Sunday River in the 19th edition of the North American Wife Carrying Champioship.

Wall and Arsenault, who are from Oxford, beat out 34 other couples with a winning time of 58.72 seconds in the final round, topping another Maine couple, Melissa Vigue and Anthan Lewia of Wells, who were competing for the first time.

The unusual event has unusual prizes for the winners - 12 cases of beer along with five times Arsenault's weight in cash.

The runnersup earned Vidue's weight in soda and two cases of beer.

Russ and Liz Pearce of Yarmouth came in third, with Darryl Caroline of Dickey from Smyrna, Ga. finishing fourth.

Wall and Arsenault are only the third couple to win twice.

The race course is 278 yards in length, with two log hurdles and one water obstacle often referred to as the "widow maker."

This year couples came to Sunday River from as far as San Diego to compete.

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