Yes, this is an actual event.

The North American Wife Carrying Competition crowned a new champion team last Saturday. Elliot and Giana Storey from Maine competed against 43 couples to win the 17th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship held at Sunday River.

Elliot and Giana won the title with a time of 59.18 seconds and took home 11 cases of Goose Island Octoberfest beer and five times Giana's weight in cash that totaled $665. They are now qualified to compete in the World Championship in Sonkajärvi, Finland, next summer.