updated 10/11/2009 2:05:01 PM ET 2009-10-11T18:05:01

A Maine couple has taken the crown in the North American Wife Carrying Championship over a course that featured a muddy water hole and two log obstacles.

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Dave and Lacey Castro of Lewiston came in first among 41 teams to win Saturday's competition at Sunday River ski resort in Newry. They covered the 278-yard course in 54.45 seconds.

For their effort, the couple won 97-pound Lacey Castro's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash — $485.

Teams from 11 states competed in the 10th annual race in which a man has to carry a woman, or vice versa, over an obstacle course.

As the North American champs, the Castros are eligible to compete in the world championships in Finland next July.

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