Donning race bibs and athletic shoes, two Chicago Marathon runners grabbed a quick breather around mile eight on Sunday to exchange vows and wedding bands.
Mark Jockel and Stephanie Reinhart, who met two years ago while training for different marathons, set aside just five minutes for the ceremony, taking each other’s hands and locking lips about a third of the way through the race. After taking the marital plunge, they finished the last 18.2 miles of the course.
“We wanted it to be short because we knew we’d want to take some photos and then we had 18 more miles to run,” Reinhart told the Chicago Tribune.
If you think about it, this combination of marathon and matrimony makes sense -- if there’s anything more daunting than marriage for the average American, it’s long-distance running.
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