Marriage Proposal at an Ironman Finish Line
How He Asked: My wedding proposal was beyond amazing and I believe my fiancé deserves some recognition for the time, planning and amazing strength of it all! I’ve been buying bridal magazines since I was a little girl, coveting every article as if it was gold and imagining my future self in all of the amazing wedding dresses and pictures that adorns each page. My fiancé knew this about me and knew that above all I wanted to be surprised for my engagement. Jay, my fiancé, is an IRONMAN. What that means is he competes in an extremely difficult race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and finally a full marathon, 26.2 mile run to the finish line. All of this has to be completed in less than 17 hours. We traveled from NYC to Mont Tremblant in Canada for the August 17, 2014 race. As an Ironman “support team member” you are supposed to come up with a quirky, fun sign to motivate and get your athlete’s mind off the competition- so I made my surprise sign, “On this long run, feel free to think of ways to propose!”.
He laughed and gave me a kiss as he was running by. A few hours later I went to our designated spot to see each other right before the finish line. As he got to me, he started to sway, trying to get down on one knee. I thought he was hurt and started to panic.
Then he pulled out a beautiful ring from his pocket! Apparently, everyone was cheering and whistling and clapping but for me the entire world was silent. It was NOT like the movies. I had been up for 15 hours running around trying to catch him at different places during the race, had been rained on and some of the sign glitter had rubbed off on my clothes- clearly not my cutest moment. I was so shocked that he actually had to ask me three times if I would say yes! Then (of course), I said yes and immediately burst into tears. His training takes up most of his time so while proposing at the race and risking precious moments to get a personal best time, he explained I was more important to him than any competition or any race. He asked if it was ok to complete the race, got up and crossed the finish line- with a personal best time of 12 hours 35 minutes.
Fortunately a professional photographer was right there to photograph the professional athletes was nice enough to capture our moment and send to us!
Proposal Photos by: Nicole Meyers | Engagement Photos by: Allan Zepeda