Training for and running a marathon is an emotional rollercoaster on its own. Now imagine adding a wedding proposal—a.k.a. one of the biggest moments of your life—to those sweet, adrenaline fueled moments.
That’s exactly what it was like for Lynn Allen from Georgia during the 40th anniversary of Grandma’s Marathon. Lynn was running her second full marathon, alongside her boyfriend, Steve, when he popped the question at mile 25!
As you can imagine, Lynn was pretty overwhelmed during the proposal. “I was shocked and in a state of disbelief, it rendered me speechless, which is hard to do! I said ‘are you kidding me? Now?’” said Lynn. Unknown to Lynn at the time, Steve carried the ring with him the entire race and worried she would notice it at some point along the course.
Things really sunk in for Lynn when she realized the ring in front of her belonged to her mother that passed away in 2012. Lynn remembers running the last 1.2 miles in complete disbelief and happiness alongside Steve. Steve’s family was also able to share in the moments following the proposal since many of them run in Grandma’s Marathon races each year. Grandma’s Marathon is an even more special family affair now.
“This race is part of our history now, so it really means a lot to come back and I hope to be here again and again. It’s always been an important race for Steve and his family but now it’s a big part of *our* family story and I know our children will grow up hearing about Grandma’s. This year I am looking forward to taking in a lot more of the festivities. It’s going to be much different than last year, but no less special.”
The couple will be back again running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 2017. Lynn said she doesn’t have any special plans for when they reach mile 25, but with a guy like Steve running at her side who knows what could happen. Lynn said: “I will just be happy we only have 1.2 left in the race and try not to cry at mile 25.”
Lynn and Steve plan on getting married later this year, and will be back to run the full marathon on their fifth anniversary.
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