A Couple Says "I Do" in the Middle of the Chicago Marathon!


Some couples want to keep things casual for their wedding ceremony, but sneakers and running shorts are taking that idea to a whole new level! Instead of strapping on a glittery pair of heels or slipping on a tux for their wedding, Stephanie Reinhart and her fiancé Mark Jockel threw on their running gear, exchanging vows at the 8-mile mark of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

Now when most folks spot a bride-to-be in a pair of sneakers, images of a runaway bride might pop up. But this lovely lady was just running to say her "I do's!" When the athletic (and adorable!) pair — who met in an eight-minute-mile marathon training group — couldn't decided on exactly what kind of ceremony they wanted, a mid-race marriage seemed like the perfect compromise for a wedding that was so uniquely them. "I wanted a little wedding, and Mark wanted a big wedding," Reinhart shared with The Chicago Tribune. "My colleague suggested that we get married during the marathon, and it was perfect: I got a short and sweet ceremony, and Mark got 40,000 guests."

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So on mile eight — a throwback to the running group that brought them together — the couple took a quick breather to say their vows wearing bridal white athletic-wear and a tux-printed tee. Exchanging the champagne for a Gatorade — fittingly — the couple was off running again after a quick toast. "We did an 18-mile victory lap around the city," Jockel joked. Who needs a Just Married getaway car anyway when you're a marathon runner?

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