Couples who work out together, stay together—and what better way to prove this than by spending your wedding day running a half marathon?
Last month, Brooklyn-based couple Amanda Hughes and Joel Tse got married doing what they love: running. The newlyweds, both longtime distance runners, decided to spend their big day running the 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon from Prospect Park to Coney Island. And what’s a couple to do when they want to spend their wedding running a half marathon? They invite their wedding party to run the race with them.
Tse and Hughes first met eight years ago while training for the New York City Marathon. Despite being in relationships at the time, the two became running buddies and over the course of five years they grew closer during the conversations on their long distance runs.
In 2014, Tse and Hughes officially started dating. The talks during their runs became more and more serious, and over time their runs were spent discussing plans for marriage. Tse eventually proposed to Hughes during a trip to visit her family in Atlanta, and the race was on to plan the perfect wedding.
When the couple discovered their wedding date fell on the same date of the Brooklyn half marathon, they immediately knew they were going to have an unconventional wedding day. The two invited their guests, many of whom were part of the same running community, to join them in the race. It was no surprise when nearly 60 of their guests signed up to run with them.
The couple finished the half marathon in 2:13:00, but that didn’t slow them down. They proceeded to go home to change and immediately attend their evening ceremony that same night.
Hughes said in an interview that she couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to celebrate their ceremony, and it’s hard to disagree.