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."
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?