It takes a lot of training and willpower to run 26.2 miles, but one New York City marathon participant could never have prepped for the surprise waiting for her at mile 16.
According to NBC New York, runner Kaitlyn Curran had already reached the marathon's halfway point on Sunday and was nearing the Queensboro Bridge when she saw a familiar face in the crowd—boyfriend Dennis Galvin. Curran, a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital, veered to the sideline to greet her beau, who proceeded to get down on one knee with an engagement ring in hand.
Video footage via Twitter of the blink-and-you'll-miss-it proposal, filmed by a family member, shows an emotional Curran saying yes, while bystanders in the crowd (and even fellow runners!) paused to witness the pair's engagement. The Jersey City–based couple hugged it out, then Galvin, a firefighter, added a sparkly accessory to his new fiancée's running ensemble.
Despite getting sidetracked for a few seconds, Curran didn't let the proposal slow her down (she had a marathon to finish, after all). The New York City marathon runner wasted no time for celebrations, immediately jumping back into the race and later crossing the finish line with a four hour and 24 minute time, NBC reports.
This marks Curran's first ever (and probably best ever) marathon, Galvin's cousin, Kathleen Deirdre, told NBC New York. She added that her relative "wanted the proposal to be special" for Curran, who had been training for about a year. We'd say his goal was accomplished with flying colors.