On June 2, 2012, I married my best friend, my partner, my teammate; and subsequently ran the most important mile of my life--in my wedding dress, with the love of my life right beside me.
For both of us, this was a second marriage. From the beginning, we shared a love for running and soon I was introduced to the Reno Tahoe Odyssey Relay Race. My husband, Pete, has run every year since its inception, so when he spontaneously suggested we get married during the 2012 event, I said yes!
Over a couple of beers, we asked the race director for his blessing and for our returning 2011 teammates to be our minister, groomsmen, and bridesmaids. A quick text to the maid of honor and best man, and Team “Wedding Party” was ready to run!
We exchanged vows at the Virginia City, NV, Exchange Point and the ceremony (tracked on my husband’s Garmin, of course) involved running shoes, a GUquet, , our kids, dedicated family and friends, and a few hundred runners as witness. Immediately after that ring was placed on my finger and I threw my GUquet, my first mile as a newlywed began: I ran from 1 S C St, a.k.a The Bucket of Blood Saloon, out of Virginia City, and my new husband ran with me.
It was the perfect setting for us to take the next step in our almost-five-year relationship. My husband’s 1,000' elevation gain run up Gold Hill into Virginia City (and all the other hills we ran up and down before that) was the perfect metaphor for the successes and challenges one often faces in life, as well as in love.
We’re still running and looking forward to celebrating our 2nd anniversary at the 10th Annual Reno Tahoe Odyssey on May 30.