Photos courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
CHICAGO — A special feat had some extra satisfaction for two people at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon.
One engaged couple chose to get married at the 8-mile mark of the race. According to the Chicago Tribune, the couple had disagreed in the past over when and where to have the ceremony: He wanted a big ceremony with many guests, she wanted a quick, easy wedding at City Hall.
What came was a bit of a compromise. The bride, Stephanie Reinhart, got her quick ceremony. The groom, Mark Jockel, got not just many guests, but thousands. In a ceremony that took less than four minutes, the couple said “I do” under a golden arch decorated with medals.
They then proceeded to run the remaining 18 miles of the race.
“It took me a day or two to come around to the idea,” Jockel told the Tribune. “But everyone I talked to about it was like, ‘That’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever heard. You’ve got to do it.’ ”
According to the Tribune, marathon officials did not play a part in the ceremony, but they were OK with what conspired, including the makeshift altar and the dozens of onlookers and runners who stopped to take pictures.
One could say the ceremony was fitting: The couple reportedly met in 2013 while training with the Chicago Area Runners Association.