Some runners on this 12 months’s New York Metropolis Marathon could have dropped to their knees from exhaustion, however one out-of-town participant obtained down on his knee to pop the query.
Arizona resident Kristopher Glocksien shocked his girlfriend of 4 years Wendy Macias, who was cheering him on from the sidelines on mile 17 on the Higher East Facet, when he made a short cease to suggest in the course of the Nov. 7 sports activities occasion.
“I just tried to get him to read my sign, I did not expect it,” Macias informed amNewYork Metro.
Glocksien, a grounds and upkeep technician, is an skilled athlete and often competes in triathlons, however Sunday’s competitors was his first marathon.
“It was nice to just have to run,” he said. “I had a little extra energy to pop the question I guess.”
He carried the ring in his pocket for the primary 15 miles or so of the race, from Staten Island by way of Brooklyn and Queens, earlier than protecting it on his pinky finger as soon as he knew he was getting shut to Macias and his household watching from First Avenue close to East 86th Road.
“It was a big event and, I don’t know, I was having a good race and thought, ‘why not,’” he said. “The whole family was there to see, so it kind of worked out.”
She said “yes” and fewer than a minute after his courageous transfer, he kept on his 26.2 mile journey, heading towards the Bronx. The gorgeous encounter was captured on video by his sister Kristin Malone, and her sister-in-law Alanna quickly posted it on social media.
My sister-in-law’s brother ran 17 miles with an engagement ring on his pinkie so he might shock his gf with proposal in center of #NYCMarathon2021. Then he was off to end the race! 😂 #55secondproposal #romance @NY1 @ABC7NY @nowthisnews @AP_Sports @NYTSports @SInow pic.twitter.com/rJxGBiUzFI
— Alanna Malone (@AlannaMalone) November 7, 2021
“All of a sudden he pops down on one knee and took us all by surprise,” said Kristin. “We all were crying and taking videos and stuff.”
The runner was glad to be part of the marathon’s celebrated return this 12 months, following the occasion being referred to as off by organizers in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“It was a bucket list kind of thing,” he said. “It was really fun, it’s unbelievable how many people showed up for it.”
The glad couple flew in from the Copper State Thursday and Macias, who works on the Arizona State Bar, said she’s watched her now-fiancé for a lot of a race.
“Many hours of spectating,” she said. “It took a marathon for this to happen.”
The 2 lovebirds and their household will rejoice within the metropolis with some slices and brews earlier than heading again out west.
“We’ll finish out the day here,” so Glocksien. “Probably grab some pizza and beers.”