FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A couple that runs together, stays together; at least that’s what a newlywed thinks. That was part of the reason David Martin and Kimberly Yates had their wedding ceremony during this year’s Fort4Fitness.
Martin and Yates ran in the day’s half marathon, and took about a 15 minute break at Foster Park to get married.
The ceremony lasted about 15 minutes at the park’s Bridal Glen. About 50 people made up of friends and family attended the ceremony, before the married Martin’s went on to complete the second half of the race.
“Our first half marathon was the 2013 Fort4Fitness. We loved the course and remembered the beauty of Foster Park, passing the Bridal Glen and Dave came up with the idea of getting married in the middle of the race,” Kimberly said.
David said he was originally joking when he came up with the idea, but was excited when his bride was on board with the idea.
David and Kimberly met as colleagues at Medtech. David’s an instructor there, while Kimberly works with admissions. David told NewsChannel 15 that the couple doesn’t see each other much at work, but enjoys their time running together.
“To be able to spend weekends together and do the things together as a couple makes it fantastic,” David said.
The couple stood out amongst the runners as David wore an all-black outfit with the word, “groom” on it and a black top hat. Kimberly wore all white and a veil. Even some members of the wedding party ran, wearing teal tux t-shirts that on the back read, “Bride & Co.”.
David said he and his wife would have finished the race earlier, but many runners wanted to stop to have their pictures taken with the newly married couple. He added he was thankful for all the congratulations and support others showed during the race.
“We’re looking forward to more races,” Kimberly said. “And of course we have anniversary runs from here on out at future Fort4Fitness.”
The Martins weren’t the only couple making wedding plans at this year’s Fort4Fitness. Dan Lambert and Tess Markovich, of Delta, Ohio, had their wedding ceremony Saturday night. The couple had their entire wedding party join them in Saturday’s four-mile run.
When Kyle Tew crossed the finish line with his girlfriend, Megan Bowers, and followed it up with a marriage proposal. Bowers said yes.