Samantha Legge simply completed working 21 kilometres and, drenched in sweat and feeling a bit unwell, who does she see ready at the finish line carrying a bow tie and spiffy go well with jacket with shorts and sneakers?
Her boyfriend, and he is smirking.
What’s that in his hand? Now he is getting down on one knee.
Legge had an inkling Scott Porter would possibly propose this weekend throughout the 18th-annual P.E.I. Marathon. Still, she mentioned she was in “absolute and utter shock” when he popped the question in the center of the road as different runners crossed the finish line.
“I felt a little bit sick from the half-marathon after which I look over and I see him and I see what he is carrying and I put two and two collectively,” mentioned Legge, who completed 106th in the half-marathon.
The couple, from Rusagonis, N.B., share a ardour for working. What higher place to propose?
Porter had completed the half-marathon about 10 minutes earlier, sufficient time to clean up and put his plan in place.
“This is what introduced us collectively,” he mentioned. “And I simply thought it could be a terrific match since she loves the Island.”
Hot bathtub with champagne
While Legge was out of breath, she managed to muster a sure and slip on the ring.
The couple mentioned they might have a good time the engagement by touring round the Island.
“And a scorching bathtub, as a result of I must relaxation my legs,” Legge mentioned. “Maybe with a glass of champagne.”
Clay Goodine of Fredericton and Sandra Cottreau of Charlottetown have been the males’s and ladies’s marathon winners.
Goodine, competing in simply his second marathon, completed at 2:59:39, quarter-hour off his first race final spring in New Brunswick.
Darren Chaisson of Souris completed second at 3:00:31.
The course document for the P.E.I. Marathon is 2:30.23 set by Dennis Mbelenzi in 2021.
Course altered resulting from Fiona
The course needed to be altered this 12 months resulting from injury from post-tropical storm Fiona. But Goodine mentioned it was nonetheless placing.
“The majority of it’s on the highway so there’s numerous individuals and it isn’t fairly as boring, particularly since I’m not from right here, so I get to type of see the place I’ve been getting misplaced driving round. I do know it fairly good now.”
Though she gained the Harvest Festival 25K and Dunk River 11.6K races earlier this 12 months, Cottreau mentioned she had no expectation coming into the 42.2K marathon on Sunday.
She completed at 3:17:40, good for fifteenth general.
“I by no means actually run to win. I simply like to run. But profitable makes you’re feeling a little bit bit higher.”
The P.E.I. Marathon is anticipated to be accredited as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.