Racing to the Altar

Kim: Theresa, who was my maid-of-honor, had done a couple relays and absolutely loved them. She was going to do Ragnar anyway, so I told her not to sign up for any other team and be on ours. So she was in. 

Matt and Theresa's significant others are just as crazy as them, so they ran with us...it all worked out.

How did you guys handle the planning of a wedding and a relay?

Kim: I was little stressed with making sure I had everything for the race. I wanted to make sure we had plenty of food and all that stuff because as an ultra-team you are constantly moving. You have very little time to stop. For me, I was distracted with relay thoughts. I didn't stress out about the wedding.

Tyler: Packing for a relay, wedding and honeymoon was a little stressful. But, I think knowing we had the race to do before the ceremony was a buffer. We didn't have time to sit and stress for last minute stuff. Everything had to be planned and ready before he hit the road because we would be running for 26 hours prior to the ceremony. So whatever didn't get done, didn't get done.

And it helped that our parents were there. So they could do some last minute running around for us. Everything just fell into place.

Kim: We wanted that festive feel, but a small ceremony.

Kim, it's funny that you wanted a small wedding because it was anything but that. (Their ceremony was on the beach in a small corner during sunset. People sat along the pier and beach to watch the sunset and their wedding ceremony.)

Kim: (Laughing) I know, it was so cool. Running is a huge part of my life. You meet so many people on the course, what better way to celebrate. I mean they were there, but not there at the same time. We were in such an intimidate space.

Tyler: It was exactly what we planned. We just wanted to share our love for running and love for each other with 5,000 of our closest friends. (Laughing)

Tyler: Also, Ragnar Relay was kind enough to grant us a team number exemption. We were supposed to be team number...

Kim: 166

Tyler: 166 and I thought about how cool it would be to be team 1712

Kim: Our wedding date.

Tyler: So that was our team number.

Kim: And our honeymoon was in Key West. We stayed a few extra days after Ragnar.

Tyler: My brain is still in the Keys. (Laughing)

What's next?

Kim: It's pretty full. I am doing a 100-miler. Tyler qualified for Boston. It was his running goal and he achieved it, so he gets to run in Boston. So we will be able to support each other.

Tyler: Yea, Kim and my family will be able to come to Boston. It has been a major running goal of mine since I started running. So to be able to share that with them is just an amazing feeling.

Kim: I've never spectated him in a marathon because we've always ran together. So I am excited to watch him and support him.

Tyler: I'm not sure what years we will run the Ragnar Relay FLK, but it's certainly going to be our anniversary celebration. It's something we've talked about. It will always hold a special place in hearts.

Kim: Oh we'll have the bridal party come with us. (Laughing)

Tyler: I think our family is banking on us going every year so they have a reason to go to the Keys and have a nice little vacation. (Laughing)

But, overall this has been an incredible experience for both of us. And we are excited for the future.

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