Marco race has it all, including marriage proposal

The 2nd Annual Marco Half Marathon had it all, including a marriage proposal.

The more than 300 runners got off to a quick start as the sun was rising.

ML Meade, one of the run founders, said, “the runners marveled at the sun coming up and the moon going down as they ran over and back on the Goodland Bridge.”

The proposal occurred after awards were given out at the end of the race.

Obviously the couple has running as a compatible sport.

Andrew Holland and Allyson Swanson, both of Naples each finished third overall.

Meade said race officials knew what Holland was going to do so they brought the top three male and female finishers up together.

After each received their medals Holland took the microphone, telling her that they enjoyed so much together, that they were best friends and he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.

She said, Yes.

The musicians played “Going to the Chapel.”

Lisa Sbertoli, daughter of the late Carole Sbertoli, out the awards. The race began as a tribute to her mother as an active community member and supporter of the Marco Greater Family YMCA. The YMCA, Marco Police Foundation and Marco Fire-Rescue Foundations were recipients of funds raised from the run.

The top three male finishers were Mike Korir of Hollywood, Fla., Marcus Dumas of Fort Myers and Holland.

Top three females, Lindsay Ulrich of Marco Island, Erin Howe of Naples and Swanson.

Top Female Masters, 40-44, were Pamela Tanner, Naples, Mary McNulty, Medway, Mass. and Marybeth Dee of Naples. Top Male Masters were Guy Holmes of Armada, Mich., John Gervase, Marco Island and Ed Blankenship of Naples.

Top Female Grandmasters, 45-49, were Chantale Mercier, Montreal, Marcella McLoughlin, Fort Myers and Marion Keane, Norfolk, Mass. Top Male grandmasters were Bruce Noukov, Marco Island, Germain Bolvin, Montreal and Robert Defianesco, Bonita Springs.

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