Brooklyn runners Alex Salazar, 39, and Krissa Cetner, 36, started their marriage off on the right foot Saturday when they made it official at the sixth mile of the Brooklyn Half Marathon.
The newlyweds ran the first six miles of the race in Prospect Park before breaking off at a grassy hill to say their “I dos.”
“It was so ‘us,’ ” said Salazar. “We wanted to do things our own way and not the typical cookie-cutter thing.”
The couple sported custom-made running gear to suit the occasion. Salazar, who works as a sales consultant, wore a technical fabric shirt with a black-and-white tuxedo pattern and Cetner wore a sleeveless white shirt with flower detailing. Both had a hashtag, #BKhalfwedding, printed on the back.
Salazar’s ordained friend, Alex Valentine, married the couple near the 11th Street entrance and Prospect Park West in front of nearly 100 friends and family. After the speedy 25-minute ceremony, the couple jumped back into the race, but not before donning “Just Married” bibs.
“We were so amped up. It was especially special because people cheered and yelled, ‘Congratulations!’ at us as we crossed the finish line,” said Salazar.
The couple believes the stamina it takes for running is similar to what it takes to keep a relationship healthy.
“Marriage is like a marathon, it’s not a sprint,” said Salazar.