Bended Knee At The Finish
A love of running led Darryl Brown and Scarlett Geunes-Boyer to one another.
So Darryl picked the time and place he thought was most appropriate to pop the big question.
Scarlett had just completed her 3,000 meters race at Thursday's Night at The Races at the Armory. Darryl would begin his 5,000 in just a few minutes.
He had pre-planned his proposal by contacting meet director Ian Brooks and the moment came off perfectly on the track with Ian's microphone in Darryl's hand. (Perfect because the question, and ring, was answered with "Yes.")
On the Armory's Jumbotron, a graphic lit up with the words "Scarlett, Will You Marry Me?"
"It was perfect," she said.
The couple, from Downington, Pa., met at the town's Good Neighbor Day road race on July 4 last summer.
"I was surprised," Scarlett said. "I knew it would happen soon and I'm glad (the proposal) was at a race."
Darryl had been to The Armory before and knew about the arena's big screen. For Scarlett, her first time in the building was a memorable one.
He was the one who bore the burden of nerves.
"I had no time to focus at all on my race," Darryl said. "I couldn't warmup because I didn't wan to forget what I wanted to say to her."
Once the proposal was made, Darryl still had 25 laps to run.
"At one point during the race I wanted to stop," he said. "But then I thought, 'I can't. Everyone in here knows who I am now.'"
There was no indication Thursday whether they will get married with their running shoes on. Tentative plans are for a ceremony in the fall.