Post # 1
Does this sound like something a woman would/should be excited about?
My GF is running the Nationals Triathlon in Burlington VT at the end of the month and I want to do it while we are up there. However, is there to much commotion going on at the finish line for this to take place?
Am I better off going back to the Waterfront later that night and proposing?
If you think the finish line is a great idea, should I do it with a sign that says something like
(BIB #) is always #1 in my heart
Then when she crosses the finish line spin it around and have it say WILL YOU MARRY ME?
Post # 3
Its a tough call because we dont know her.
Some women would love it because its creative and would love that a great day got even better, but others would not like it because of everyone all around or because they are all sweaty and tired.
Post # 4
@KeithT: I LOVE this idea, but I think you need to be prepared for it to maybe not quite work out — like, sometimes as I approach a finish line I immediately see my friends/family and get to wave at them, but other times I totally don’t see them at all until we manage to meet up afterwards. But if it works out properly, I think it’s an amazing idea!!!!! And if it doesn’t, you can always just come back to the waterfront later as a backup plan.
Post # 5
Awwwww, such a sweet idea and it’s fantastic that your giving this amazing event so much thought! Totally depends on the girl if this is a good or bad idea. If she is very concerned about her appearance and lack of make up, I would say not the best timing. If she doesn’t wear much make up and is fitness focused than I couldn’t think of a better way. At the Nike Women’s marathon a firefighter in a tux gives all the women who finish a Tiffany necklace at the finish line. Enough to make a lot of women want to participate! This could be a very memorable way to propose, but gauge her inclination on being exhausted and sweaty during such a big moment. Best of luck!
Post # 6
I think it’s a really sweet idea, but I agree with the PPs about how it depends on your SO. Is she the type that get’s a runner’s high and is all excited after a race or is she the type that can barely form cohesive sentences for an hour? If she’s the former I say go for it, if the latter I say wait until the evening.
Post # 7
It totally depends on the woman… I’ve done tri’s but I’m so tired, sweaty, and there’s such an overload of stimuli at the end of a tri that I’d feel a little overwhelmed and unable to process a proposal. Some ladies want to be all dolled up because often pictures are taken during/right after a proposal, but others couldn’t care less.
No matter what you choose, good luck and congrats!!!! =o)
Post # 8
DO IT!!!! She’s running a marathon, and if it’s her first one, it’s such an accomplishment to complete. Might as well tack on some extra adrenaline to make for a great story.
Post # 9
Loving the positive feedback, making me feel so much better about this idea. She hasn’t worn makeup (outside of a few times) in the 2 years we have been dating so she is not concerned about apperance at all. She loves to be suprised and this would be a HUGE suprise as she does not think I am thinking about marriage until after she finished her Doctorate (next spring).
Post # 10
I think it really depends on your girlfriend.
My friends all joked that my (then) boyfriend was going to propose at the end of the half-marathon I ran ran back in April and there was nothing I wanted less. Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to get engaged – but when I’m exhausted, hot, sweaty, disgusting, and all swollen? No thank you. That was another thing – I get really swollen when I run – my fingers especially. If FI had proposed after my half, the ring absolutely wouldn’t have fit, which would have been sad and anti-climatic. Also, I don’t know how big that race is, but the finishing areas are always a bit of a mess – you are elated, trying to eat your banana, drink your water, and get your medal, plus trying to find your loved ones – add a proposal into that? Whooo buddy.
On the other hand, I’m sure there are women who would love a post-race proposal – you know your girlfriend best. Good luck with whatever you do!
Post # 11
This is so sweet! Do it!!
Post # 12
Sounds like an awesome idea to me!! (Unless she is the type who would want to look perfect when proposed to). I don’t know about doing it RIGHT as she crosses the finish line though because that might be chaotic. Will there be other family/friends there with you cheering her on? What I would do is as soon as she is done and comes over for a hug, have a friend take a photo of you together, and right as she poses for the photo drop to one knee with the ring so the friend gets the shots of you doing it and her being all shocked/excited.
Post # 13
I would have loved this! I bet you could speak to the race organizers about doing it so you could be on the other side of the corrals by the athletes (and not stuck with the race watchers) so you could grab her right when she crosses the finish line and get down on one knee!!!
Post # 14
I am a marathon runner and that was like my DREAM proposal hah!
My fiance was going to do it after the chicago marathon last year but he couldnt wait that long he told me afterwards!! I think that is the cutest/sweetest idea… I saw someone do it at the end of a different race I was in and he had HUGE signs that said “(her name), Will you marry me?” With roses everywhere and he was down on 1 knee waiting for her to cross the finish line.. sooo cute!! Goodluck!
Post # 15
I forgot to add: some people are very self-conscious in front of a crowd, even when it’s a proposal… this goes for you proposing and her having the spotlight put on her to answer in front of everyone. Even if she knows she wants to marry you, some girls don’t want to have that moment in front of a lot of people. I don’t know her, so just use your best judgement. It’s such a personal moment and you know her best!
Post # 16
@RachelM: oo i like that idea!