MANKATO — Tired and laboring to cross the finish line, a Courtland couple gave the Mankato Marathon a special twist this year by holding their wedding ceremony just past the finish area for the race.
Rachel Nachreiner and Steve Page tied the knot Sunday on stage at the marathon award location next to the Verizon Wireless Center. The couple, members of the wedding party and Nachreiner's sister, who was carrying the wedding rings, all ran together in the half marathon.
At the last mile of the run, Nachreiner's father and three of the couple's children joined the group to keep up with the tradition of walking the bride down the aisle. In a touch of humor, Nachreiner's father Mike sported a tuxedo t-shirt.
The couple stayed in their running outfits for the public ceremony, with District Court Judge Krista Jass officiating.
Despite looking surprisingly well composed for just completing a heavy run, the couple showed some signs of exhaustion when Page's trembling hands momentarily held him up from sliding the wedding ring on Nachreiner's finger. But, after a few tries, the couple was able to finish the action and seal the ceremony with a kiss, which as greeted by a resounding cheer from the onlooking crowd.
Nachreiner said the couple came up with the idea when they were looking for an unique, fun wedding theme that could get everyone involved. She said the couple has prioritized staying fit together in their relationship, and that they wanted to set a good example for their children.
After the ceremony, the wedding party slowly departed to their private reception.