Susie Eisenberg-Argo and Dave Comstock didn’t experience the Boston Marathon like most runners. They ran, they got pelted with rain and shivered from the cold, but they did something during the race that no one else did.
They got married.
Sarah Lorge Butler of Runner’s World talked to the couple, and wrote about their unique story. They met years ago at a running club in Texas, and were friends (and runners) for a long time before getting involved romantically. They both love running, and they each have a long history with the Marathon — Comstock has run it eight times, and Eisenberg-Argo has run it nearly every year since 2004 — so it made a lot of sense for them to get married while they ran it.
Well, they didn’t actually get married while running (though I’m sure at least one ordained minister was running on Monday). They had picked a spot on mile 20, and that’s where 30 friends and family gathered and waited for them to arrive. The police patrolling the area removed the barricades so they could join up with their guests, and they got married right there on the race route. The happy couple wore garbage bags to stay dry, and were shielded by a chuppah of colorful umbrellas.
It was a beautiful moment, but it wasn’t a trouble-free journey to the altar — or, rather, the mile marker. Eisenberg-Argo was approaching the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off. Both she and Comstock, who had already finished the race, were safe. But later that year, Eisenberg-Argo was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. She had surgery just a few weeks later.
Eisenberg-Argo’s biggest question to her surgeon was whether she’d be able to run the Boston Marathon the following April. She made it, but It took a lot of work and perseverance. She needed a lot of time to recuperate from surgery, and then she underwent radiation every day for six weeks. But she and Comstock ran the 2014 Marathon together.
When they ran the marathon together this year, in their wedding t-shirts and a special veil for Susie, they received congratulations and well-wishes on their nuptials. For a couple with so much history at the Boston Marathon, it was the perfect place for them to get married and run — literally — into their new life together as husband and wife.
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