Tse proposed to Hughes in Terminal C of Newark Airport when they flew to Atlanta to visit her family. As they began planning their wedding a year ago, they ran into a scheduling conflict: Their top choice, the Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, was available only on May 20, 2017, the same day as the half marathon they wanted to run. To race or to wed? “We thought about it for maybe a minute,” Tse says, “and realized this was actually pretty fortuitous.” “Yeah, it really couldn’t be more appropriate,” Hughes adds. “This is the community that brought us together in the first place.” When they sent out their invitations, they asked if guests were interested in running the morning of the wedding. They also promised to run a little slower than usual to keep up with runners less experienced than they are. As both wedding and race approached, Tse sent out forms for the prospective runners to fill out, along with coaching guides and a reminder to sign up. It worked: The race sold out in just under 30 minutes — “It was like we were getting tickets for Beyoncé,” Tse says — and all their guests made it in. One of them, Judith Ackerman, flew in from Denver. She met the bride and groom when she lived in Brooklyn and ran with them there. “Our running community is our family,” says Ackerman, 42.
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