A marathon is a metaphor for life: a beginning, a middle and an end.
Groom Steve Page says, "It's very similar to any relationship. It's challenging. It's rewarding. It's exhilarating. It's great."
In this brave crowd, full of adrenaline, anticipation, and nerves, there's a couple from Courtland, well on their way to becoming Mr. and Mrs. Page.
Bride Rachel Nachreiner says, "Nervous and really excited."
Their training—fit into their busy lives—to get here: 30 to 35 miles a week.
Steve says, "We have four kids. So all we really have time for is our family, work and trying to keep in shape and set a good example for our kids."
Running side by side. From this day forward.
Steve says, "Couple years ago I don't think either one of us would every think that we would do this, but we just motivate each other. If one of us had a long day, maybe one of us had an off day, maybe don't feel like running, we just try to motivate the other person."
Rachel says, "I looked over at him and I said 'here we go.'"
On this, one of the biggest days of their lives.
"I'm very excited to marry my best friend."
With the finish line in sight, Rachel's dad joins the race.
Mike Nachreiner says, "She came running the last six blocks went real fast. It was all good."
After all, it is every father's job to walk his daughter down the aisle.
Mike says, "It was kinda like we get to the finish line on this part of her life and now she's starting a new part."
Each runner gets a medal when they cross the finish line. This race day, this couple got so much more at the end of the route, exchanging rings signifying a beautiful beginning and a promise to stick together on all the roads ahead.
The Pages say the idea to get married at the Mankato Marathon was a shared idea.
They planned a private reception for Sunday night and will be back to work Monday.
Their honeymoon will be a trip to next weekend's Vikings Packers game.