- On Sunday, Kaitlyn Curran, a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital, ran the New York City Marathon.
- Around mile 16, her boyfriend, Dennis Galvin, a firefighter, proposed to her.
- She said yes.
- Curran finished the race in 4 hours and 24 minutes, and she and Galvin are happy.
- But people have a lot of thoughts about the proposal.
Over the weekend, Kaitlyn Curran, a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital, ran the New York City Marathon. And when she hit the 16-mile mark, she was met with quite the surprise.
Beside the Queensboro Bridge, her boyfriend, firefighter Dennis Galvin, hopped the barricade, got down on one knee, and proposed.
Good news for the couple, who live in Jersey City, New Jersey – she said yes! Galvin’s cousin Kathleen Figueroa captured the now viral moment on camera, and it has since been reposted by CBS.
“My cousin was really nervous. He was really excited but really nervous,” Figueroa told INSIDER. “But we all knew she would say yes, so we weren’t too worried about it.”
Online, people had a lot of thoughts about the proposal
People took to the comments section of CBS’ post to sound off.
Some thought it was adorable.
“She must have flown to the finish line! Congratulations,” someone wrote. “Only in New York!” another person added. “So cute!” another wrote.
Others thought Galvin stepped over the line when he literally jumped over the barricade, interrupting the race.
“men, never do this. he just f—ed up her pace, big time,” one person wrote. “Finish line, dude,” someone else commented. “You messed up her pace, do it after,” a third person wrote.
The couple are happily engaged
But Figueroa told INSIDER that Galvin was positive of his choice to propose mid-race – and Curran was thrilled, too.
“He wanted to do it at the first Manhattan stop, so he could easily find her,” Figueroa said. “At the end of the race it could be messy – like, a lot of people, and after 26 miles, it’s a long race.”
Curran went on to finish the race in 4 hours and 24 minutes,CBS reported.
Well, they met at the finish line to commemorate their newly minted engagement – and Curran’s completion of the race, of course. After a post-run celebration with friends and family, the couple headed on vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Figueroa said.
“It was just indescribable. So many people were crying tears of happiness,” she said of the moments after the proposal. “It’s just two really great people who found each other and love each other. And we’re all just so happy for them – it was so surreal.”
And if all this mixing of sports and romance sounds vaguely familiar, it’s probably because engagements were a popular trend at the Rio Olympics in 2016: Five Olympic athletes got engaged during the games. Notably, stadium manager Marjorie Enya proposed to her then girlfriend, Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo. Later in the games, Chinese diver Qin Kai proposed to his teammate He Zi while she was on the podium picking up her silver medal.
Sports are life and sports are love.
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