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Couple gets engaged at MS Blues Marathon finish line

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Ohio couple gets engaged at MS Blues Marathon finish line Ohio couple gets engaged at MS Blues Marathon finish line
Ryan Henderson of Madison is Mississippi's first MS Blues Marathon winner Ryan Henderson of Madison is Mississippi's first MS Blues Marathon winner
Lindsey Pierret of Minn. was the women's winner Lindsey Pierret of Minn. was the women's winner
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thousands of runners representing all fifty states and several countries hit the streets of Jackson for the one-of-a-kind 7th annual Mississippi Blues Marathon.

This year's race was filled with lots of unexpected surprises at the finish line.

Candace Nichols and Mark Schenk, a couple from Ohio, were among the 3,500 runners who took off through the streets of Jackson.

Nichols completed the half marathon and Schenk ran the full marathon.  Towards the finish line Nichols received the surprise of a lifetime.

"He was wearing this coming down and I just thought it was a headband and I'm thinking to myself where did you pick up the headband, then he got down on one knee and I was 100% surprised," Nichols told WLBT.

Wearing a "marry me" headband Schenk pulled out an engagement ring and proposed.

"So you were hanging onto the ring all throughout the 26 miles?" asked WLBT's Jewell Hillery.

 "Yeah, I had it in my little pack here I kept checking to make sure the zipper wasn't coming undone, it's insured," said Schenk.

The race which was of course filled with blues music, as well as the powerful sound of Jackson school bands, included some other pleasant surprises at the finish line.

Madison resident Ryan Henderson became the first Mississippian to take home first place in the Blues Marathon.

"A lot of stuff is a little sore so it's going to take some time to recover from it, but it's worth it," said Henderson.

This year's female winner is Lindsey Pierret from Minnesota. One race this weekend just wasn't enough though.

Pierret is one of 400 other Blues Marathon runners, running another marathon in Mobile, Alabama Sunday.

"It's my newest form of crazy is what I call it," said Pierret.

Speaking of crazy, Schenk and Nichols, the newly engaged couple has what many might consider a crazy idea for a wedding.

"Do you think you guys will get married at a race" asked Hillery. "We've talked about it, we've talked about having a running wedding," said Nichols.

Race Director John Noblin said the Blues Marathon generates around $1 million in revenue.

 

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