They’re in it for the long term.
A pair who received hitched halfway by means of the Brooklyn Half Marathon in 2017 will have fun their five-year anniversary by hitting the highway — and competing in the identical race that sealed the deal.
Seasoned lovebirds Alex Salazar, 44, and Krissa Cetner, 41, plan to pound the pavement for 13.1 miles on the New York Highway Runners occasion on Could 21 in honor of the primary leg of their marriage.
“We’re 5 years in — and we nonetheless like one another. We survived COVID, being cooped up in a home with a 2-year-old,” stated Salazar, a 44-year-old technical advisor who lives with Cetner in Prospect Heights.
“Marriage has its ups and downs, clearly. Two years of pandemic will add some stress. However, total, we nonetheless have a powerful relationship.”
The pair’s speedy wedding ceremony ceremony — held at mile 6 of the race, close to eleventh Road entrance and Prospect Park West— made headlines in Could 2017, together with their fitness-centric love story.
On the time, Salazar’s ordained buddy, Alex Valentine, married them in entrance of 100 pals they usually slipped into “Simply Married” bibs.
Nowadays, they’ve a 3 year-old-son named Myles — operating pun meant — which makes it harder to coach collectively.
“The identify was by dorky design as a result of we’re dorky runner folks,” stated Salazar, including that having a younger child forces them to run individually. “We used to run collectively however now that we’ve a 3-year-old, it’s more durable.”
“It’s nonetheless very a lot part of our lives although we don’t get to do it as a lot,” he stated.
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For his or her run-iversary, they plan to sport the identical custom-made wedding ceremony gear — together with a spandex tuxedo for Salazar— with the hashtag #BKhalfwedding printed on the again of their tops. They’ll cease once more halfway although the race, which begins in Prospect Park and stretches south, to snap a photograph.
Cetner, a 41-year-old orthopedic nurse practitioner, stated the race is one of the best ways to honor placing your finest foot ahead in good occasions and dangerous.
“Operating is likely one of the causes we’re collectively and we like it,” she stated. “We are able to’t consider a greater method to have fun our anniversary.”
On the end line, close to the Coney Island Boardwalk, New York Highway Runners is planning a celebration with Myles and the couple’s one-eyed rescue canine, Mike Wazowski, who was named after the cyclops from “Monsters, Inc.”
The group additionally plans to provide the couple new bibs for the race, this time studying: “BROOKLYN HALF 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY.”