His tuxedo was a fake. Just a T-shirt posing as one.
She was in white. No dress, but her veil was the real deal.
Karlie’s last name was Pyl during the 5-kilometer footrace of Saturday’s Sound to Narrows in Tacoma. She and Will Edwards decided to spend the last few hours of their betrothed lives running a race before later putting on their rings.
“We saw the race was on the same day and we were like, ‘Why not?’ What else are we going to be doing the first thing in the morning,” Karlie said.
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They were cross country runners together at Bonney Lake High School and crossed the finish line of Saturday’s 5K hand-in-hand.
Their wedding was scheduled in Gig Harbor later on Saturday.
And, yes, they said they were going to shower first.
Maybe this was so Will could see if he could catch his soon-to-be wife if she decided to be a runaway bride. Or maybe practice for the marathon that is marriage. But they didn’t originally plan on running a 5K before running to the altar.
“Today is my grandparents’ 51st wedding anniversary, and both of them passed away several years ago,” said Will, who is 22. “But I inherited the wedding ring and all that from my grandmother and that’s what I used to propose to (Karlie, 23) with.
“We felt like it was a good way to honor them at the same time. It so happened that Sound to Narrows fell on the same day, so that’s fantastic.”
Bonnie Harrison didn’t bring her groom.
The 42-year-old Puyallup native ran the 12-kilometer race in a white tutu alongside four of her friends as part of her bachelorette party.
Her and Peder Olsen’s wedding is set for July 4.
“Really, it was just a day to get together with the girls,” Harrison said. “And now we’re going to go out and later have a couple cocktails.”
James Mwaura was one place shy of advancing to the 3A state high school track and field championships in the 3,200-meter distance race as a Lincoln High School freshman last month. He placed sixth in the district race.
Mwaura left no doubt in Saturday’s 5K at Sound to Narrows.
His time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds beat second-place Antonio Hernandez, also a Lincoln track and field athlete, and even one of his coaches — Abes assistant track coach Andrew Fuller, who took third.
Mwaura said he’s been running in Sound to Narrows since his pastor at Prince of Peace persuaded him to try it in the fifth grade.
“I was kind of fast, but I’ve run faster before,” Mwaura said.
At least he didn’t run in the wrong direction, like another Lincoln track athlete.
“I ran with the 12K, so I had to turn around,” said senior-to-be Michael Ha.