They’re in it for the long term.
A pair who bought hitched halfway by means of the Brooklyn Half Marathon in 2017 will celebrate 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 Road Runners occasion on May 21 in honor of the primary leg of their marriage.
“We’re five years in — and we still like each other. We survived COVID, being cooped up in a house with a 2-year-old,” stated Salazar, a 44-year-old technical guide who lives with Cetner in Prospect Heights.
“Marriage has its ups and downs, obviously. Two years of pandemic will add some stress. But, overall, we still have a strong relationship.”
The pair’s speedy marriage ceremony ceremony — held at mile 6 of the race, close to eleventh Street entrance and Prospect Park West— made headlines in May 2017, together with their fitness-centric love story.
At the time, Salazar’s ordained buddy, Alex Valentine, married them in entrance of 100 pals and so they slipped into “Just Married” bibs.
These days, they’ve a 3 year-old-son named Myles — working pun meant — which makes it harder to prepare collectively.
“The name was by dorky design because we’re dorky runner people,” stated Salazar, including that having a younger child forces them to run individually. “We used to run together but now that we have a 3-year-old, it’s harder.”
“It’s still very much a part of our lives even though we don’t get to do it as much,” he stated.
For their run-iversary, they plan to sport the identical custom-made marriage 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 the easiest way to honor placing your greatest foot ahead in good instances and dangerous.
“Running is one of the reasons we’re together and we love it,” she stated. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary.”
At the end line, close to the Coney Island Boardwalk, New York Road 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 give the couple new bibs for the race, this time studying: “BROOKLYN HALF 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY.”