As every runner toes the start line, within them resides the story that carried them there. Those stories are made up of moments that culminate in milestones.
The history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is made of moments and milestones created by runners just like you. In honor of our 20th anniversary celebration, we invite runners to share their most memorable running moments with us.
This is the story of Sanom and Vance P. from Franklin, TN.
A Couple That Runs Together, Stays Together
That’s certainly the case for Vance and Sanom from Tennessee.
The two met 10 years ago at their local triathlon club and were married four years later, in 2010, at the finish line of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon (then called the Country Music Marathon).
Yes, you read that right—married at the finish line.
Vance and Sanom ran the race with their entire bridal party, which included five bridesmaids in red sequin skirts and four groomsmen in tuxedo cycling shirts. Two of the bridesmaids and two of the groomsmen opted for the half marathon, while everyone else ran the marathon.
A race-day wedding is already out of the ordinary, so add to that some extreme weather, and you have one crazy, unforgettable day. In fact, the rain and lightning got so bad that a detour was implemented as a safety precaution, causing Sanom and her bridesmaids to end their race at 23 miles.
Vance, who leads the 3:30 pace group for the Nashville Striders every year, was able to finish the marathon about 20 minutes ahead of the storm cutoff.
“The original plan for the ceremony—with the help of Peter Pressman, president of the Nashville Striders—was to be held on the main stage were the band was playing at the finish line,” Vance said. “Due to the weather, the ceremony was held in the VIP tent. It was an exciting day, and, despite the weather, everything turned out great.”
Two weeks later, Vance and Sanom celebrated their honeymoon by completing an Ironman in Hawaii.
As for Vance, this past year marked the 10th consecutive year he’s lead the 3:30 pace group for the Nashville Striders at this race, and he’ll return to the 2017 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon Start Line for his 11th.
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