Samantha Legge has just finished running 21 kilometers and, drenched in sweat and a little sick, who does she see waiting at the finish line wearing a bow tie and spiffy suit with shorts and sneakers?
Her boyfriend and he is smiling.
What does he have in his hand? Now he is about to drop to one knee.
Legge had a hunch that Scott Porter might propose this weekend during the 18th annual PEI Marathon. Still, she said she was in “absolute and complete shock” when he popped the question in the middle of the street as other runners crossed the finish line.
“I felt a little sick after the half marathon and then I look over and I see him and I see what he’s wearing and I put two and two together,” said Legge, who finished 106th in the half marathon.
The couple from Rusagonis, NB, share a passion for running. What better place to suggest?
Porter had finished the half marathon about 10 minutes earlier, enough time to freshen up and set his plan in place.
“That’s what brought us together,” he said. “And I just thought it would be a good fit since she loves the island.”
Hot bath with champagne
While Legge was out of breath, she managed to muster a yes and slide onto the ring.
The couple said they would celebrate the engagement by touring the island.
“And a hot bath, because I need to rest my legs,” said Legge. “Maybe with a glass of champagne.”
Clay Goodine of Fredericton and Sandra Cottreau of Charlottetown were the men’s and women’s marathon winners.
Goodine, competing in just her second marathon, finished in 2:59:39, 15 minutes behind her first race last spring in New Brunswick.
Darren Chaisson of Souris was second in 3:00:31.
The PEI Marathon course record is 2:30.23 set by Dennis Mbelenzi in 2021.
Course changed due to Fiona
The course had to be changed this year due to damage from post-tropical storm Fiona. But Goodine said it was still striking.
“Most of it is on the road, so there are lots of people and it’s not quite as boring, especially since I’m not from here, so I can kind of see where I’ve lost my way driving around. I know. pretty well now.”
Although she won the Harvest Festival 25K and Dunk River 11.6K races earlier this year, Cottreau said she had no expectations coming into the 42.2K marathon on Sunday.
She finished in 3:17:40, good for 15th place overall.
“I never really run to win. I just love to run. But winning makes you feel a little bit better.”
The PEI Marathon is expected to be approved as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.