Allison and Joel

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How We Met

Joel and I met at Southwest Baptist University. We were both juniors and we met at a mutual friends house at a party one night. It’s a small campus and so I was surprised I didn’t recognize or know who Joel was. I’m a Biology major and Joel is a Business major so I guess our paths never crossed until the night we met. We probably talked for over two hours the night we met.

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how they asked

I (Allison) had zero clue that the proposal was coming on the day of my half marathon. I’d ran the Bass Pro Half Marathon for three years in a row. I was super excited because my whole family was going to be there and so was Joel to cheer me on. Around mile three I saw my family standing on the side of the road, along with a huge group of our friends. I was surprised all of our friends were there but didn’t really think anything of it. At the same mile marker Joel was holding a sign that said “You WILL survive”. At each different mile another sign was added.

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The second sign read “YOU got this kid”. Each of our friends was holding a sign. The runners in my pace group caught on before I did and they kept saying to me “Don’t you get it” and I had no idea. It wasn’t until mile eight that all four of the signs were up and Joel was holding the final sign that said “run with ME?” I finally put it all together and figured out that he was proposing. All of the fellow runners out there know that I was going for a PR that race and didn’t stop.

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Fast forward to the finish line and there he was at the end and down on one knee. He said the sweetest things and then asked if I wanted to marry him. I obviously said yes. We were interviewed by multiple newspapers and that was a nice touch. We walked out of the race area and were greeted by my parents, sister, and all of our friends. This proposal was better than anything I could have imagined and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with Joel!

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P.S. In the photo’s I’m wearing the neon pink tank top. Joel is holding the first sign as I run past! I was just thinking to myself “How nice of him to make that cute sign” :) All of our friends who helped out with making the signs. :) Joel is holding the final sign. Around mile eight is where all of the signs were together and I finally figured it out.

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