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Runners marry during marathon in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) -- Two old friends who reconnected during the Portland Marathon in Oregon five years ago held their wedding at the 20-mile mark of this year's race.

Katie Holmes and Eric Johansson, friends who began dating and had a son after getting together at the 20-mile mark of the marathon five years ago, said they decided to wed Thursday after running the first 20 miles side by side, KPTV, Portland, reported Monday.

Holmes was dressed in white with a veil-bearing baseball cap while Johansson ran by her side in a Dri-Fit tuxedo shirt. They stepped off the course into Columbia Park at the 20-mile mark, where they greeted their waiting family and friends.

"It's wonderful, the best day," Holmes said. Very memorable. The most memorable marathon ever, I think.

The couple completed the last 6.2 miles of the marathon after completing their ceremony.

"I think it'll be a little easier now," Holmes said before departing for the last leg of the run. I've got a little adrenaline going through my body right now.

Copyright 2012 by United Press International

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