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Tying The Knot: Meet Five Engaged Triathlon Couples

  • By Susan Lacke
  • Published Feb 14, 2013


Though most people aren’t looking for love in the transition area, some triathletes have found romance amidst the swim, bike and run. This Valentine’s Day, we celebrate five triathlete couples who will tie the knot in 2013.

Mary Ellen & Wayne

When Mary Ellen Graf, joined the Wykoff YMCA in New Jersey, a handsome member of the triathlon club caught her eye. Soon, Wayne Loranger, became her favorite partner for triathlon and romance.

“We trained together last year for the New York City Ironman, and it was the first Ironman for both of us. Training for this triathlon is grueling, but being able to share that experience helped each other tremendously,” recalls Mary Ellen, “We shared aches and pains, highlights and lowlights, and were a great support system for one another during the 8 months of training. Completing that race together is something we will never forget.”

Little did Mary Ellen know, a new finish-line high was waiting for her just a few months after Ironman NYC. Wayne planned a romantic proposal at the finish line of the New York City Marathon, but Superstorm Sandy, which cancelled the race, thwarted his plans. Under the guise of wanting to use their marathon fitness, Wayne suggested they travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the following weekend for the city’s marathon. It was there where he was finally able to propose to Mary Ellen.

Wayne and Mary Ellen will marry on Aug. 17, 2013, in Englewood, New Jersey. The two plan to start their wedding day the same way they started their relationship: running with their training group.

“These people have become some of the most important people in our lives,” says Mary Ellen, “the wonderful friendships that we have formed through this group is an extension of our love for one another and another blessing that has come our way since becoming a couple.”

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