Katie & Eric
Katie Cunnane and Eric Rybczynski grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, only 15 minutes apart from each other; they even attended the same preschool. However, their paths crossed twenty years later in St. Louis, Missouri, when the two met for lunch.
Eric, a 12-year survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, was a new triathlete racing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. As their relationship evolved, Katie became his biggest supporter, attending every one of Eric’s races. Soon, she became hooked on the sport as well, signing up for her first triathlon in 2011. Today, the two race together for Team in Training, completing St. Anthony’s Triathlon and Branson 70.3 in 2012.
“Triathlon plays a crucial role in our relationship as it strengthens our commitment to each other to stay healthy and active,” says Eric, “It provides an engaging hobby that we can both participate in and have passion for together.”
Shortly before their 70.3 race in Branson, the two traveled to Europe, where Eric proposed on the cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea on Italy. They toasted their engagement with locally-made Limoncello, which will serve as the signature aperitif at their wedding on Sept. 21, 2013 in Naperville, Illinois.
The two continue to train and race through wedding planning. Jokes Katie:
“Eric is feverishly trying to schedule races around all the pre-wedding activities required for a Catholic wedding!”