California runner Shonra Taylor will be wearing her new engagement ring today as she participates in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Taylor accepted boyfriend Brian Goodell’s surprise marriage proposal at the marathon’s finish line less than 24 hours before she was set to compete.
“I was feeling really nervous and sick about the race,” Taylor told New England Cable News (NECN), “but I have something else to focus on now, I guess.”
When pressed about whether she would be wearing her diamond engagement ring during the grueling 26.2-mile race, the Royal Grande, Calif., native first said, “I don’t know,” but then changed her assessment to “probably,” and then went all in with, “I don’t think I’ll ever take it off.”
The Boston Marathon is making its triumphant return after last year’s tragic bombing that took three lives and injured 264. With the world watching and under intense security, more than 36,000 runners, the second largest field in the race’s 118-year history, will be setting their sights on the finish line on Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.
ABC reported that 4,000 police officers and perhaps one million spectators would be lining the marathon course.
This is Taylor’s first Boston Marathon, and with the bonus of a marriage proposal and beautiful engagement ring, it’s a holiday weekend she will never forget. “Easter is a time for new beginnings and that’s what it is for us,” Goodell told NECN.
Commenting on the romantic pre-marathon surprise, fellow runner and friend Kathy Agler, noted, “It just really adds to what it’s all about here in Boston this year — all the emotion of last year… [the proposal] is adding to the history and [it] is just really, really a cool feeling to be here.”
Marathon photo credit: Peter Farlow/Wikimedia Commons