How romantic is this?

It was only two weeks ago, but it will seem like like forever for Hooman Pedram and Genevieve Ryan.

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At the finish line of the 8 Tuff Miles race, he proposed marriage to her.  And the 31-year-old St. Thomas woman said, "Yes."

The Inquiring Iguana thinks this isn't quite fair to Ryan, who completed the race in a respectable 1 hour 37 minutes 15 seconds.  That was good enough for 431st place, about midway in the pack of all entrants. 

As for Pedram … well … looks like the only heavy lifting he did that day was offering the ring.  A check of the male finalists' list finds him missing. 

By the way … anybody else get a marriage proposal on St. John?
Talk about it here
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Meanwhile, the grand old man of 8 Tuff Miles … the founder, originator, keeper of the flame, hardest working man in the event … Peter Alter.  

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He finished sixth in his age group (50-54) crossing the finish line with a time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 12 seconds.  Also in the group – Luigi Costello, former owner of Verace Jewelers. He was third in his class with a time of 1 hour 11 minutes 28 seconds.

These photos were taken by our friend Bob Schlesinger of Tropical Focus Photography.  He has posted hundreds more shots from the race day – yes hundreds! – on Flickr.  See them here.

5 thoughts on “How romantic is this?”

  1. 7-7-07 Sunset over Cruz Bay after a day of swimming at Cinnamon Bay Beach (my now husband had forgotten his swimsuit at our hotel on St Thomas he was SO nervous – at least he remembered the ring! – we still refer to the boxers he had on that day as his “swim trunks” haha) Came back 9-9-09 to get married on Cinnamon Bay!

  2. 7-7-07 Sunset over Cruz Bay after a day of swimming at Cinnamon Bay Beach (my now husband had forgotten his swimsuit at our hotel on St Thomas he was SO nervous – at least he remembered the ring! – we still refer to the boxers he had on that day as his “swim trunks” haha) Came back 9-9-09 to get married on Cinnamon Bay!

  3. 7-7-07 Sunset over Cruz Bay after a day of swimming at Cinnamon Bay Beach (my now husband had forgotten his swimsuit at our hotel on St Thomas he was SO nervous – at least he remembered the ring! – we still refer to the boxers he had on that day as his “swim trunks” haha) Came back 9-9-09 to get married on Cinnamon Bay!

  4. Nice! What a great story (both of them). That 8 Tuff engagement was one minute after my husband finished and about 9 minutes before I did. Love that race, and love that story!

  5. We got engaged in Sept 2010 while staying in St John, then picked out an ‘island ring’ in St Thomas before heading home. Now in the planning stages of having a fabulous STJ wedding in August 2011…can’t wait! What better way to drag all our family and friends to our all time favorite spot?!

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