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Marathon wedding of Joel Rogalsky, Amy Wills goes off without a hitch

BY SCOTT WRIGHT Staff Writer swright@opubco.com Published: May 1, 2011

None of the common unfavorable wedding phrases were applicable for this one.

The groom got cold feet? Everyone's feet were cold at this wedding on a rainy, windy, 45-degree Sunday morning.

Runaway bride? She took off running after the ceremony, along with her bridesmaids, her new husband and his best man.

The wedding of Joel Rogalsky and Amy Wills went off without any problems from the front porch of a friend's home at NW 35th and Walker, about six miles into the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

The bride and groom, along with three members of the wedding party, ran the six miles, got married, then headed back out to finish the half-marathon.

Originally, they planned to run the full 26.2 miles, but the cold, rainy weather led to a change of plans.

“Maybe it's time to start the honeymoon early,” Amy joked.

“We've already accomplished our goal,” Joel added.

Other than the bad weather — bad for a marathon or a wedding — everything else went just as the couple had hoped.

The bride threw her bouquet just before the end of the race, and Joel, wearing a powder-blue tuxedo T-shirt, carried her across the finish line.

The maid of honor, Amy's 19-year-old daughter Ashton Wills, ran her first half-marathon as part of the celebration. She trained simply for the chance to run alongside her mom on the big day.

“My family has always been involved in running and I used to play soccer, but I never ran more than a couple miles at a time,” Ashton said. “When my mom told me they were getting married during the marathon, I thought, well, I have to run with them.

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