When Training Leads To Courting

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 23, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM UTC
Anne Ferguson and Ron Linklater met in a running club. Photo: National Post

It may be true that couples who run together, stay together.

Anne Ferguson and Ron Linklater met in a running club. Photo: National Post

In 2008, still limping from a half marathon, Jessica Horning wasn’t out looking for love.

But as she was picking up her groceries at a local Safeway, she bumped into Emilio Bottiglieri who had also run the same race as Horning.

“He was going to get a baguette and cheese,” Horning recalls of Bottiglieri. Though Horning thought he was cute, Bottiglieri didn’t ask her for her number and thought nothing of their exchange. However, unbeknownst to Horning Bottiglieri had copied down her bib # and when he returned to his home, he tracked her through a race Web site, eventually finding her on Facebook.

Three years later, the couple got engaged.

“We have something in common that makes us feel good,” Horning says. “We start our races together — and only once did we cross the finish line holding hands.”

The couple have run the Vancouver Marathon every year since.

Many runners take up the sport to meet fellow enthusiasts. The world-class ranks have some examples of this–like Shumi Gerbaba and Koen Yal of Ethiopia.

From: National Post

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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