Ron Carino wasn’t planning on making every other partner on the planet look wildly inadequate when he popped the question to his wife, Susan. It just sort of happened. No, not that question. He’d asked that one more than 20 years ago.
This particular question was at the 2015 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon. On bended knee, Ron asked: “Will you run the next 100 half marathons with me?”
With more than 100 half marathons completed as a couple, the pair will join an elite group at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon Oct. 7–8 when they become the eighth and ninth people to participate in 100 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events. Ron will be the seventh male to reach the century mark. Susan is the second woman.
The two met while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ron had declared to his family that he was going to graduate school to find a wife. And in fairytale fashion, he spotted her across a fi eld and knew.
“What can I say, I was confident,” Ron says.
Though they married in 1995, they didn’t discover their combined love for running until a decade later. Their first Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon was in 2006 when they connected with a Team in Training group in San Diego.
Since then they’ve completed Chicago and San Diego eight times, managed to run the San Antonio and Las Vegas races on the same day, and renewed their vows three times at Las Vegas. They currently do 16 Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathons a year and usually one marathon.
No matter what happens in the middle of the race, they always finish together.
“There’s Ron waiting for me at mile 13,” says Susan. “We always start together and he’s ahead of me. He’ll turn around at mile 13 and stop and wait, so we can finish at the same time. Sometimes he’ll climb up on the separator in the roads and he’ll wait for me. He does it consistently and it gets my heart every time.”