So how nervous must Michael Cain, 30, have been as he tackled the Anaconda Adventure Race knowing that he had to keep the ring safe and sound (and his mouth shut) until the final 2.5km beach run, where he planned to propose to his girlfriend, Shannon Trend, 26, also racing?
The couple was competing for the second time in the Augusta, Western Australia event, as mixed team ‘ Sporty and Aqua Ted’. Michael had planned the surprise knee-bend for six months: longer than he trained for the event itself.
“It will remain one of the most memorable days of my life,” said Michael after finishing the world’s largest adventure race with a smile (she, of course, said yes).
“The day turned out even better than planned: not only did she say yes when I proposed on the beach, we also improved our finishing time over last year by 18 minutes!”
Even so, Michael got the engagement off to a good start by duly crediting the couple’s improvement to Shannon’s super quick 13.5km trail run leg.
Observers may note that the newly-engaged couple would have recorded an even faster finish time had Michael popped the question while still running, rather than stopping and propping on the final beach run.
“It was a wonderful moment for us, made all the more special to do during an event that is so much fun for social competitors like us. We can only look forward and onto next year’s event.”
The question everyone is now asking: will there be a wedding ceremony under the Anaconda arch in 2012?
The Anaconda Adventure Race in Augusta, WA, was Round Three of the National Series of adventure races. The final round will be held in Lorne, Victoria on 4 December 2011.