Prairie Fire Marathon Proposal

Cool temperatures and light winds made for a good run at Sunday's Prairie Fire Marathon.

But for one couple, it was the way the race began that improved their racing times.

Thirty-five hundred runners filled Wichita's downtown streets for the fourth annual marathon, some traveling as far away as Alaska.

A Boston marathon qualifier, the course takes runners through the heart of Wichita.

As the crowd warmed up, Zach Peterson was working up some nerve.

Before the bull horn blew he coordinated with the race director to propose to his girlfriend, Amanda Delimont.

Zach says he thought it was the best time because when they first started dating they did the race together.

Before setting off on foot, the couple was called up front and instead Zach got down on one knee.

Amanda said yes!  "I thought I won some money or something but this is cooler," said Amanda after the proposal.

It’s a racing tradition for many, now a new memory for this couple and perhaps some extra pep for all the runners.

The next prairie fire half marathon, 5-k and fun run take place in May.