Race you to the altar! Couple tie the knot while running the Portland Marathon, at the 20 mile mark where they met five years ago

Race you to the altar! Couple tie the knot while running the Portland Marathon, at the 20-mile mark where they met five years ago

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23:01 GMT, 8 October 2012

A couple who met while running a marathon, have tied the knot at the 20-mile mark where they first locked eyes fives years ago.

Katie Holmes, 35, and Eric Johansson, 37, married while running the Portland Marathon this weekend.

But it was a speedy ceremony, as shortly after exchanging their wedding vows the newlyweds returned to the race and scored a finish time of 5:30:47.

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The race of a lifetime: Katie Holmes and Eric Johansson decided to exchange their wedding vows while competing in the Portland Marathon this weekend

The race of a lifetime: Katie Holmes and Eric Johansson decided to exchange their wedding vows while competing in the Portland Marathon this weekend

Holmes opted for a white vest and shorts, with a short veil attached to her baseball cap while Johansson donned a black and white Dri-Fit tuxedo shirt.

Talking about her big day, which was attended by friends, family and their pet dog, Holmes told KPTV: 'It's wonderful, the best day.

'Very memorable. The most memorable marathon ever, I think.'

The two running enthusiasts from Portland, Oregon knew each other when they were younger, but over the years had lost contact.

Break from tradition: The couple were joined by friends and family as they veered off the running course at the mile 20 mark and into Columbia Park

Break from tradition: The couple were joined by friends and family as they veered off the running course at the mile 20 mark and into Columbia Park

Katie Holmes and Eric Johansson

Katie Holmes and Eric Johansson

The father of the bride said: 'They love to run. They love to be outside they like to be adventurous'

However while participating in the Portland Marathon five years ago Holmes spotted her former friend and approached him.

A friend of the couple, Matt Brehm, explained: 'Eric was sitting down watching everyone run by. Katie stopped mid-track; she was running the marathon and said, “Eric”

After completing the 26.2 mile course they kept in touch and soon started dating.

After having a son together, they decided to get married and the 20-mile point of the Portland Marathon course seemed like the perfect location.

They ran the first 20 miles of
the race together, before veering off the course into Columbia Park where guests, including their toddler, were waiting.

Happy day: Friends, family and even the pet dog attended the unconventional wedding ceremony

Happy day: Friends, family and even the pet dog attended the unconventional wedding ceremony

Plan of action: The couple ran the first 20 miles of the race together, before veering off the course into Columbia Park where wedding guests were waiting

Plan of action: The couple ran the first 20 miles of the race together, before veering off the course into Columbia Park where wedding guests were waiting

Holmes' father described it as the ideal arrangement.

'They love to run, they love to be outside, they like to be adventurous,' he said.

The pair celebrated for a short time after the ceremony before returning to the course to finish the final 6.2 miles.

'I think it'll be a little easier now. I've got a little adrenaline going through my body right now,' Holmes said.

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