Couple Exchange Wedding Vows Before Running Falmouth Road Race Hand-In-Hand
By: Rich Maclone
Paul DiLorenzo was like just about every other bridegroom in history, except that he was wearing running shorts and a T-shirt to his ceremony.
Like most grooms, Mr. DiLorenzo was a wee bit nervous before tying the knot on Sunday morning, but he would not have changed the setting or the event for anything in the world. “I’m pretty excited right now,” he said a few minutes before his fiancée, Marcie Butler, met him in a waterfront courtyard behind one of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution buildings in Woods Hole to say their “I do’s” in front of about 20 family members and friends.
The newly married couple then posed for a few photographs and headed out to run the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, leaving the starting line of their new life together hand-in-hand, along with their bridal party.
The couple began a friendship that stemmed from their inclusion in the Merrimack Valley Striders, a running club in North Andover.
They found themselves attending a lot of the same races and social events. Things remained platonic for several years, until 2011 when a romance blossomed. In April 2012, Mr. DiLorenzo popped the big question at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. A year-and-a-half later, they tied the knot, after tying their running shoes, at a race that is very special to the former Ms. Butler.
“I lived in Falmouth until I was 4, and then we moved, but my parents kept the house here in Falmouth and I’ve always loved it here,” said the bride, who ran the race with a veil and garter to adorn her white running top and shorts.
The new Mrs. DiLorenzo said that she loves the Falmouth Road Race and that it was the perfect setting for a wedding. “I’ve run 10 or 11 of these races, and I’ve loved them all. This one, though, is really special,” she said.
The wedding was officiated by their good friend, and the founder of the Merrimack Striders, Tom Licciardello. He oversaw a very brief ceremony that had a few tears, and laughs. The wedding was the first-ever, on the record, associated with the Falmouth Road Race. A more proper ceremony and reception was held later in the day at the Coonamessett Inn.
Once the rings were put on the proper fingers, the couple jogged over to the starting line. A few formal photographs were taken there and then the DiLorenzos began their race toward happily ever after.