Abe Warfel and Michele Plantamura regularly run and train together as a couple. But at last week’s Baltimore Running Festival, Abe was focused on more than reaching the finish line of the race.
In the final stretch of the half marathon, Abe, 28, looked like he was stopping to tie his shoe, Michele said. It wasn’t until Michele, 27, saw her family standing on the sideline and her brother holding a camera that she realized what was about to happen. Abe proposed to Michele in front of Camden Yards at the 13-mile mark so the two could finish the race together as a newly engaged couple.
The excitement of the proposal and the crowds of spectators congratulating the couple helped them finish the race, Michele said.
The running festival is a tradition for the couple. Abe, a Prince George’s County native, has participated since 2007. Michele first entered in 2009 after moving to Baltimore from New Jersey.
Abe and Michele met in October 2009 at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point when a mutual friend introduced them. They now live in Canton.
No plans have been made yet, but Michele said the wedding will most likely take place in Baltimore. Until then, they are “enjoying every moment,” she said.