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A Jersey City firefighter proposed to his girlfriend as she was 10 miles away from finishing her New York City Marathon run this weekend, and the internet can’t stop chastising this man’s unforgivable gaffe.
According to New York 4, St. Barnabas Hospital nurse Kaitlyn Curran was in mile 16 of her run when her boyfriend Dennis Galvin popped over the spectator railing, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. Around her, other spectators and runners cheered the couple on, some stopping to take pictures of them before running along, others just rubbernecked over Galvin’s proposal.
However, the internet didn’t see the proposal as sweetly as the people cooing at Galvin’s smooth move.
On a day when there’s so much discord, I’m glad we all agree that marathon proposal guy fucking sucks— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 6, 2018
this man is THE WORST https://t.co/mxJqmoYaKl— hussein kesvani (@HKesvani) November 6, 2018
no one likes marathon proposal guy on this website and that is how i know i’m in the right place— Scaachi (@Scaachi) November 6, 2018
He couldn't propose to her at the finish line?— BLOOP! (@susiemcdonnell) November 5, 2018
Across Twitter, Many accused the man of being selfish, having stopped his girlfriend in the middle of her life-accomplishing run just to make the moment about himself.
THERE'S A FUCKING FINISH LINE.— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) November 6, 2018
Men of the world - do not do this. This isn't heartwarming. This wasn't about this dude but he HAD to make it about him. This is just a man who needed to be the center of attention. Let her run. Let her finish. https://t.co/OQ5Nuspsei
I would have murdered him or told him to ask me again after my big race and stop interrupting omg https://t.co/x1s0DdiKfN— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) November 6, 2018
Others questions the ramifications that his popped question would have on the woman’s run itself—could she make it the next 10 miles? How poorly would her run time be affected by his stunt, both in having to stop for the proposal and in now being distracted from her initial task at hand?
Re this NYC marathon proposal that's going around, there ARE times when I think a marathon proposal would be fine. 1. if they're really suffering and need an emotional lift. 2. At the end. That one mostly looked like an unsatisfactory, rushed proposal that hurt her time.— Helen O’Hara (@HelenLOHara) November 6, 2018
How did the stop affect her muscles, probably already worn from the first 16 miles??
imagine another ten miles to go, your muscles all messed up and tight, all because some dude wants a more equitable legal arrangement. the worst— hussein kesvani (@HKesvani) November 6, 2018
Women can never just finish first, can we? 🙄— Kelly (@Kelly_QPR) November 6, 2018
Mile 16? Way to steal her thunder. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best), I give this proposal a 1 for its thoughtless, selfishness, and poor timing. Booo, dude!— Krista Nugent (@KristaChirps) November 6, 2018
If you've ever trained for a marathon, the amount of time that goes into, is a lot. To be interrupted for a damn proposal is insane. https://t.co/bW6ocBqwuQ— Joel Macke (@NotJoelMacke) November 6, 2018
He couldn’t even take her sweatshirt, wrapped around her waist, for the last leg of the run? And we’re supposed to believe that he loves her? Hmm.
AND he didn't even take her sweatshirt that she clearly didn't want or need!— Sarah Spelt (@SarahMSpelt) November 6, 2018
I'd have given the ring back at the finish line.
Another video from a different angle of the proposal showed the woman asking aloud how she was now, still 10 miles away from her finish line and having been proposed to, expected to finish the race. According to CBS News, Galvin chose mile 16, near the Queensboro Bridge, to propose because it was the first Manhattan stop of the race (which still doesn’t explain the significance since they live and met in Jersey City).
SHE SAID YES: A woman who was running in Sunday’s New York City Marathon was at mile 16 when her longtime boyfriend hopped over the barrier and dropped to one knee. She ended the day with a medal around her neck and a ring on her finger. https://t.co/8xbZ6P24RM pic.twitter.com/YizdEJYOhc— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 5, 2018
Curran trained a year for this marathon, and managed to finish in four hours and 24 minutes. Alas, despite the criticism, it’s also Curran marrying this well-intentioned (albeit misguided) man, not the internet.
Future marathon proposers, however, beware.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.