Randolph couple weds at end of Thomas College race

WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) - Runners from all across the state got dirty Sunday.

It's Thomas College's annual Dirty Dog Mud Run.

But, this one was unlike the others, as a groom and his bride were in a hurry not to get down the aisle but to get to the finish line.

"We did it last year and had a great time and this year we decided we were going to get married here," explained Bill Jackson of Randolph.

Bill Jackson and his bride, Jennifer raced in the 14-obstacle course through the woods and campus.

Obstacles included monkey bars, mud crawl, and wall climbs.

"It was really difficult," said bride, Jennifer Denis. "There was a lot of kid which was awesome and we had a good time, at least I think we had good time actually."

The couple from Randolph, Maine has been together for a decade.

And after their plans fell through to get married in Ireland, they decided this mud race was the next best thing.

"This is actually the first race we've ever done together and it was his first race all together last year so it was a great race to do together before we got married," said Denis.

"I think it's awesome. Other people should do the same thing and get married here."

Joined by ten of their closest friends and family, the two pledged their love of each other.

And as for running the race next year? The couple says it's a given since they both have a competitive nature.

"I made sure that I beat him by at least one second," said Denis.

“She’s done a lot to push me to get healthier and all that so it’s been awesome and it’s been great. It brings us closer together," said Jackson.