For one couple, getting married meant going the extra mile — or 10K — to tie the knot.

Michale Hoaglund and Aaron Wipf decided to skip a wedding ceremony and instead got 40 friends and family members to run in Bozeman’s 11th annual Run to the Pub race Saturday.

Hoaglund and Wipf have been together since they were 18 years old, and they have done Run to the Pub ever since they turned 21, now in their fourth or fifth year, she said.

With Hoagland donning a tutu, run to the pub T-shirt, white leggings, a white jacket and a veil, she said the race seemed like the perfect place for the couple to get married.

“We didn’t love a lot of the aspects of the wedding — the everyone staring at you kind of thing,” she said. “We wanted something that wouldn’t just be about us, but could be about everyone.”

After the run, Hoagland said she and Wipf would sign their marriage license at the finish line and partake in all the Run to the Pub festivities before heading over to the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture.

Though Wipf and Hoagland were the only known couple getting married at Run to the Pub, they weren’t the only ones having a good time.

Johnna Lighthouse and Joan Reilly were excited to run the race, they said, making it a girls weekend.

“It’s also a good way to get in shape for summer,” Reilly said.

Last month’s record-breaking snowy, cold weather may have deterred some from training and partaking in the race, race director Tyler Wilkinson said. Though participation didn’t quite reach last year’s record-breaking number of about 4,000 runners, there were still quite a few, at 3,800, from three countries and all over the U.S. Part of the proceeds from the race will go to the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

It took a village to put the race together, Wilkinson said, with over 150 volunteers and cooperation with the city and local businesses. Wilkinson himself went to bed at 11:30 p.m. Friday and woke up at 1 a.m. Saturday to start setting up the course and getting ready for the event.

“It’s a long 72 hours,” he said.

But then it’s all worth it.

“Just seeing everyone out here, it’s just incredible,” he said.

Race results can be seen at

Abby Lynes can be reached at or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

Abby Lynes covers business and the economy for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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