Oklahoma Couple Begins New Chapter With Proposal At The Finish Line

Monday, May 10th 2021, 5:30 pm
By: Sawyer Buccy

BRISTOW, Oklahoma -

Something good happened at the finish line of the Wildflower Run in Bristow last weekend and now wedding bells are ringing for one Oklahoma couple.

"I was so nervous, I don't even remember her saying yes," said Bobby Lyons. 

Finishing a 5K is reason enough to celebrate.

"I was like, 'Is this really happening right now?'" said Haylee James. 

Finishing this 5K meant the start of a whole new chapter for Lyons and James. The two grew up in Bristow and started dating about three years ago.

"He always keeps me on my toes, he is always joking and laughing, that is just who he is and that is one of the things I love most about him. He makes life fun," said James. 

James said she was hoping, but not expecting a ring. Lyons said it was coming but finding the right time to ask, without tipping her off, was the challenge.

"She has been training for this 5K even though she really hates it," said Lyons. 

Lyons has been running for years and James will do it - for Bobby. Last weekend they decided to run the 5K Wildflower Run together.

"I had originally planned on not running it because I wanted to make sure everything was right but then, like if I go and I don't run- because I always run the races - then she will probably suspect something," said Lyons. 

Their families were already going to be at the Bristow Tabouleh Fest and Lyons let them in on his plan, the moment his girl crossed the finish line.

"My best friend ran with me, and we were just talking about it the whole time and I was super nervous. I got done and was trying to make sure everything was just right," said Lyons. 

After James crossed the finish line, Lyons gave her a few minutes to catch her breath and then it was time.

"I got down on one knee and said, 'Will you be my forever running buddy?'" said Lyons.

The couple is aiming to tie the knot next year. 

"Our friends and our family were there, so it was not only perfect to be able to celebrate with him, but also to celebrate this chapter with all of our really important people that we love," said James.