Human Interest Woman Finishes Half Marathon and Finds Boyfriend Waiting to Propose at Finish Line: 'That Was Crazy' Kendra Molyet said yes to boyfriend Matt Smartnick, who popped the question after she crossed the finish line of the Akron Half Marathon this weekend By Vanessa Etienne Vanessa Etienne Twitter Vanessa Etienne is an Emerging Content Writer-Reporter for PEOPLE. Prior to joining in April 2021, she served as a reporter for Men's Health Magazine and BET Digital after freelancing for publications such as The New York Times and Everyday Health. Originally from northern Virginia, Vanessa is a proud Haitian American with a love for R&B music and mental health topics. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's in Communication and Public Relations before earning her master's degree in Journalism from the City University of New York. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 27, 2021 03:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A race to remember! After running 13.1 miles on Saturday morning in the Akron Half Marathon, Kendra Molyet was shocked to find her boyfriend, Matt Smartnick, down on one knee, ready to propose to her. As the runner crossed the finish line, Smartnick popped the question with the help of his friends who held up signs reading, "Kendra Molyet Will You Marry Me?," News 5 Cleveland reported. "Coming up there was a huge hill and it was super-tiring, then I saw my name in letters. It was like, 'marry me.' That was crazy," Molyet told the outlet. Visually Impaired Runner Surprised with Proposal at Tokyo Paralympics Smartnick told the outlet that he only slept for about an hour the night before because he was so anxious. But after clocking in her race time on her Apple watch, Molyet happily accepted and gave Smartnick a kiss as she put the ring on. The couple of nearly four years met while they were both students at the University of Akron — and dated off-and-on before meeting again by chance in New York City, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.Smartnick told the newspaper that he always knew how he would ask Molyet to marry him, but was "waiting for the right time." news 5 Cleveland/ youtube Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Molyet's mother, Jane, told the outlet that she teased her future son-in-law about doing the proposal at the half marathon, noting that he had to get special permission for it. "I told him, 'She's probably going to be a sweaty mess,'" she joked. Smartnick told the outlet that he came up with the plan after ditching his original idea to pop the question at dinner. "I wanted to do something memorable," he said. "I know she will have that adrenaline going through her and that sense of accomplishment when she finishes."