Brides and grooms are taking their 'in sickness and in health' vows to another level—particularly the 'in health' part. The latest wedding-theme trend is focusing on a couple’s favorite way to stay fit. From 'Wedding Day 5Ks' to pre-nuptial boot camps, couples are kicking off their wedding festivities with exercise.

The New York Times recently profiled a handful of couples who wanted to add some form of exercise leading up to their wedding day festivities. One couple set up a 5K race in which guests of the wedding ran in. Another couple went to the extreme by doing a 14-mile bike ride, a 25-mile mountain hike and a six-hour climb up a granite peak in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming and then again in reverse (a 45 hour adventure).

Heather Suddaby and her husband, Aaron, 31, both military veterans, exchanged vows just before running a Tough Mudder (A 10-mile mud run with more than 20 obstacles). The couple had their two best friends join them, who served as the best man and the officiant.

“It is horrible. I’m not going to lie.” said Heather to the New York Times.

As newspaper points out, couples with a mutually shared athletic activity want it to be a part of their special day and also see it as a way for their wedding guests to bond before the reception. What are your thoughts on this wedding trend? Is getting a pre-wedding endorphin boost a memorable way to start the weekend? Or would you prefer not feeling pressured to trade in those poolside morning mimosas for a mud run?



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