A Local Hoboken Bride’s 5K Bachelorette Run Around Hoboken {That Turned Into An Instagram-Worthy Spectacle}

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Most brides choose Vegas or Miami or NYC for the bachelorette shenanigans, but not Meredith Ryan, a Hoboken resident for the last 8 years. This Ironman 2015 Finisher decided a unique way to celebrate her last hurrah {and run} as a single lady was none other than a 5K around Hoboken {clad in wedding dress}! So on a weekend morning, she and her Gold Coast Triathlon club friends created what turned out to be a total Instagram-worthy spectacle in Hoboken: running a 5K that spelled out “I Do.” We discovered this amazing display of fun on Instagram, and had to share this special Hoboken girl’s story!

Meredith:

 My fiancé and I have lived in Hoboken the last 8 years and in 2013, we both joined GC Tri with aspirations to finish our first Ironman. We knew training would be tough, but training was much easier with the support from our amazing teammates and many of them became close friends. After we got engaged in March 2015, I knew that I wanted to celebrate in a special way with my GC Tri ladies. One Saturday, we were brainstorming ideas at a charity happy hour when Lyndsey said, “I’ve got a spare vintage wedding dress. You’re going to run in it.”

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^Meredith and her pup {who unfortunately didn’t make the cut for the 5K}

Side note: Who owns a spare vintage wedding dress?!

The idea to wear dresses on the run came from the Scotland NYRR race two years ago when one of Meredith’s friends had to wear a frumpy bridesmaid dress during a race. While on a search for the dress, she found the vintage wedding dress at a second-hand shop, and the rest is history.

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To make the event even better, one of Meredith’s other accomplices, Kelly, got the BRILLZ idea to help make the run even more special. She created STRAVA art for the course {STRAVA is a social network that tracks athlete’s routes using GPS}. Kelly designed the 5K distance in the shape of a well-known wedding saying — and the ladies ran up and down the streets of Hoboken to form the words: I DO. How’s that for clever?! Loves it.

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The dress was actually a little long on Meredith when not wearing heels {because duh, you need to wear sneaks for a 5K, even if in a wedding dress}, so she needed the help of her ‘maids to hold up the gown throughout their trek. Decked out in shorts, sneakers, and “Team Bride” headbands, the ladies paraded {errr, ran!} around town to celebrate the bride-to-be.

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 As far as the 5K stops, the ladies started in midtown Hoboken, paid homage to Uptown Pizza, and the crew was fueled by champs and wine — necessities for rehydration, of course. 

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Pier 13, a natural end to the 5K, was the locale where the ladies finished their run. “I loved seeing people’s reactions on the street. Love us or hate us, triathletes are the best type of crazy,” Meredith’s friend and runningmate Nicole shared. Another bachelorette attendee shared, “Our friendship has grown over everything triathlon related, to fears and dreams, and now to celebrating this amazing time in Meredith’s life.”

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And because of their creative thinking and love for running, a new tradition was born. “We can’t wait to celebrate the next bride,” the future Mrs. Horton excitedly shared. So fun! To see more of the fun photos from the day, search the hashtag #RunningMeredithtoIDo. We’re assuming that Meredith won’t be wearing sneaks on the big day, but you never know.

 

Did you see these amazing ladies running their hearts out around town last weekend? What a fun sight to see!


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.