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A bond meant to go the distance

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Allen Yen & Cheryl Tivy Allen Yen & Cheryl Tivy

Something old, something new, something borrowed and a canoe?

"We're not very conventional people in terms of doing things the way we're supposed to," said Alen Yen on the morning of his wedding day. His bride to be, Cheryl Tivy, never expected to be in a triathlon the morning of her wedding day.

"At least we get a workout in today," she said.

One month before their wedding, the couple learned the Mad Triathlon at Sugarbush resort was scheduled to end at the exact same time they were set to be saying 'I do.'

"When Alen and Cheryl heard about it they were like, ‘can we race?' So they jumped all over it and the people at Sugarbush were wonderful and Alen and Cheryl were good about it. So everyone made the best of a good situation," said Groomsman, Glenn Morgan.

They even got some of the wedding party to go the distance with them. "The groom asks you, 'would you do something for me,' usually it's will you carry the rings or make a toast -- and today it was run a 5K," Morgan said.  

To compensate for double booking the triathlon and the wedding, Sugarbush owners moved the race to the morning and offered to let the bride and groom join in. "We kind of joked about doing it, you know, 'ha ha wouldn't that be funny?' Then it turned into something very real," Tivy said.

They told Channel 3 this was the easy part. "I think we've accepted that nothings perfect and we're just going to go with it," Tivy said.

They know the road of life can be a bumpy one. They're counting on this marriage being less of a sprint and more like a marathon.

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