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Anniversary and race tied together

Some married couples may have trouble remembering their anniversary dates, however, Kris Humphries and Doug Reed took care of any potential pitfalls by tying their wedding to a special occasion. They ran in the Nevada City Spring Run and then tied the knot on the steps of the Methodist Church on April 27, 1996.

And fittingly, they were back at the 20th annual Spring Run on Saturday to celebrate their 10th anniversary at the same location and with many of the same people.

“Most of the people from 10 years ago were at the race,” Kris said. “It was great to see everyone and to have cake with them 10 years after we got married there.”



It made no difference whatsoever that the April 29 date was different. It was still the Spring Run, starting and finishing at the Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street in Nevada City.

“I think we lock way more into the race day than we do the actual date because it is filled with so many memories,” Kris said, adding with a laugh. “I think the date was April 27, but I do remember it was race day.




Saturday certainly brought back many good memories.

“It was a lot of fun,” Doug said. “It was their 20th anniversary and our 10th. It seemed to be one of the better turnouts in a few years, and I liked going through the old photos.”

Adding a unique twist to that unique story in 1996, their families came to the wedding and participated in the race as well. Even the minister, Dave Bunje, was part of the race.

“After the 10K finished up, they announced to everyone, ‘For a special treat this year, we’re going to perform a wedding,’ and we got married right there on the church steps,” Kris said.

So, why the Spring Run, especially for a couple that was living in Davis at the time?

” We didn’t want to do a big wedding, we had been coming up to run this race for a few years and we really liked it,” Kris said. “It’s a nice, low-key event. They do such a good job of making it a participatory race where they encourage families to come out. That’s why Doug and I always came back.

“The minister at the time was more than willing to go along and the members of the church seemed keen on the idea.”

They were happy to be back Saturday, especially after missing last year’s event due to a scheduling conflict. Also, Kris was able to push their 2-year-old son, Sean Reed, along the course in a stroller.

“Last year is the only time we have missed the race in probably the last 15 years,” she said. “And what made this really special was being able to push our son in a stroller. It feels like we’ve come full circle now … to do the race and then come back and do the race with our son.”

Doug had a pretty good race Saturday, as he completed the challenging 10K course Saturday in a time of 42 minutes, 17 seconds.

“I run a little bit less every year, but I keep working at it,” said Doug, a standout runner at Blair High School in Pasadena in the late 1970s.

He ran close to 4:20 for 1,600 meters in high school, but never ran competitively in college. He’s not looking back now.

“It’s fun. It’s a yearly challenge to keep fit,” he said. “The way I look at it, longevity is the most important thing. Keeping it up for a long time is more important than what you do in high school or college.”

Then in 2001, they even decided to move to Nevada City. Today, Doug is general manager for the Bear River Park and Recreation District and Kris works as a human relations consultant in Sacramento.

Now, the Spring Run is a hometown race, which makes it all the more meaningful.

“We were always running away to Nevada City, whether it was to do rafting, running or the arts scene, we always enjoyed coming up to Nevada City and we found ourselves continually coming back up here. It just made sense because it was a sentimental place to us. It’s turned out to be a fabulous decision to come live where we play. And now that we have a son, we couldn’t ask for a more wonderful place to raise children.”

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To contact sports editor Dave Price, e-mail davidp@theunion.com or call 477-4240.


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