A man proposed to his girlfriend as she ran the New York City marathon - a gesture that people on social media are calling selfish.
Kaitlyn Curran was running her first-ever marathon on Sunday when she spotted her boyfriend Dennis Galvin near the 16-mile mark.
When Curran ran over to say hello, Galvin decided to halt his girlfriend’s race - by getting down on one knee to propose.
In the video shared by CBS, which has since gone viral, Curran accepts, hugs her new fiance, places the engagement ring on her finger, and then proceeds to rejoin her fellow marathoners and continue running.
While the proposal likely made an unforgettable day even more memorable, many have criticised Galvin for taking the spotlight away from his girlfriend’s accomplishment.
“Mile 16? Way to steal her thunder,” one person tweeted.
Another said: “His male ego was too small to let her get all of the attention for even a few hours.”
SHE SAID YES: A woman who was running in Sunday’s New York City Marathon was at mile 16 when her longtime boyfriend hopped over the barrier and dropped to one knee. She ended the day with a medal around her neck and a ring on her finger. https://t.co/8xbZ6P24RM pic.twitter.com/YizdEJYOhc— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 5, 2018
"My girlfriend is running the Marathon.....how can I make this about me?" https://t.co/5RBwDgtmJv— bed stuy guy (@DTenenbaum) November 6, 2018
That marathon proposal story is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with men. pic.twitter.com/u4QrBbbgQH— Space Force Hero (@just_Mooya) November 6, 2018
Others questioned why Galvin couldn’t wait till his girlfriend had crossed the finish line - choosing instead to pause her mid-race and impact her final time.
I love a good proposal, but am I the only one that thought he selfishly added hella minutes to her marathon record? Like why not do this at the finish line? 🙄 https://t.co/z9tvWVW5PS— Justin. (@JustNTime4Nuthn) November 6, 2018
You do not stop someone 16 miles in to a Marathon, proposal or not 🙄 https://t.co/ketv04O0I2— Geoff Shaw (@gshawisme) November 6, 2018
“He messed up her time so badly,” someone commented while another said: “If you’ve ever trained for a marathon, the amount of time that goes into is a lot. To be interrupted for a damn proposal is insane.”
“Hopefully she gave it a second thought over the next 10 miles,” someone else joked.
Despite the backlash over the timing of the proposal, some people have pointed out that Curran did say yes to her boyfriend of four years - and seemed pretty excited as she resumed the race.