A year ago, Izzy Gould was nervous as he was rounding the corner toward the finish line at the AJC Peachtree Road Race.
He proposed to his now-wife, Angie Gould. This year, as he approached the corner, he was calm. Then he carried his wife over the finish line. The Goulds enjoyed their first Peachtree Road Race as a married couple. As runners, the two can use the event as a special memory for the start of their life together.
“This stretch of the road is always going to mean something special to us, this race is always going to mean something special to us,” Izzy Gould said. “The fact that it’s the 50th running, is really super cool. We love Atlanta, we love Midtown, we love Piedmont Park, we’ve always just kind of gravitated toward this area.”
The Goulds live in Birmingham, Ala., and are members of the Birmingham Track Club. After experiencing the event last year, they wanted to join the Atlanta Track Club members’ party area in the race expo after the event. They couldn’t because they weren’t members.
This year, they are, giving them automatic entry into the road race and a chance to reflect after sweating out 10 kilometers in the Georgia heat.
The couple got married four weeks ago. The preparation for the wedding as well as the time it took to take care of the five kids they have between the two of them left little time for Angie to train for Thursday’s race.
“Something has to take a back seat, (so) running took a back seat,” Angie Gould said.
But Izzy was determined to run with his wife and wanted to make sure she finished. The two dedicated each mile to their children in their conversations. The last one, however was saved for the special moment they shared one year before.
“We wanted to finish life together. Just like we wanted to finish races together and things like that and that’s what we’re doing,” Izzy Gould said. “We’re living our life, we’re traveling places and running events.”