Mans thoughtful proposal criticised by outraged women who claim it was “unfair”

A woman running in New York’s marathon received an unexpected gesture while she was mid-jog.

Kaitlyn Curran was at mile 16 in the race when she was pulled to the side by her long-term boyfriend Dennis Galvin who hopped over the barrier and went down on one knee.

Dennis was “very nervous” before the proposal as family and friends waited about an hour for her to pass by, cousin Kathleen Figueroa told CBS .

“She cried a little bit, said yes, hugged him and then said ‘OK, I have to go finish my race,'” she recalled.

The clip has been shared widely on social media – and some people think Dennis’ method of proposal was unfair on his bride-to-be.

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One wrote on Twitter: “He couldn’t propose to her at the finish line?”

Another said: “He messed up her time so badly.”

A third wrote: “AND he didn’t even take her sweatshirt that she clearly didn’t want or need! I’d have given the ring back at the finish line.”

Lots of people made a joke along these lines: “Women can never just finish first, can we?”

One woman said: “As someone who was proposed to at the NYC Marathon AFTER I finished, I would 100% say no if it was during.”

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Some thought Dennis’ move was unfair and slammed him for taking the limelight away from just her.

One wrote: “Mile 16? Way to steal her thunder. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best), I give this proposal a 1 for its thoughtless, selfishness, and poor timing. Booo, dude!”

According to CBS, there’s apparently a reason he chose to propose at that exact location – but it’s not clear why it may be significant for the couple.

His cousin explained he wanted to pop the question at the first Manhattan stop of the race and mile 16 was located near the Queensboro Bridge which connects Queens and midtown Manhattan.

The couple met at the finish line and went on to celebrate the engagement with family and friends.

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