My husband Jake and I are avid runners. We separately fell in love with the Trail and lake when we attended college at the University of Texas. We met in Houston after graduation and connected over our love for running, among other things. Over the years, we have visited Austin often and always run the trail when there.
On May 26, 2012, Jake proposed to me on the trail about a mile into our run. I was slightly irritated to have to pause our run for what appeared to be him tying his shoe. Then he pulled out a beautiful ring and asked me to marry him, which further solidified the importance of the Trail to us. That trail continues to hold a special place in our hearts, and we run it every time we are in Austin. We have ordered bricks to run and see during such visits, to celebrate the birth of our children, Jude (August 2019), and Reese (December 2021).