Man surprises three-time half marathon champion at finish line

by: Hector Mejia Updated:

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TULSA, Okla. —

Quick facts:

  • A man proposed to Natasha Cockram at the end of the Route 66 Half Marathon.
  • Cockram is the three-time women's half marathon champion.
  • The couple expects to return to the race next year as man and wife.

According to the old saying, "the third time's the charm."

That could not ring any truer for Natasha Cockram of Tulsa.

Cockram won her third consecutive Williams Route 66 Half Marathon Sunday morning, but after she crossed the finish line, something happened that would set this victory apart from others.

Cockram's boyfriend, Carl Salazar, got on his knees and surprised her with the big question at the finish line.

WATCH: FOX23 was there when Salazar proposed to Cockram

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Nerves were high for Salazar, and not just because of the engagement. 

"[Cockram's] had some knee problems recently, and I thought there might be a chance she might drop out," Salazar said.

The two University of Tulsa students plan to return to the race as husband and wife next year.