"After we dated, I was able to pass on my love for triathlon," said Emge. "She (Blackwell) resisted for a while.""I said I didn't want anything to do with a triathlon," said Blackwell with a laugh. "I even said I would never do an Ironman and now here I am."
Emge and Blackwell are ready to take the starting line together. The iron couple will be married Saturday, then head to Europe to compete in the Ironman France Triathlon.
"We've had signs made that say Ironman and wife," said Blackwell.
"I wouldn't be doing this stuff if he hadn't inspired me to do so," said Blackwell.
"We'll continue not just triathlons, but I'm sure we'll keep doing marathons," said Emge. "And keep doing it hopefully forever."
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