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      She said "Yes!" Engagement at Utica's Boilermaker road race

      <p> <font size="3" face="Calibri">Photo by Emma Grossman on Instagram. Used with permission.</font> </p>

      Amid the personal accomplishments of thousands of runners at Sunday's Boilermaker in Utica, there was a life changing event for an Oneida County couple.

      Michael Vennero, 32, Utica proposed to his girlfriend Megan Risler, 28, Deerfield.

      Via Instagram, Risler told Michael Benny about the significance of the race as the site of the engagement: "In 2009 I ran this race and my uncle was really sick. It was the first obstacle in our relationship," Risler said.