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'That's me in the picture': Couple remembers proposal photo at Fargo Marathon

FARGO - A few things stand out for Scott and Krista Majkrzak about their marriage proposal captured at the inaugural running of the full Fargo marathon.

In this file photo from May 2005, Scott Majkrzak gets on his knee to propose marriage and offers a ring to Krista Strand after Strand finished the half-marathon during the Fargo Marathon. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO – A few things stand out for Scott and Krista Majkrzak about their marriage proposal captured at the inaugural running of the full Fargo marathon.

“I was overjoyed at the finish line,” said Krista.

“It was cold!” said Scott.

“We got somewhere warm right after that,” he said.

Temperatures on the morning of May 14, 2005, were in the upper 30s with winds at 25 to 35 mph during the race.


Krista is pictured in The Forum photo the next day clutching a foil blanket given to runners on the course so they could stay warm.

Her face radiated surprise and emotion as Scott knelt down, clutching a small blue box with an engagement ring inside.

Scott said the proposal was a few weeks in the making.

The two had been in Las Vegas the previous week, and Scott said Krista may have been expecting the engagement to happen then.

“She had fire coming out of her ears when it didn’t,” he joked.

The next week, Krista thought Scott was in San Francisco for business. Instead, he was headed to Fargo for the big surprise.

He arranged for their parents, along with other family members, to be there as he proposed.

A Moorhead woman found herself an up-close witness to the event.


Mary Johnson, a nurse and wife of then-TV news anchor Charley Johnson, said this week she had been waiting for daughter Marlee to cross the finish line that day.

While she missed her daughter, Mary caught the proposal and unwittingly photo-bombed the moment.

“I'm glad my face didn't put a shadow over their happiness,” she said.

The couple married later that year, and started a family in 2007.

Scott and Krista, both 35 and living in Horace, have a daughter Taylor, 7, and a son Ryder, 5.

Scott owns, with several family members, Pancheros restaurants in Fargo, Moorhead and Bismarck, and 17 Planet Fitness centers across the country.

Krista is just as active as she was in 2005, teaching classes at Mojo Fit Studios in Fargo.

Scott was once a standout basketball player at West Fargo High school and North Dakota State University, but doesn’t play the game much anymore.


“The only ball I play now is with my son,” he said. “My body can't take much more, even though the mind tells you can still do it.”

The couple just celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary a few days before Christmas.

Does anyone ever ask them about the memorable proposal photo?

“Once in a while, around marathon time,” said Scott. “Other than that, it just seems like it was a heck of a long time ago.”


Krista and Scott Majkrzak along with son, Ryder, 5, attend the North Dakota State semifinal playoff game at the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum

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