By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
Two Findlay High School cross country runners are receiving national attention for a creative “promposal.”
Joran Fuller, a junior, ran 5.5 miles along a route in Findlay that spelled out “Prom?” in order to ask his girlfriend, sophomore Claire Short, to the event.
Short said Fuller had seen other people make “elaborate shapes” in Strava, an app used by runners and cyclists to track routes, times and other data.
In Australia, for example, cyclists recently rode 126 miles to make a goat shape in the suburbs of Perth.
“I’m pretty sure he hadn’t seen anyone else do words before so there was some originality to it,” she said.
Fuller used South Main Street as the base for his run, forming the letters to the east of the road. He completed the route with a question mark formed by East Pearl Street, Sherry Street, Seventh Street and Washington Avenue.
After Fuller finished his run on March 10, he went to Short’s house with flowers and told her to check the app.
Short later tweeted, “But did your prom date run 5.5 miles to ask you” along with a screenshot of Fuller’s Strava post.
She was surprised at the attention the tweet quickly received.
“I had just intended to share it with my close friends and family, and it just blew up from there,” she said.
The tweet has been liked more than 117,000 times and retweeted more than 16,000 times. It caught the attention of BuzzFeed, ESPN and ABC News, among other news outlets.