SPOKANE, Wash. -

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six. They have been talking about marriage the last few months, but she had no clue what was coming her way.

Curalli finished the race with one of his best times in recent memory, he was anxious to find his love, Ginger Klungland, waiting for him at the fountain.

Curalli got down on one knee, and Klungland happily replied, "Yes!"

The two plan to marry in October of this year.