1981 winner and marathon-running wife form bridge run duo

Pictured above are Marc and Ruth Marie Embler. (Scott Eisberg/WCIV)

By Scott

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- For the rest of Marc Embler's life, he will always be in the record books of Charleston running.

In 1981 as a young 23-year- old runner, Embler went out with a bunch of buddies and ran the Cooper River Bridge Run. He came away from that race as the winner.

"I didn't know it was such a big deal. Afterwards it was a much bigger deal than it was at the time," Embler said.

Embler is now a professor at CSU. More than 30 years later, he is still an avid, competitive runner around Charleston and the rest of the country. It can be hard to push a runner that good, but now, he's found a coach that meets his standard.

"I wouldn't say it was love at first sight, maybe love at second sight" Embler said.

His coach is the apple of his eye{} and another avid South Carolinian runner. Ruth Marie Embler has completed a 150-mile, self-sufficient seven-day marathon across the Sahara desert. She competed on the television show Survivor and is an accomplished marathoner. The two dated and married a little over a year ago.

The Embler's run together about 40 percent of the time, but she's now also training him for the bridge run and the Boston Marathon, the next two races they'll run together.

"Of course, there is no real competition. He's so far ahead of me in workouts. He sprints out ahead, not even in the same ballgame. He's far ahead in fitness and ability" Ruth Marie said.

They say they don't compete with each other, and their relationship is perfectly centered around running.

Marc Embler's found a love that enjoys the sport he loves just as much. Now, she's making a great runner even better.

"When I follow her plan, it works" he said. "I'll just shut up and listen."