Woman Searching For Mystery Man She Kissed During Boston Marathon Contacted By His Wife
A Tennessee woman's search-gone-viral for the man she kissed while running the Boston Marathon ended when she got an unexpected response.
On a dare from her daughter, Barbara Tatge kissed a random, good-looking gentleman when she ran through the town of Wellesley—a flip on the tradition where women of Wellesley College would offer kisses to runners.
Tatge's daughter realized the man left quite the impression on her mother after the April 20th race, and set out on a quest to find him. The photo, and Tatge's story soon went viral, gaining national attention—and on Sunday the Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, passed on a response.
It was from her mystery man's wife.
The man's wife said the attention had been fun, but she and her husband would prefer to stay anonymous.
When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised. For me, I'm not mad. Believe me, our friends have gotten a lot of mileage out of this story and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them give my husband grief! While this may not be the ending that you had hoped for, that spontaneous, silly moment in Wellesley captured the fun, energy and spirit of the Boston Marathon. I greatly admire your spunk and courage and wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston finish!
Tatge wrote back to the wife, thanking her for being such a good sport and having a good sense of humor about the whole situation. She also apologized for any embarrassment she may have caused and made a promise in the event that she runs the Boston Marathon again:
"Moving forward, I'm going to revert to only kissing single men."