Date
21 October 2017
Barbara Tatge kisses an unidentified man while running the Boston Marathon. Photo: Internet
Barbara Tatge kisses an unidentified man while running the Boston Marathon. Photo: Internet

Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from … his wife

A woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running in last month’s Boston Marathon finally heard back — from the mystery man’s wife.

Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, AP reported.

The women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners. 

After the race on April 20, her daughter went onto social media to try to find the man.

Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, passed on a letter addressed to her on Sunday after the search generated nationwide attention.

“When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised,” the unidentified man’s wife wrote in a portion of the letter quoted by The Townsman, asking for privacy for her family.

“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!”

The wife continued: “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 says she wrote back to the wife Monday, thanking her for her graciousness and good humor.

“The letter was so kind and good-hearted,” she said. “She’s a great sport, and he’s fortunate to be married to someone like her.”

Tatge said she hopes to run the Boston Marathon again, but “moving forward, I’m going to revert to only kissing single men”.

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