Woman Searched for Man She Kissed at Boston Marathon, But Was Contacted By His Wife

Barbara Tatge (L) and her handsome stranger lock lips at the Boston Marathon
Barbara Tatge (L) gives a “thumbs up” as she and her handsome stranger lock lips at the Boston Marathon

*Dang, here you go. All happy because you think you’ve met your boo at the least likely place: while running in the Boston Marathon. After all, it was that kiss that sealed the deal, right?

Y’all was so excited to be there, you went all out and kissed the first good-looking man you saw while running through the town of Wellesley – hey, anyone who pays attention to the marathon knows that’s where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners.

But you couldn’t let it go at that.

You had to go on social media and put all your business out there; looking for the man.

Girl, the kiss must’ve been good. But the kisser just forgot to mention one thing: He’s a MARRIED MAN!!!

Prompted by her daughter Paige, who dared her mother to kiss a stranger, Barbara Tatge probably felt pretty good about herself and said, heck yeah! Especially when she saw how handsome he was.

So once the marathon was over, and her mom was so happy to have met the challenge (and obviously couldn’t stop talking about that kiss!), Paige decided to go on social media to try to find the man her mom swapped spit with.

According to the Associated Press, a Boston-area news outlet called The Wellesley Townsman got in on the act, and passed on a letter addressed to her on Sunday after the campaign generated nationwide attention.

The unidentified man’s wife was truly a good sport, though. She said the attention had been fun, but she and her husband wish to remain anonymous.

“When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised,” the mystery man’s wife wrote in a portion of the letter quoted by The Townsman. “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 also apologized for any embarrassment the search may have caused.

“I just wanted her to know that the media firestorm stemmed from my loving daughter’s good-hearted dare,” she said. “I didn’t want to cause any discomfort to him or his family.”

Meanwhile, Barbara admits she was touched by the support she’s received, but she’s moving on now, happily. And although she does hope to run in the Boston Marathon again, there is one rule she will adhere to “…I’m going to revert to only kissing single men.”

2 thoughts on “Woman Searched for Man She Kissed at Boston Marathon, But Was Contacted By His Wife”

  1. Don’t kiss anyone! How about that?! You don’t know if dude has a cold sore on his lips and he doesn’t know if you have one on yours. Keep your lips to yourself. Much safer and more sanitary that way.

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