While running the marathon Barbara Tatge kissed a handsome man and she's been looking for him. Sorry, ma'am, he's spoken for.
Woman tries to find man she kissed at Boston Marathon, hears from his wife instead: http://t.co/KtShpIKu5r pic.twitter.com/3Fl7Vw4Tga
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It's a tradition in the town of Wellesley that the women of Wellesley College offer kisses to men running the Boston Marathon. On a dare from her daughter, Barbara Tatge reversed the genders of the tradition and kissed a handsome man on her run through town. She sent it to her daughter Paige as proof, who then sent it to local paper The Wellesley Townsman, where it went viral.
If you were hoping for a romantic ending in which two good people find love in an unlikely place, look elsewhere. Barbara did hear back about her handsome stranger. Unfortunately, it was from his wife.
The married couple prefers to remain anonymous, but the wife submitted a letter to The Townsman telling Barbara to back the hell off! Just kidding, she was actually very nice. She wrote:
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!
For her part, Tatge wishes the whole story would go away. She never expected the kind of attention she's getting and appreciates the wife's kind-hearted response. She plans to run the Boston marathon again, but says, "Moving forward, I'm going to revert to only kissing single men."
Yeah, yeah. Me too.