This could have ended up being seriously awkward…
Barbara Tatge participated in this year’s Boston Marathon on April 20, and her daughter dared her to kiss a random man during her run through Wellesley. Wellesley College’s female students have a tradition of kissing Boston Marathon runners.
According to Yahoo! News, Tatge then made it known that she wanted to find her mystery man, and the media picked up her story.
Her campaign worked…to an extent.
Instead of being notified by Mystery Man, Tatge received a letter from his wife, courtesy of local newspaper The Wellesley Townsman.
“When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised,” Mystery Man’s wife, who declined to have herself or her husband named, wrote. “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!” she added.
Tatge apologized for any embarrassment that may have ensued for the couple because of her actions, adding, “The letter was so kind and good-hearted. She’s a great sport, and he’s fortunate to be married to someone like her. I just wanted her to know that the media firestorm stemmed from my loving daughter’s good-hearted dare. I didn’t want to cause any discomfort to him or his family.”
“Moving forward, I’m going to revert to only kissing single men,” the Tennessee native vowed.