Boston Runner Looking for Man She Kissed on a Dare

Daughters are trying to find him on mom's behalf
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2015 5:13 PM CDT
Boston Runner Looking for Man She Kissed on a Dare
The maybe fateful kiss.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – A Tennessee woman who ran the Boston Marathon is looking for the man she kissed on a dare. Barbara Tatge says her daughter, Paige, dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man and take a photo of it as she ran her first Boston Marathon on April 20. So, about halfway into the race, that's what the single 55-year-old from Lakeland did. "That little kiss gave me wings on my shoes for the rest of the race," she said. Now Paige Tatge, a graduate student at Arizona State, is determined to find the mystery man, who clearly left an impression on her mom. This week, she's taken to social media and made outright appeals to Boston-area media. Paige Tatge says it's a birthday present to her mom.

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"The response has been great so far," she said by email. "I can't believe the responses from random people wanting my mom to find this man. It's been great." Barbara Tatge says she's a little embarrassed by the attention. "I don't want it to seem like I'm this desperate woman that's seeking this man," she said. "But my daughters are so sweet, and they're always looking out for my best interests." Tatge also doesn't want to put her mystery man in an awkward position if he's in a relationship or married. "I would want his wife to know I was definitely the aggressor," she says. "I mean, I approached him, you know?" (Read more Boston Marathon stories.)

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