A woman who attempted to track down a stranger she kissed while running in the Boston Marathon was in for a surprise when she received a letter from the unknown man’s wife.

Barbara Tatge had accepted a dare from her daughter to kiss a stranger as she passed through Wellesley while running in the Boston Marathon. The dare stemmed from a tradition at Wellesley College where women would offer kisses to runners as they came through the town.

A photo of the two kissing spread quickly across the internet and through the media after Tatge’s daughter sought to find the stranger her mom had felt a connection with.  But instead of hearing back from the man, Barbara received a letter from his wife.

“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,” the note said. “I greatly admire your spunk and courage and wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston finish!”

The wife’s letter also shared that she is “not mad” about the kiss and has “thoroughly enjoyed” watching her friends give her husband grief over the whole ordeal, according to Yahoo News.

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

Though Tatge is not opposed to kissing strangers in future marathons, she has adopted a new resolution.

“Moving forward, I’m going to revert to only kissing single men.”

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