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,” Tatge said Friday by phone.

Now Paige Tatge, a graduate student at Arizona State University, 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 appeals to Boston-area media. Paige Tatge says it’s a birthday present for her mom.

“The response has been great so far. I can’t believe the responses from random people wanting my mom to find this man,” she said by email.

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.

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. Tatge admits she’s curious to see where this dare — a twist on the traditional kisses offered to runners by the women of Wellesley College —leads. She also regrets not taking the moment to get his phone number after he yelled out for her to call him.

“I’d like to find out who he is, regardless of how this all turns out,” Tatge says. “Am I kicking myself? Maybe just a little.”


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