A Boston marathon runner's search for a mystery man she kissed at the race ended when the man's wife wrote a letter addressed to her.

Dared by her daughter, Barbara Tatge, who was running her first ever Boston Marathon kissed a spectator as she passed through Wellesley.

The magical moment won her daughter Paige Tatge's heart who went on a quest to find the Wellesley stranger in hopes of having a fairy-tale ending for her mother.

The search ended when the man's wife who was also running the marathon for the first time sent a letter to the Townsman addressed to Tatge, saying the local hype over the kiss had been fun.

"We all thought this story was hilarious because it is just like my husband to do that. It was one of many memorable stories from a great weekend in Boston," said the man's wife who preferred to remain anonymous.

"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!"

A disappointed but humorous Tatge thanked the man's wife and made a resolution.

Making a reference to the Wellesley college girls who usually kiss runners, Tatge said: "I accepted my daughter's good-hearted dare of reversing the Wellesley tradition. And a good-natured man accepted my request for a photo.

"I've been surprised and overwhelmed with all the attention this simple story has gotten and would like it all to go away quietly, I really would.

"I am touched by the outpouring of support of strangers that wanted a fairytale ending. Moving forward I will revert to only kissing single men..."