A marathon runner has landed a date and a ton of attention after he wrote a personal ad on his back during a recent race.
Steve Bergstrom told BuzzFeed News he has completed more than 20 marathons, two Ironmans, and four ultra-marathons. He said with all his hobbies dating can be hard, especially since he just moved back to Chicago after living in Germany for three years.
The 30-year-old marketing professional said that he had the idea to turn himself into a running personal ad a few days before running the Chicago Marathon and "couldn't stop giggling."
So, he recruited his cousin to write a message on his back the night before the race that read: "SINGLE / on Facebook / Steve Bergstrom."
Both the marathon and Bergstom's ad were a success. He received multiple Facebook inquiries, including one from a fellow marathoner who was cheering on the runners that day. She had a sign that said, "My Mom is looking for a #catdad."
Bergstrom said he had hoped to meet someone special from his "personal ad," but never expected media attention.
"It's been a little overwhelming, but a lot of fun," he said. "This was never about launching myself into stardom, or about trying to rack up as many dates as possible. I am a much bigger fan of quality than quantity."
He said he hopes to inspire people to think outside of the box for love.
"If this little stunt helps people to actually put themselves out there [in whatever way works for them], rather than being stuck behind their screens, then I'd call it a success," he said.