Standing out in the competitive world of online dating is a difficult feat. That’s why so many people resort to posting photos of themselves standing next to exotic animals, in the misguided belief that they will somehow also look stunning and exotic.
One man is choosing to avoid the dating app step altogether, however, and has taken the basic tenets of online dating to the streets — quite literally.
When Steve Bergstrom ran the Chicago marathon, he decided to turn to some creative advertising in order to simultaneously accomplish two tasks: finishing the race, and finding himself a significant other.
Steve ran the marathon shirtless (excellent choice), and on his back he wrote, “SINGLE. On Facebook: Steve Bergstrom.”
Clearly, subtlety just isn’t Steve’s style, y’all.
However, Steve tells HelloGiggles that he really wasn’t looking for a barrage of hookups, and that the unusual advertising was merely his way of getting back out there. “This was absolutely not a ploy to get as many dates as I can — I would like to find myself in a position where I don’t have to do this again.”
Not surprisingly, this advertisement on the naked torso of a well-muscled man received a healthy amount of responses.
“I’ve had more than 1,000 friend requests,” Steve told HLN. “I can’t say I’m upset about it. Some have been from people saying that they were inspired to get back into running, and that’s been the best, people reaching out to share that.”
Liz Heisler, a spectator in the marathon crowd, also held up a hilarious sign advertising her singleness (and the fact that her cat’s mom was “looking for a #CatDad”). Liz apparently messaged Steve on Facebook, and the two have already been out on several dates together.
Seriously, you guys. This is turning into a romantic comedy of the highest order.
Only time will tell if Steve and Liz are in it for the long haul, but, as Steve apparently told Liz, “If we don’t meet up and have a drink when you held up a sign and I held up a sign, then we’re missing out on good storytelling later.”
Here’s hoping that this story becomes one of the toasts at Steve and Liz’s future wedding, because this meet-cute is just too good to go to waste.