John A. Kelley
|John A. Kelley|
|PR||mile - 4:40, marathon - 2:30:41|
|Born||September 6, 1907|
|Died||Oct. 6, 2004 at South Yarmouth, Ma|
|High School||Arlington HS|
John Adelbert Kelley (1907 - 2004) was an American marathon runner.
Kelly's career spanned eight decades. He competed in two Olympic Games and was deprived of two other opportunities because of World War II. Kelley made his first Olympic appearance in 1936 and finished 18th in the marathon. He was one of the few veterans of the 1936 Games who also competed in 1948, placing 21st. He also was selected to the 1940 Olympic team but those Games were cancelled by war. He narrowly missed being chosen for a fourth time in 1952, at the age of 44. Kelley ran the Boston Marathon 61 times from 1931 until 1992, finishing 58 of those races and winning in 1935 and 1945. In the seventeen years from 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and his 58th finish. Johnny has also run the Yonkers Marathon 29 times. His time of 2:30.41 led the world in 1945 and he had the second-best world marathon time during several other years. During his long career, he competed in 115 marathons covering a 64-year period. His running career began at Arlington High School, where he competed in track and cross country and completed his best-ever mile in 4:40. On a national level, he was an 11-time AAU champion in four events, including the marathon (1948 and 1950), 15,000 meters (1937 and 1954); 20,000 meters (1943 and 1954), and 25,000 meters (1937 and 1941-1944).