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Johnny Kelley. RIP

Kelley, a former Olympian and member of the USA Track & Field, National Distance Running and Road Runners Club of America halls of fame, won America's oldest marathon in 1935 and 1945 and finished second a record seven times. He was 84 when he ran his last Boston Marathon.

"Johnny was not only a great runner, he was a great person who touched millions of lives and inspired millions of runners," DeLong said. "He lived life to the fullest, in everything he did, and one of his greatest gifts was always seeing the best in everything and everybody."

Kelley completed 58 Boston Marathons, also a record, and had 18 finishes in the top 10.

"Johnny was an icon for all of running, not only the Boston Marathon," said Guy L. Morse III, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, the race's organizer. "And, as much as he and his name may have been synonymous with running, he was also a true gentlemen in all senses of the word."


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/summer/track/2004-10-07-kelley-obit_x.htm?csp=25&RM_Exclude=Juno
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