1935 and 1945 Boston Marathon Champion.
Two time Olympian ('36, '48). Second place finisher in Boston
seven times. Competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons.
Johnny was born on September
6, 1907 in West Medford, Massachusetts, one of ten children. He
ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts.
His PR for the mile is around 4:40, set in high school.
He dropped out of his first marathon and DNF'd his first
Boston Marathon in 1928, but he had success at shorter races
at the time.
A legend of the marathon, Johnny
Kelley made his mark as a true endurance athlete. 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.