This is an 18"
x 24" black and white lithograph featuring the portraits of John
A. Kelley (1907-2004), John J. Kelley (1930-2011), Amby Burfoot and Bill Rodgers, limited
to an edition of 500. Each runner is pictured as they
looked at the time of their first Boston victory.
Each print has
been autographed by all four runners and numbered and signed by
the artist, Andrew Yelenak. The prints were
autographed during the spring of 1994.
drawing was reproduced as a duo tone lithograph, printed on 80#
Mohawk Vellum acid-free cover stock.
The price is
$135.00 unframed, plus $6.00 shipping. Ordering
Why "A Boston
to friend, coach to athlete, roommate to roommate, a legacy of running
excellence was passed between these four marathoners. All went on
to win at Boston.
The Direct Connection
A. Kelley, two time winner and competitor in 61 Boston Marathons,
met the younger John J. Kelley due to their common name, and became
life long friends. They competed in many races together. The
night before the younger Kelley's Boston Marathon victory in 1957,
he stayed at the elder Kelley's home. He was shielded from the press
and well-wishers by Johnny, who fielded all phone calls and barred
the door. John J.Kelley would become the
U.S. National Marathon Champion 8 years in a row.
John J. Kelley
went on to coach Amby Burfoot as a student
at Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut during the early
1960s. He instilled the love of distance running in Amby that
would lead to his Boston victory in 1968.
Amby in turn,
while attending Wesleyan University that year, shared his dormitory
room with Bill Rodgers. Competing together
on the cross-country team, Amby exposed Bill to the discipline and
long miles of training necessary to become a marathon champion.
Bill Rodgers would go on to be "King of the Roads" in the
late '70's and '80's, winning Boston four times.