Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Most Influential People & Events - #5 of 7

Back In November '06, Runner's World had an article on the forty most influential people and moments in running over the past forty years. Over the next few posts you'll learn which seven people/moments that made the list are directly connected to the Boston Marathon. Here's #5...

Johnny A. Kelley

Nobody embodied the phrase "young at heart" better than Johnny Kelley. Runner's World put him on the list because Johnny refused to let age slow him down. The man, the legend ran Boston 61 times--- and finished 58 of them! He won Boston twice and finished in the top 5 fifteen times.

"These days, half the field is over 40," says Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray." Johnny proved that it could be done."

Johnny died in 2004 at the age of 97.