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Johnny Kelley: 1907-2004
Kelley in Hopkinton before the 1996 race.
Kelley in Hopkinton before the 1996 race. (Globe Staff Photo / John Tlumacki)
First Marathon victory, 1935.
First Marathon victory, 1935. (Globe File Photo)

Boston Marathon man
Johnny Kelley dies at 97

Johnny Kelley, a bow-legged marathoner with more endurance than the Energizer Bunny, competed in the Boston Marathon a record 61 times and won the grueling race twice. He finished second a record seven times and in 18 races he placed in the top 10. (Boston Globe)
Photo Gallery PHOTO GALLERY: Johnny Kelley in pictures
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