Monday, August 22, 2011

Johnny Kelley

The following note was passed along to me by former Palo Alto HS coach, Jeff Billing:

http://footloose.runnersworld.com/2011/08/john-j-kelley-rip-1930-2011-1957-boston-marathon-winner-americas-first-modern-road-runner.html

Dear friends - I wanted to share with you the obituary of a running legend who shaped my life in many many ways. Many of you know that Kelley lived a mile down the road from my parent's home in Mystic, that his home is the starting place of the January 1st tradition of running & jumping in the ocean I've done every year since I was 12, and that the road race I run the first Saturday of every August is named after him. Him and his wife Jessie were like grandparents to me. I thought you might find meaning in the words written by my uncle Amby. May we all live as long and as meaningful a life as John J Kelley.

I hope you are all well,
Jeff

1 comment:

walt said...

Living a life like Young John's is living in a quality manner. We should all follow his trail.