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Johnny A. "The Elder" Kelley reaches out to congratulate Cosmas Ndeti after his third consecutive marathon win in 1995.
(Globe Staff Photo / Tom Herde)

In 1957, on a remeasured course, John J. Kelley would become the first American to win the Boston Marathon since the legendary John A. "The Elder" Kelley's victory in 1945. John J. Kelley's time of 2 hours, 20 minutes and 5 seconds established a record on the new Marathon course.

John J. Kelley finished as runnerup in Boston five times, and might have won in 1961 were it not for a stray dog that charged onto the course in Newton Lower Falls and sent him to the pavement. He ran on two US Olympic teams and won eight consecutive Yonkers Marathons. Fueled by his strong dedication to the sport Johnny Kelley stands as an icon of one of the oldest and perhaps most prestigious marathons in the world.

Current records

* Men's Open: Robert Cheruiyot (Kenya) 2:07:14, 2006
* Women's Open: Margaret Okayo (Kenya) 2:20:43, 2002
* Men's Masters (ages 40-49): John Campbell (New Zealand) 2:11:04, 1990
* Women's Masters (ages 40-49): Firaya Sultanova (Russia) 2:27:58, 2002
* Men's Veterans (ages 50-59): Ryszard Marczak (Poland) 2:27:17, 1996
* Women's Veterans (ages 50-59): Anne Roden (Great Britain) 2:54:21, 2000
* Men's Seniors (ages 60+): Clive Davies (Oregon) 2:43:20, 1981
* Women's Seniors (ages 60+): Barbara Miller (Calif.) 3:11:57, 2000
* Men's Wheelchair: Ernst Van Dyk (South Africa) 1:18:27, 2004
* Women's Wheelchair: Jean Driscoll (United States) 1:34:22, 1994