Johnny Kelley Statue
Northwest corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue, Newton
A common complaint from Boston Marathon runners is that they somehow missed this tribute to the local legend. The Johnny Kelley statue, dedicated in 1993 to the man who ran 61 Boston Marathons, his last at age 84 in 1992, is tucked into the northwest corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue. It’s about a 30-second detour off the race path, just prior to Heartbreak Hill, serving as an inspiration for the race’s most difficult moments.