John J. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon and known to his fans as the first modern American road runner, has died. Amby Burfoot, a friend whom Kelley coached in high school in Groton, CT in the early 1960s, confirmed his death. He said Kelley died yesterday in Stonington at his daughter’s home from a melanoma that spread to his lungs. He was 80.
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