Harvey and Chorney Go 1-2 in Marathon Debut

09 SEP 2013
Harvey and Chorney Go 1-2 in Marathon Debut
Motivated by the events of April 15th, two B.A.A. athletes took on the challenge of training for their first marathon. The result was a first and second-place finish for Brian Harvey and David Chorney at the Lehigh Valley Marathon on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The pair achieved their shared goal of qualifying for The 2014 Boston Marathon just hours before registration opened on September 9th.

Harvey and Chorney, both debuting at the distance, ran together for the first 22 miles before Harvey began pulling away. They finished in 2:31:33 and 2:33:52 respectively. Harvey, a two-time Division III All-American, boasts a half-marathon PB of 1:06:47 from the 2011 Philadelphia Half. Chorney, a steeplechase specialist, rarely races over longer distances. He ran 14:30 on the track at the Sam Howell Invitational this past spring and has never raced on the roads at a distance longer than 8k.

The pair will be on the lime on April 21, 2014 for the 118th Boston Marathon, leading a large contingent of B.A.A. runners who have also qualified and registered for Boston.

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B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.