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Results and Commentary: 2001 Race Highlights

Inaugural B.A.A. Half Marathon

See 2001 Results - Click Here Another chapter in Boston’s illustrious road running history was written on Sunday, October 14 as the inaugural running of the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by New England Baptist Hospital, drew 2,529 starters from 28 states to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system.

Wayne Levy, of the host Boston Athletic Association, led a 1-2-3 club sweep of the men’s race and Sarah Nixon, of Medfield won the women’s open division.

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.