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Results & Commentary: 1996 Results

Mayor’s Cup Results and Summary 1996

October 27, 1996 - In its fourth and final year as a part of Reebok’s USA Cross Country Grand Prix, the Mayor’s Cup fielded its largest men’s and women’s races to date.

The women’s individual race was tight to the wire. Kate Fonshell and Kristin Beaney ran stride for stride until Fonshell took a slight lead with 300m to go, resulting in a first place finish (16:37), a mere two seconds ahead of Beaney (16:39). The men’s race was not as close a contest, as Kenyan Silah Misoi easily pulled ahead of the pack to claim victory and clock the second-fastest time on the course (23:12). Jeff Campbell was runner-up.

In the team competition, the Central Mass Striders were victorious for the women with a combined time of 1:29:01. On the men’s side, Team New Balance accepted first place honors (2:00:03).

Already a niche sport, cross country on the national level would begin to be further fractured as USA Track & Field elected to create a Fall and Winter national cross country championship. During the next four years, many formerly popular fall events would lose their appeal, but the Mayor’s Cup would fight to be a staple of Autumn cross country racing. There were 280 male and 154 female finishers overall.

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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.