AT&T is once again proud to sponsor the AT&T Athlete Alert Program at the Boston Marathon, which helps friends and family keep tabs on the progress of registered runners in real time. Both SMS (text messages) and email updates from the April 20th event can be sent directly to designated mobile phone numbers and/or email addresses. Updates are courtesy of AT&T and the Boston Marathon and will be sent when the runner reaches the 10-kilometer, half marathon and 30-kilometer marks, and from the finish line.

We strongly encourage runners to register before race weekend. If the runner chooses to sign up during race weekend, please bring the phone numbers and/or email addresses with you to Bib Number Pick-up. Representatives will be available in the Number Pick-Up area at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, April 17th, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18th, from 9:00a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 19th, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. to answer questions and provide AT&T Athlete Alert registration assistance.

Download the free B.A.A. Marathon app to track up to ten runners, easily view key race information, tour the race course, and share your race experience on social media. Also, learn about the world-class athletes in the John Hancock Elite Athlete Program, and peruse the rich history of the Boston Marathon for past champions, course records, and race synopses from 118 years of Boston Marathon history.

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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.