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Johnny Kelley Races

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Distanz 10 km

Rescheduled to 06 Sep 2020

Previous date: 24 Mai 2020

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Join us in May for the annual tribute to Cape Cod’s Marathon Man, Johnny Kelley. Although Johnny’s name is synonymous with the Boston Marathon, he also represented the United States as a member of three Olympic teams. At the young age of 18 in Nazi Germany, he ran with another legend, the great Jesse Owens, in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. He was the only American to cross the finish line, finishing the race in 18th place.

Named for the legendary “Marathon Man of Boston” who competed in more than 60 Boston Marathons between 1928 and 1992 — and twice won the race, in 1935 and 1945 — the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon is one of three running events at The Great Hyannis Road Races, the annual springtime running event that also includes the Barnstable Police Officer Michael Aselton 5K.

In addition to his illustrious Boston Marathon career, Kelley also qualified for the Olympic teams in 1936, 1940 and 1944, and competed in a wide range of distance races staged by the Amateur Athletic Union over the years.

Kelley also never made any money to speak of from his running career — he was employed full-time all through the years, primarily for the Boston Edison Electric Company. As if his already legendary athletic accomplishments weren’t enough, he was 84 years old when he ran his final Boston Marathon in 1992.

The race that bears his name is a fitting tribute that takes runners on a scenic route through the streets of Hyannis and Hyannis Port, starting near the intersection of Main and Ocean Streets in Hyannis.

The Johnny Kelley Half Marathon is a one-loop course. The course is not closed to traffic; however, the traffic is very light on most of the course. The course is well monitored by the Barnstable Police Department and seasoned road race volunteers.

Johnny Kelley Half Marathon course is USATF certified.



  • 5km


  • 10km



6 aid stations, providing water, lemon-lime Gatorade, and toilets. Courses staffed by emergency vehicles, and there are three (3) EMT's along the course and four (4) at the Finish Line, with Emergency Service provided by Hyannis Fire Department and Centerville Fire Department.


All who complete The Johnny Kelly Half Marathon will receive a colorful finisher medal.


Parking is available on Main Street and public lots on North Street which is parallel with Main Street.

Angebotener Fotoservice

Capstone Photography will cover the race course, capturing photos of runners as they progress through the race. Race photos will be posted for viewing and purchase, within five business days at Unlike other race photography companies, Capstone Photography puts each image ordered through an exacting post-capture optimization process, so you can be sure that each photo you receive will be the best it can be!


Your Timing Device for this event is the ChronoTrack B-Tag: A single-use bib tag.

Johnny Kelley Races Routenkarte

Johnny Kelley Races Routenkarte


Main and Ocean Streets in Hyannis



Michael K. Aselton Memorial Park



The course is extremely picturesque and historical, traveling down Main Street, Hyannis, past historic Hyannis Harbor and the Hy-Line Nantucket Ferries, by the John F. Kennedy Memorial, with a great view of Kalmus Beach and Lewis Bay, through historic Hyannisport, along Craigville Beach and through the charming Cape Cod village of Centerville. Lots of water views!


The race that bears his name is a fitting tribute that takes runners on a scenic route through the streets of Hyannis and Hyannis Port, starting near the intersection of Main and Ocean Streets in Hyannis.

From there, the out-and-back course winds through coastal areas like Kalus Beach, Craigsville Beach and the Hyannis Harbor, and includes views of the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and the villages of Hyannis Port and Centerville.

The course for the race is paved throughout, run on city streets and coastal roadways, and features only gently rolling hills combined with plenty of flat stretches. Though it’s not closed to traffic during the race, organizers report that runners can expect to see only light auto traffic during their run.

The 5K is run in honor of the late Barnstable police officer Michael Aselton, and proceeds from the race will benefit the scholarship fund set up in his name for Barnstable High School students who wish to pursue careers in law enforcement.

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