Marathon notebook: Kelly finishes her 45th marathon

Marathon notebook: Kelly finishes her 45th marathon

Janet Kelly started running marathons 25 years ago. They’ve been a big part of her life ever since, as in that time she’s finished 20 Boston Marathons and 45 marathons overall. 

Kelly, a 72-year-old from Orleans, is calling it a career, at least as far as the 26.2-mile length is concerned. She was one of more than 80 Cape Cod and island runners to run the 125th Boston Marathon on Monday, finishing in 5 hours, 14 minutes and 6 seconds. 

“I’m thrilled that I did this,” Kelly said. 

Running has always been about personal challenge and growth for Kelly, as it is for many distance runners. She said she’s stuck with it for that reason, and also the camaraderie you build with others on the course. 

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