November 29 - 1999: Johnny Kelley named as Runner of the Century

1930: Famed Provincetown artist Hawthorne dies. 1941: County gets an art collection
Kelley on the cover of the March/April 2003 issue of Marathon & Beyond Magazine

1930: The day Charles Hawthorne died

On this day in 1930, one of Provincetown's most famous artist, Charles Hawthorne, died in Baltimore. The New York Times report is below and it begins:

Best Known for Portrayal of Folk of Cape Cod, Where He Founded School.
Was Pupil of Chase and Taught in His School--
Won Many Awards-- Works in Important Museums.

BALTIMORE, Nov. 29. -- Charles Webster Hawthorne, noted American painter and owner and teacher of the Cape Cod School for Marine Studies at Provincetown, Mass., died here today at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for eight weeks.

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1941: Art collection donated to Barnstable County Sanitorium

In 1941, the Standard-Times reported on the donation of art work to the Barnstable County Sanitorium by local artists.

The photo accompanying the story showed Dr. Julius Kelley (pictured) presenting two of the paintings.

The collection included paintings by several well-known Lower Cape artists including John Whorf, Richard Miller, Charles Kaseleau, Charles Heinz, Julius Katzieff, Coulton Waugh, Bruce McKain, Tod Lindenmuth, Vollain Rann, John Gregory, Dorothy-Lake Gregory, E.B. Warren, Donald Witherstine, Philip Malicoat, Ross Moffet, Ada Raynor, Edwin Dickenson and Vernon Smith.

1999: Cape Cod's Johnny Kelley honored as Runner of the Century

Ran Boston Marathon 58 times, won twice, finished second seven times

On this day in 1999, Runner's World announced that it had named East Dennis resident Johnny Kelley as "Runner of the Century".

The 92-year-old Kelley had won the Boston Marathon in 1935 and 1945, finished twice seven times and run the course an amazing 58 times before retiring at 84. Kelley also competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin - with teammate Jesse Owens - and at the first post-war Olympics in Berlin in 1948.

He was often referred to as "Johnny A. Kelley" to distinguish him from another elite marathoner, Johnny J. Kelley, who won Boston in 1957 and to whom the elder Kelley was not related.

Kelley's career was "the greatest running achievement of the century," Runner's World noted in its January 2000 issue. "The years and times alone can't give full measure to his legacy. His energy, persistence and excellence have inspired untold millions of runners worldwide."

Kelley died at 97 in October 2004. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Kelley was still running 50 miles a week and 15 to 17 races annually at age 70. 

The Times obituary included photos of Kelley winning his first Boston Marathon and running his last at age 84 - and finishing the 26.1-mile course in 5 hours 58 minutes 36 seconds.

In the 1936 Olympics, Kelley was the only American to finish the marathon. As he crossed the finish line at the stadium in Berlin, Kelley turned and saw German fuhrer Adolf Hitler wave to him from a private box.

"But I refused to wave back," Kelley told a Brockton Enterprise reporter in 1996. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on