Monday, August 22, 2011

John J. Kelley (Dec 24, 1930 - Aug 21, 2011)

John J. Kelley, Kelley's Pace, Mystic CT - June 2010.

I only spent a few hours with this running legend, but by the time I left him--busily greeting customers and taking down inventories--I knew I had found the direction of my film... I knew I had met a man greater than his reputation as a world-class runner and humbler than his public school cross country coaching paycheck.

My heart sinks with the knowledge that we no longer have this wonderful man here for us on earth. But it soars to know he's seen his honest journey through to the final finish line and is no doubt in my mind still coaching us all from above. In truth, Amby Burfoot really says it best.

Thank you so much, John, for guiding me in my pursuit and being the voice of RUNNING THE ROCKPILE.

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