The Running Whys – Frank and Marta Kelly

Marta and Frank celebrate after running the 2010 Boston Marathon together, one of five the father and daughter tandem have competed in together.

Marta and Frank Kelly celebrate after running the 2010 Boston Marathon, one of five the father and daughter tandem have competed in together. Both are expected tp take part in the 2014 Marathon By the Sea in Saint John.

This is the 15th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s note: Marta Kelly and Frank Kelly, the popular father –daughter team who can be seen racing many events in the greater Saint John area, were not always linked together as runners.

In fact, Marta, who started running in 1998, was at it for almost a decade before Frank, at the age of 67, first tackled a race.

It was that event – the Brent Kelly Memorial five miler in tribute to Frank’s late grandson and Marta’s late nephew – where Frank raced the course wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, wool socks and work boots. Continue reading

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