Don McNelly marathoner

Marathon Man Passes Away

Don McNelly didn’t start running until he was 48-years-old. He didn’t stop until he was 90. In between, the New York native ran a mind-boggling 744 marathons. McNally died on February 5 at the age of 96. The 744 marathons were a goal of the World War II veteran who was stationed on a Navy ship with that number on it. McNelly ran marathons on five continents and in all 50 states. In his 70’s, McNelly finished 295 marathons and 58 ultra-marathons. For more on the life and times of Don McNelly, please visit