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The young Kennedy learned how to build walls, staircases, chimneys and walkways. At age fourteen, Kennedy began moonlighting as a prizefighter.
Moreover, those howling “sports” — the cigar-chomping, derby-clad gamblers who attended these de facto prizefights — could be rough characters, and brawls and even riots broke out after some events.
Seeing no future in that world, Kennedy would hang up his gloves after a few years.
However, it was in training for boxing that he realized he enjoyed running, simply legging it up and down the paved streets of Port Chester and the dusty country roads nearby.
He stopped running, too, as he entered adulthood — in those days, grown men just didn’t run around with no apparent aim.