Dave McGillivray, Motivational Speaker

McGillivray translates his extraordinary life journeys and athletic achievements into life lessons in a motivational presentation entitled “Defining Moments.” As a motivational speaker, McGillivray has inspired more than 1,500 audiences in nearly every major U.S. city as well as Canada, Denmark, England, France, Poland, Sweden and Bermuda. 

Everyone has a story to tell, and for Dave McGillivray, it was his strong desire to be an athlete that led to his run across the country at age 23 in 1978. Since then he has become one of the country’s top race directors and runs a sports management business that has overseen more than 900 events. He knows what it takes to complete an endurance event and also direct a major event – whether it’s the Boston Marathon or a local charity walk.  

That 80-day trek in 1978 across the United States led McGillivrary to a life of pushing himself both mentally and physically.  He is now Race Director of the BAA Boston Marathon and has directed many of the country’ most prestigious races such as the 2004 and 2008 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K, the Mt. Washington Road Race, the Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place, the Run for the Dream in Williamsburg, Va. and now the famous New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod. He addresses audiences with a motivational account about what’s possible if you believe in yourself and your own ability to do the seemingly insurmountable. 

Dave McGillivray has inspired thousands of people, of all ages and backgrounds, to be their best and to pursue their dreams.


A sample of the motivational messages McGillivray delivers to his audiences include:

  • “The worst injustice you could ever do to yourself is to underestimate your own ability.”
  • “Always set goals, not limits.”
  • “I have learned that we should always live our dreams and that people who say it cannot be should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
  • “When you give of yourself, you receive even more in return.”
  • “You can do almost anything you want in life, as long as you are willing to accept the sacrifices involved in getting there.”

Over the past 30 years McGillivray has spoken at annual sales meetings, colleges and universities, libraries, non-profit groups and others – from Fortune 500 companies to healthcare organizations to serving as the keynote speaker for athletic events and professional organizations. For additional information, contact Dave McGillivray.

TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race
New Balance Falmouth Road Race
Fenway Park Marathon
29th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
B.A.A. Half Marathon
Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival