WICKED LOCAL NORTH ANDOVER
Dave McGillivray can tie his accomplishments back to a single life experience.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
The first marathon, in Novo, Antartica, was tough. The second and the third were the same. But by the fourth and fifth, Dave McGillivray’s fatigue was fading and his legs felt firmer beneath him. And in Miami, running his seventh marathon on seven continents in seven days, he felt so good the only thing stopping the 63-year-old from going for eight was that he’d run out of continents.
As we head into the final weeks before the Boston Marathon Mark speaks with Dave McGillivray, the race director for this iconic event. Then John Stanton shares his memories of Terry Fox as an incredible athlete along with details on an event that commemorates the anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. Plus a Yukon-based writer shares the lessons she learned after her participation in the Yukon Arctic Ultra was cut short.
THE BOSTON MARATHON PODCAST
New on The Boston Marathon Podcast, Tom sits down with Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon.
And speaking of favorites, have you seen what Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray is up to? As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate, with this year’s marathon just 22 days away, McGillivray was feted at a launch party last week at Tresca in the North End as his new children’s book, “Dream Big: A Story of Courage and Determination,” was unveiled.
Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, of North Andover, has run the marathon 45 times, directed it for 30 years and run across the country for charity.
Most recently, he ran seven marathons in seven days ... in seven continents. It was probably the most difficult and enthralling adventure of his life.
Until this one, a children's book he wrote: "Dream Big, A True Story on Courage and Determination."
Dave McGillivray has all the prerequisites of a great storyteller—a captivating narrative, a laundry list of achievements, and a truly inspiring message. Recently, the runner and race director of the Boston Marathon has combined these elements in writing his first children’s book, Dream Big ($16.95, amazon.com).
This week Tim and Jess go behind the scenes of race operations with Matt West – Senior Vice President of Operations for DMSE. Matt has worked in race ops for years and manages this little race called the Boston Marathon. He is also the director for the Antarctica Marathon (penguins and seals and icebergs, oh my!).
I AM LIVING IT
Ever wondered what life would be if running was your passion and your profession! Meet Dave McGillivray who feels, running never changed his life, because it is his life. Dave is the owner and founder of DMSE Sports, Inc. in Boston and also severed as the Race Director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon for several occasions. In 2015, he was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running by Runner’s World – tied for 6th place. McGillivray has logged more than 150,000 miles, most for charity, raising millions for worthy causes.
Dave McGillivray doesn’t spend much time in his comfort zone.
McGillivray, the Race Director of the Boston Marathon and Founder/CEO of DMSE Sports, has a long and impressive résumé in the sport of running. His accomplishments include 45 consecutive Boston Marathons (including a 3:14 finish while blindfolded in 1982), nine Hawaii IRONMAN triathlons and a cross-country run of 3,452 miles to raise money for cancer care and research.
WICKED LOCAL NORTH ANDOVER | WICKED LOCAL MEDFORD
Antarctica is very lovely this time of year.
Well, compared to Antarctica the rest of the year. After all, it’s summer there.
A week ago, North Andover resident and Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, 63, was on the least populous continent doing the least Antarctica thing one can think of – running a marathon.