A REASON TO RUN

BOSTON HERALD

The first time Dave McGillivray remembers running — that is, running for a purpose, running with the intent of outpacing the competition, running with a finish line somewhere off in the distance — was when he was 5 years old.

“It was a 50-yard dash at Nutting Lake in Billerica on the Fourth of July,” McGillivray was saying the other day. “I was in street clothes. It was the first time I ever experienced the feeling of racing, and participating in an event.”