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40TH ANNIVERSARY OF DAVE MCGILLIVRAY'S HISTORIC CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF DAVE MCGILLIVRAY'S HISTORIC CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

RUNNING USA

A day of celebration marking the 40th anniversary of Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray’s historic solo 3,452-mile run across the U.S. included the unveiling of a commemorative stone plaque outside Medford City Hall and the re-creation of his Fenway Park finish, again to a standing ovation from Red Sox fans.

VIDEO: DAVE MCGILLIVRAY RE-ENACTS FENWAY PARK FINISH OF 1978 RUN ACROSS AMERICA

VIDEO: DAVE MCGILLIVRAY RE-ENACTS FENWAY PARK FINISH OF 1978 RUN ACROSS AMERICA

WBZ CBS BOSTON

Dave McGillivray got to relive one of the greatest moments of his life at Fenway Park Thursday. He took a victory lap around the field before the Red Sox-Indians game, marking the 40th anniversary of his 1978 “Run Across America,” what Runner’s World magazine called “the first cancer-fund-raising run.”

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY, AKA BOSTON'S 'FOREST GUMP,' RETURNS TO FENWAY PARK TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY, AKA BOSTON'S 'FOREST GUMP,' RETURNS TO FENWAY PARK TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

CBS SPORTS | WDEF

You likely remember the part of "Forest Gump" where the titular character ran across the United States just because he felt like it. It seems rather insane, like most of the things Tom Hanks' character was able to accomplish throughout that film.

But in reality, many people have actually accomplished the cross-country jog. One of the first to complete the feat was Boston's Dave McGillivray, who needed 80 days to run 3,452 miles from Oregon to Boston -- an average of 45 miles per day. On the final leg of his run in 1978, McGillivray ran through one of the garage doors in the outfield of Fenway Park and took a few laps around the stadium as the crowd roared.

VIDEO: ​BOSTON'S 'FORREST GUMP' RE-ENACTING END OF CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

VIDEO: ​BOSTON'S 'FORREST GUMP' RE-ENACTING END OF CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

WCVB

Before there was "Forrest Gump," there was Dave McGillivray.

Gump, the fictitious simpleton played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 Oscar-winning film, trotted across the U.S. because he "just felt like running."

McGillivray did the same, but with a singular purpose: Forty years ago this month, he completed his own cross-country running odyssey from Medford, Oregon, to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, to benefit the Jimmy Fund and its fight against cancer.

BUCKLEY: DAVE MCGILLIVRAY'S RETURN RUN TO FENWAY PARK REMINDER OF THE NIGHTMARE OF '78

BUCKLEY: DAVE MCGILLIVRAY'S RETURN RUN TO FENWAY PARK REMINDER OF THE NIGHTMARE OF '78

BOSTON HERALD

For those Red Sox fans who can’t shake the old habit of constantly looking for bad omens, dark clouds and other harbingers of impending doom, we have some distressing news for you.

PHOTOS: DAVE MCGILLIVRAY RUNS TO FENWAY PARK

PHOTOS: DAVE MCGILLIVRAY RUNS TO FENWAY PARK

WICKED LOCAL MEDFORD

A pre-run celebration for Dave McGillivray at Medford City Hall before his run from Medford City Hall to Fenway Park to commemorate his 40th Anniversary of running from Medford, Oregon to Medford, MA to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

NORTH ANDOVER'S MCGILLIVRAY RECREATES LAST LEG OF HIS 1978 CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

NORTH ANDOVER'S MCGILLIVRAY RECREATES LAST LEG OF HIS 1978 CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

EAGLE-TRIBUNE

Dave McGillivray could write a book about his 3,452-mile journey from Medford, Oregon, to Medford, Massachusetts.

MARATHON STAR DAVE MCGILLIVRAY TO MARK 40TH ANNIV OF JIMMY FUND RUN FROM MEDFORD, OR TO MEDFORD, MA!

MARATHON STAR DAVE MCGILLIVRAY TO MARK 40TH ANNIV OF JIMMY FUND RUN FROM MEDFORD, OR TO MEDFORD, MA!

WROR

Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon Race Director, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his run from Medford, Oregon to Medford, MA to benefit the Jimmy Fund. Today, he'll mark the anniversary the same way he finished the original run.

ICON DAVE MCGILLIVRAY CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC RUN ACROSS AMERICA FOR CANCER AT FENWAY

ICON DAVE MCGILLIVRAY CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC RUN ACROSS AMERICA FOR CANCER AT FENWAY

THE BOSTON GLOBE

“I’m going to run until I’m out of time,” said 64-year-old Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, a longtime philanthropist, endurance athlete, and motivational speaker.

MCGILLIVRAY REFLECTS ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN TOUR

MCGILLIVRAY REFLECTS ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN TOUR

THE ENTERPRISE

Like most college graduates, a fresh-faced Dave McGillivray wanted to do something extraordinary with his life. The year was 1978 and the current race director of the Falmouth Road Race, then 23 years old, had just read about two men who had run across the country. Then he learned of a friend who made the cross-country tour on a bicycle.

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC RUN PORTRAYED IN 'FORREST GUMP' WITH FENWAY EVENT

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC RUN PORTRAYED IN 'FORREST GUMP' WITH FENWAY EVENT

USA TODAY

Dave McGillivray completed a cross-country run from Oregon to Massachusetts in 1978 -- a feat that was later portrayed in a little movie called "Forrest Gump."  

BOSTON'S 'FORREST GUMP' RE-ENACTING END OF CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

BOSTON'S 'FORREST GUMP' RE-ENACTING END OF CROSS-COUNTRY RUN

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Before there was “Forrest Gump,” there was Dave McGillivray.

Gump, the fictitious simpleton played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 Oscar-winning film, trotted across the U.S. because he “just felt like running.”

MEET THE FENWAY PARK MARATHON'S FIRST FEMALE FINISHER

MEET THE FENWAY PARK MARATHON'S FIRST FEMALE FINISHER

WOMEN'S RUNNING

Frances Klimczak grew up rooting for the Boston Red Sox. Now, she’s the top female finisher on the first-ever marathon held at Fenway Park.

THE OTHER BOSTON MARATHON: AROUND FENWAY—116 TIMES!

THE OTHER BOSTON MARATHON: AROUND FENWAY—116 TIMES!

RUNNER'S WORLD

On Friday, September 15, the Boston Red Sox visited the Tampa Bay Rays, coming out on top after playing what would be considered a marathon for baseball players: a 15-inning, six-hour game that the Sox won 13-6. Meanwhile, back at their home field of Fenway Park, another, more traditional marathon was playing out.

MARATHON TO BE HELD INSIDE FENWAY PARK FOR FIRST TIME EVER

MARATHON TO BE HELD INSIDE FENWAY PARK FOR FIRST TIME EVER

MASS LIVE

The closest Dave McGillivray came to running a marathon inside Fenway Park was during a 1978 continental U.S. race where he crossed the finish line inside the home of the Boston Red Sox.