fenway park marathon

40 YEARS LATER, DAVE MCGILLIVRAY SETS OFF ON A FAMILIAR JOURNEY TO FENWAY

40 YEARS LATER, DAVE MCGILLIVRAY SETS OFF ON A FAMILIAR JOURNEY TO FENWAY

COMPETITOR RUNNING

In 1978, from June 11 to August 29, Dave McGillivray gave new meaning to the term “cross-country road trip.” The now long-time Boston Marathon race director was 23 years old at the time and had decided to run across the United States in 80 days, raising money for the Jimmy Fund. His 3,452-mile run spanned from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Massachusetts.

ON THE RUN: ROUND AND ROUND, A DIFFERENT KIND OF MARATHON

ON THE RUN: ROUND AND ROUND, A DIFFERENT KIND OF MARATHON

THE SALEM NEWS

Marathon running isn’t easy. The mileage, the terrain, the weather and many other factors present challenges for runners who have spent months preparing for the race.

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.

THE MARATHON HELD INSIDE FENWAY PARK IS THE FIRST IN A MLB STADIUM

THE MARATHON HELD INSIDE FENWAY PARK IS THE FIRST IN A MLB STADIUM

PURPOSE2PLAY

How many laps around the warning track at Fenway Park would it take to cover 26.2 miles? The answer: 116.5. The reason we know is the first ever marathon inside a MLB ballpark was held at the iconic ballpark on Friday.

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. 

BOSTON'S NEW HOME RUN: MARATHON HELD WITHIN FENWAY PARK

BOSTON'S NEW HOME RUN: MARATHON HELD WITHIN FENWAY PARK

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Fenway Park has seen its share of runs over the years — but none quite like this.

FENWAY PARK MARATHON SET UP AS AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN

FENWAY PARK MARATHON SET UP AS AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN

THE BOSTON GLOBE

It was 1978 when the idea was planted in Dave McGillivray’s mind.

FRIENDS GOING THE DISTANCE AT FENWAY

FRIENDS GOING THE DISTANCE AT FENWAY

TIMES HERALD RECORD

Imagine running a marathon inside Fenway Park? That’s 114 laps around the warning track. On Sept. 15, the Fenway Park Marathon will be the first marathon in the country to be staged completely inside a major league ballpark.

A MARATHON LIKE NO OTHER — TO BE RUN INSIDE FENWAY PARK

A MARATHON LIKE NO OTHER — TO BE RUN INSIDE FENWAY PARK

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Over its 105-year history, Fenway Park has seen a bevy of sporting events other than baseball take place in the shadow of the Green Monster. Hockey and football games, soccer and Irish hurling matches, even a skiing and snowboarding event have been held at the park.

FENWAY PARK TO HOST MARATHON IN SEPTEMBER

FENWAY PARK TO HOST MARATHON IN SEPTEMBER

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK

Odds are, you’ve heard of the Boston Marathon, which takes place outside of Fenway Park and around the city of Boston. Now, what if they ran a marathon, but put it inside of Fenway Park? Come Sept. 15, we’re about to find out.