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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.

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.

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY MARKING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS RUN FROM MEDFORD, OREGON, TO MEDFORD, MA!

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY MARKING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS RUN FROM MEDFORD, OREGON, TO MEDFORD, MA!

WROR

Dave McGillivray is internationally known as the Race Director of the world famous Boston Marathon. He's also known as one of the most philanthropic athletes the world has ever seen.

MARATHON MASTER'S BOOK FOR KIDS SHOWS YOU ARE NEVER TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

MARATHON MASTER'S BOOK FOR KIDS SHOWS YOU ARE NEVER TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

CAPE COD TIMES

Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, has run across the United States, swam from Martha’s Vineyard to Falmouth, and done the Boston Marathon blindfolded.

DOING THE LEGWORK

DOING THE LEGWORK

MAINE MAGAZINE

Standing at the finish line of the 1988 Boston Marathon, his first as technical director for the race, Dave McGillivray felt lousy. He had run the race every year for the last 15 years and didn’t want his new position to stand in the way of running it again.

INSIDE THE MIND OF BOSTON MARATHON RACE DIRECTOR DAVE MCGILLIVRAY

INSIDE THE MIND OF BOSTON MARATHON RACE DIRECTOR DAVE MCGILLIVRAY

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, 62, has run more than 150,000 miles and 145 marathons, including the last 44 Boston Marathons.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH DAVE MCGILLIVRAY, RACE DIRECTOR OF THE BOSTON MARATHON

VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH DAVE MCGILLIVRAY, RACE DIRECTOR OF THE BOSTON MARATHON

ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE

Endurance Sportswire recently had the opportunity to co-produce some video-taped interviews with Bob Babbitt (www.Babbittville.com) at the Triathlon Business International Conference.

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY REUNITES WITH ONE OF HIS ORIGINAL HEROES

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY REUNITES WITH ONE OF HIS ORIGINAL HEROES

COMPETITOR.COM

The last time Dave McGillivray saw Tara Orlowski was the early 1980s when she was undergoing chemotherapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and he was completing feats of endurance to raise money for cancer research through the Jimmy Fund.

MCGILLIVRAY HONORED

MCGILLIVRAY HONORED

RUNNER’S WORLD

Manny Ramirez may be gone, but another Boston legend will make a triumphant return to Fenway Park tonight. 

Dave McGillivray, the long-time race director of the Boston Marathon, who last year was tapped by Runner's World's as a Hero of Running, will be honored this evening by The Jimmy Fund prior to the Red Sox game against the Texas Rangers.