THE EAGLE TRIBUNE
Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, of North Andover, is returning to his old stomping grounds, Medford High, to give the commencement.
BOSTON — Renowned race director and endurance athlete Dave McGillivray finished his 47th consecutive B.A.A. Boston Marathon at 9:45pm after having open-heart, triple bypass surgery only six months ago.
McGillivray was joined by 15 other running friends, including eight who ran the 2018 World Marathon Challenge with him.
Dave McGillivray has been associated with the Boston Marathon for three quarters of his life, from an 18-year-old participant to his current position as race director. The latter is a role that, for the last 32 years, has required him to run the race hours after the winners, such as Lawrence Cherono and Worknesh Degefa, break the tape on Boylston Street.
SLIVER OF HOPE PODCAST
This week on “A Sliver of Hope,” Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn will speak with Dave McGillivray, a U.S. based road race director, philanthropist, author, and accomplished athlete who underwent triple bypass surgery in October 2018. He is now focused on recovery and reaching his goal of running the Boston Marathon in April 2019.
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BOSTON — It was the death heard ‘round the running world.
In July 1984, acclaimed author and running guru Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while trotting along a country road in Vermont. Overnight, a nascent global movement of asphalt athletes got a gut check: Just because you run marathons doesn’t mean you’re safe from heart problems.
WBZ CBS BOSTON
The heart and soul of the Boston Marathon are the people who run, cheer and volunteer. Race director Dave McGillivray has run Boston 46 times. But this year is different. It’s his first marathon after major surgery. And he’s dedicating it to a special five year-old. Jack Middlemiss is a non-stop inspiration for McGillivray.
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BOSTON – Renowned race director and endurance athlete Dave McGillivray will attempt to run the 123rd B.A.A. Boston Marathon just six months after undergoing open-heart, triple-bypass surgery on October 12, 2018. This will be McGillivray’s 47th consecutive running of the world-famous marathon, of which he is race director. McGillivray will make his attempt after completing his official race day duties.
ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA
Dave McGillivray is one of America’s most honored and respected runners. No flash-in-the-pan success story, he dropped out of his first Boston Marathon as a teenager. But he has since finished 46 in a row, emulating an early hero--”Old John” A. Kelley, who completed 58 Bostons in his illustrious running career.
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.
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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.”
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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.