BOSTON — Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray ran his 46th Boston Marathon last night, shortly after completing his duties directing the world’s most famous road race.
In addition to directing major, competitive road races like the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and the TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine as the owner of DMSE Sports, Inc., McGillivray, 63, is known for his feats of endurance to raise money for worthy causes. He ran from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Mass., in 1978 and in February completed the World Marathon Challenge by running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, making Monday’s marathon his ninth marathon of this year already.
Last night he ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Team MR8 to raise money for the Martin Richard Foundation, created in memory of the 8-year-old victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Martin’s parents, Bill and Denise Richard, were among the gathering of family and friends – including legendary runners Meb Keflezighi and Joan Benoit Samuelson – who greeted McGillivray at the finish.
On Friday, McGillivray presented the Richards with a “mock” check in the amount of $112,000 representing the money raised for MR8 during his World Marathon Challenge and his Boston Marathon fundraising efforts.
Encountering the same cold, heavy rain conditions that 27,000 runners faced earlier in the day for the first 18 miles of his run and temperatures in the 40’s and low 50’s, McGillivray was joined on his night-time marathon run by Eric Gilsenan, Nick Wishart, Brent Richardson, Matt Auger, Jason Todd and Josh Cohen. He set out in Hopkinton around 5 p.m. and crossed the finish line on Boylston St. at 10 p.m.
McGillivray also recently published a children’s book focused on his first two Boston Marathon runs as a teenager and the obstacles he faced.
“Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination” is a nonfiction picture book based on his 2006 autobiography “The Last Pick,” in which McGillivray shares his unique, true story about reaching deep and showing extreme determination in the face of doubt, disappointment and loss. It was launched in Boston last month and is for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores.