Media Advisory, DMSE Milestones, McGillivray Bio, Photos

Media Advisory

WHAT: DMSE Sports “30 Years Running” Gala featuring Mayor Thomas Menino, Sen. Scott Brown, legendary athletes Bill Rodgers and Karen Smyers + silent auction with items donated by Matt Damon, NASA, Celtics, Pats and Mistral – all to benefit the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation.

Also, Saturday, March 12 will be proclaimed “DMSE Sports Day” by the City of Boston.

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: The Boston Marriott Quincy – 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, Mass.

WHO: Speakers include:
• Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
• Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.
• Legendary marathoner Bill Rodgers, 4-time Boston Marathon champ
• World-class triathlete Karen Smyers, Ironman Triathlon champ
• Tom Grilk, Executive Director, Boston Athletic Association
• Billy Squires, Coach, Greater Boston Track Club
• Rick and Dick Hoyt, father-son endurance athlete
• Barry Nolan, former host of “Evening Magazine”
• Dave McGillivray, Founder and Director, DMSE
• MCs are Toni Reavis and Jack Leduc

HOW: Media are invited – e-mail Beryl Wolfe to RSVP or for additional info at Register online at or at door.

COVER: Led by Dave McGillivray, whose many achievements includes twice running across America for charity, DMSE Sports has raised the level of fitness – and raised millions for worthy causes – throughout the region for 30 years. Team DMSE has grown from its first triathlon in Medford in 1982 to directing the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, TD Bank Beach to Beacon and other major events across the country and around the world.

MORE INFO: FMI on the event and McGillivray – including a bio, news releases, DMSE milestones, photos, etc., go to DMSE "30 Years Running Gala" Press Info

CONTACTS: Beryl Wolfe, Wolfe PR, (520) 399-5770; Dave McGillivray,, (617) 212-6002; or Matt West, (617) 797-6364.


1980 Dave McGillivray Running and Sports Center opens in Medford, Mass. 

1981 Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DMSE) is born, sets up offices in Medford, Mass.

1982 DMSE directs first triathlon, the Bay State Triathlon at Spot Pond in Medford, Mass.

1983 DMSE produces Cape Cod Endurance Triathlon, first Ironman-distance triathlon in the continental U.S.

1984 Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. is incorporated, April 19, 1984

1988 DMSE is hired as the Technical Coordinator of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon.

1989 DMSE manages Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

1990 DMSE directs the Triathlon World Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

1993 DMSE manages Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race in Andover, Mass. 

1996 DMSE assists with 100th running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon with a record 38,000+ official entrants

1996 DMSE consultants hired to assist with venue management of all road events for Atlanta Olympic Games

1998 DMSE directs Goodwill Games Triathlon in New York City

1998 DMSE asked by Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Samuelson to manage the first TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K (then the People Beach to Beacon 10K)

2003 DMSE creates its own foundation – the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation

2004 DMSE manages USA Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials in St. Louis

2008 DMSE assists BAA in managing USA Women’s Marathon Olympic Trial in Boston, Mass.

2010 DMSE launches four new races – Spring Training 10K Classic in Jupiter, Fla., Run to Home Base at Fenway Park in Boston, Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough and the Run Gloucester 7-Mile Race in Gloucester

2010 DMSE Foundation launches “Running in Places” program for Boston-area school children

2010 DMSE hired as consultant to the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

2010 DMSE hired to manage 2011 Run for the Dream half marathon in Williamsburg, Va. and 2011 Mt. Washington Road Race

2011 DMSE celebrates “30 Years Running” March 12

BIO of Dave McGillivray 

President, Founder, DMSE Sports, Inc. North Andover, Mass.

Career Highlights

• Race Director, B.A.A. Boston Marathon since 2001
• Tech Director, B.A.A. Boston Marathon since 1988
• Race Director: 1990 Triathlon World Championships
• Race Director: 2004 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials (St. Louis)
• Race Director: 2008 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials (Boston)
• Race Director: 2004 - 2008 Marathon of the Palm Beaches, Florida
• Race Consultant: 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
• Race Director: 1998 - present TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K
• Race Director: 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon – NYC
• Race Director: 2001 - 2005 Boston Triathlons
• Race Director: 2006 - present Rock & Roll Denver Marathon
• Race Consultant: 2007 ING New York City Marathon
• Race Director: 2010 Standard Charted Singapore Marathon
• Race Director: 2010 Harvard Pilgrim 10K - Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
• Race Director: 2010 Run to Home Base - Fenway Park, Boston, MA
• Tech Director: 2008 - present - Bellin 10K (Green Bay, WI)
• Perhaps best known for his run across the United States in 1978 for the Jimmy Fund of Boston, McGillivray ran a total of 3,452 miles in 80 days averaging 45-miles a day.

• In May 2004, McGillivray ran across the country again, this time with nine other veteran marathoners, in relay style, from San Francisco to Boston as part of TREK USA, an event which he founded and raised over $300,000 for
five children’s charities.

• McGillivray is best known for his role as Race Director of the world’s oldest and most famous road race, the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. He also serves as Race Director of the BAA Half Marathon and the BAA 5K.

• Personally has run 125 marathons including the Boston Marathon for the past 38 consecutive years, the last 23 at night after his race director duties have been completed.

• As a personal challenge at age 12, he began running his age in miles on his birthday each year, never having missed a year in the past 43 years. In 2008, Dave ran 54 miles in August to celebrate his 54th birthday and finished in Fenway Park, celebrating the 30th anniversary of his run across America and raising $35,000 for the Jimmy Fund.

• Logged more than 140,000 miles in his lifetime to date.

• Given more than 1,500 motivational speeches to audiences throughout the U.S. and the world. 

• McGillivray is owner and President of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. ( For 30 years, “DMSE,” as it’s known, has produced or consulted on close to 900 mass-participatory athletic events nationally and internationally. 

• Millions and millions of dollars have been raised for charity through both McGillivray’s personal efforts and by events his company, DMSE, Inc., has managed. He is considered a pioneer in combining fitness with fundraising.

• Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Competitor Magazine in 2000. 

• Road Race Management and Running Times Magazine named McGillivray Race Director of the Year in 2000. 

• Inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions in January 2005. The Hall of Champions is intended to celebrate members of the running industry who have made exceptional contributions to the development of the sport. Inductees are nationally prominent and have a lifetime of achievement, innovation, service and leadership in the running community.

• Created The DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation, a non-profit aimed at paving a road to a healthier future by funding nonprofit organizations that use running as vehicle to promote physical fitness in children.

• McGillivray has authored a book titled, The Last Pick, with Linda Glass Fechter and published by Rodale Press, which chronicles his career while motivating and inspiring the reader to never underestimate their own ability, to set goals and to achieve what is thought to be the impossible.

• Recipient of the 2007 Runner’s World Heroes of Running Award, “honoring outstanding individuals from the running community whose achievements and contributions are nothing short of extraordinary.”

• Awarded the Lazarus House “Christ the Servant Award” in 2006 for continuous dedication to the unloved and forgotten who are served by the Lazarus House Ministries. 

• Proclaimed “Honorary Citizen” of the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts – March, 2007. 

• Recipient of the “Jimmy Award” from the Jimmy Fund, which honors celebrities who over the years have committed themselves to the mission of the Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. 

• 2010 Fleet Feet Lifetime Commitment to Running Award

• Recipient of the 2010 Ron Burton Community Service Award – Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association

• Elected into the 2011 USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

• March 2011 DMSE will celebrate “30 Years Running” with a gala featuring a silent auction, dinner and fundraising event to benefit the DMSE Foundation’s Running in Places program

Personal Highlights

• Valedictorian: Medford High School 1972.
• Valedictorian: Merrimack College 1976.
• Eight-time competitor in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship (personal best finish of 14th overall).
• Ran up the East Coast of US - 1980.
• Boston Marathon personal best - 2:29:58 in 1979
• Completed a 24-Hour Run - 120 miles.
• Completed a 24-Hour Bike - 385 miles.
• Completed a 24-Hour Swim - 27 miles.
• McGillivray lives in North Andover, Mass. with wife, Katie, and his five children, Ryan, Max, Luke, Elle and Chlo.

Invitation to 30th Gala March 12 at the Quincy Marriott 

Dear Friends of DMSE:

This year, DMSE is celebrating its 30th year of producing events – from the Bay State Triathlon at Wright’s Pond in Medford, Mass. in June, 1982 with a mere 100 participants, to the hugely popular TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K and of course the B.A.A. Boston Marathon -- we've come a long way.

With your help, DMSE has produced or consulted on close to 900 events since it began planning events in 1981, helping to raise the level of self-esteem and self-confidence of thousands of people throughout the U.S. and abroad. But more importantly, we’ve helped raise millions of dollars for dozens of worthwhile causes from around the country.

On Saturday evening, March 12, 2011, we will celebrate 30 years of DMSE history and you’re invited. Please join us by registering online at We are inviting past participants, staff, consultants, media, sponsors, celebrities, family and special friends. The gala will benefit the DMSE Children's Fitness Foundation and, in particular, our relatively new "Running In Places" program. 

The evening should be full of fun, laughter, surprises and seeing old friends – and feature a wonderful audio-visual presentation reliving all the good times we have shared. Toni Reavis, a nationally recognized race announcer, will be the Master of Ceremonies along with DMSE's own Jack Leduc. 

Appearing and speaking at the gala will also be 4-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers, Ironman Champion Karen Smyers and the inspirational father and son duo, Rick and Dick Hoyt. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is also scheduled to make an appearance at the gala. 

Additionally, we will be having a silent auction with numerous attractive prizes from celebrities like Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong with all proceeds to benefit the DCFF. Each attendee will also receive a traditional race "goodie bag" loaded with fun and unique gala gifts in addition to an official "30th" gala t-shirt, bib number and even a special medal.

Again, our web site is Log on and register today – we’d love to see you there. We are also asking everyone to "spread the word" to folks who have been involved with DMSE over the years but who we may not have current contact information for. So feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who has either been involved with DMSE in any capacity or who has competed in DMSE events over the past 30 years. There is a capacity limit so the sooner you register the better. 

A lot has happened in 30 years...the challenge will be trying to encapsulate all of it in one memorable evening. Hope to see you there!

Dave McGillivray
DMSE Sports, Inc.