Setting up for Success; Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray
It is hard to know where to start; Dave McGillivray has been the Boston Marathon race director since 1981, but he is also the race director of Beach to Beacon and Falmouth. Some of you may have raced those ones in the past.
With so many impressive feats to his name, picking a career highlight is a challenge
In 1978, Dave ran from Medford, Or. to Medford, Ma.- a total of 3452 miles to raise thousands for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana Faber Cancer institute.
In 1982, Dave ran a 3:14 marathon blindfolded to raise over $10,000 for the Carroll Center for the Blind.
As you can see, and as you will hear in the podcast, Dave is very focused on helping others and making other people be the best they can be. He is a great ambassador for the sport.
Every year Dave runs his age in miles, and he has done since he was 12, including running 60 in 2014.
Dave competed at the Ironman World Championships in 2014, covering the distance in 13:34.
He is also the author of the 2006 book, “The Last Pick” where he talks about being picked last for sports teams because of his small stature. Dave talks about how to never underestimate your ability to set and achieve goals.
Unsurprisingly, he is a motivational speaker who does presentations all over the country.
In this interview, you will learn about:
- How Dave has changed his perspective on running over the years
- Why Dave is the last person to run the Boston Marathon every year, and why the running the 2013 Boston Marathon was the most important marathon he ever completed
- How his diagnosis of Coronary Heart Disease was a turning point in his life, and why we all need to keep in mind that we are not invincible
- Why the Boston Marathon selection procedure works
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