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Dave McGillivray

Boston Marathon Director

In 1978 and over the course of 80 consecutive days, McGillivray ran across the U.S. from Medford, Oregon, to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, covering a total distance of 3,452 miles. He finished to a standing ovation of 32,000 fans in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. His effort raised thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund, a charity that supports research toward eliminating cancer in children.

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Dave has served as the race director of the Boston Marathon since 1988. He is also a philanthropist, author, accomplished athlete, and motivational speaker. Dave is the founder of DMSE Sports, Inc., which has organized more than 1,000 mass-participatory endurance events since the organization’s founding in 1981. Dave’s accomplishments include running across the United States in 1978 and completing 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents at the age of 62 (last year). Dave ran his 47th consecutive Boston marathon in 2019, just 6 months after having had open heart triple bypass surgery.    

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