Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. Half Marathon, the BAA 5K and the BAA 10K manages and oversees all operational and logistical aspects of these world-class events. McGillivray also directed the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon in Boston. In 1996, McGillivray established himself as one of the world’s premier race directors with his successful coordination of the 100th Boston Marathon, which attracted a field size of nearly 40,000 participants, the largest in B.A.A. history.
McGillivray is president of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DMSE), Inc., an event management company which creates, markets, and produces mass-participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. DMSE directed the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon in 2004, the 1990 ITU Triathlon World Championship, and consulted on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. DMSE also directs the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, and the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, as well as numerous other world-class events.
Athletically, McGillivray first gained national prominence in 1978 when he ran across the U.S. to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. In 2004, McGillivray ran cross-country again as part of a relay team event called TREK USA, which he founded. He has run 129 marathons including 41 consecutive Boston Marathons, completed 8 Hawaii Ironman Triathlons, run up the East Coast of the U.S., run for 24 hours, biked for 24 hours, and swam for 24 hours – all to raise money for numerous worthwhile causes. In 2003, the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation was established with a focus on funding nonprofit organizations that use running as a vehicle to promote physical fitness in children.
In 2005, McGillivray was inducted into Running USA’s Hall of Champions. Among other recognitions he has received are Competitor magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 30 years of service to the sport of road racing and triathlons. In 2000, he was named Race Director of the Year by the running industry’s Road Race Management, Inc., and in 2007 Runner’s World named him one of their Heroes of Running. In 2011, he was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
The Last Pick, (Rodale Press), authored by McGillivray (with Linda Glass Fechter), was published in April 2006. It chronicles his career while motivating and inspiring readers never to underestimate their own ability to set and achieve goals.
McGillivray resides in North Andover, Massachusetts with wife Katie. He has five children, Ryan, Max, Elle, Luke and Chloe.