Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and B.A.A. Half-Marathon, manages and oversees all operational and logistical aspects of these world-class events. McGillivray also directed the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon 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 BAA 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 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 2004, the 1990 ITU Triathlon World Championship; and consulted on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. DMSE also directs the TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon 10K, the Denver Marathon and the Marathon of the Palm Beaches as well as numerous other world-class events. (dmsesports.com)
Athletically, McGillivray, 53, first gained national prominence in 1978 when he ran across the US 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 122 marathons, completed 8 Hawaii Ironman Triathlons, run up the East Coast of the US, 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 20 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 Magazine named him one of their Heroes of Running.
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 the readers never to underestimate their own ability to set and achieve goals.
McGillivray, resides in North Andover, Mass. with wife Katie. He has four children, Max, Ryan, Elle, and Luke.