Dave's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team Atlanta

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY

Race Director
Boston Marathon

“I felt an inherent responsibility and obligation to help those who were less fortunate.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Hobbies & Pastimes Acceptance Determination Goals Struggle Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Always wanted to be an athlete, but was picked last, cut from teams because he was so short; got into running because "no one can cut you."
  • Entered Boston Marathon at age 16; his grandfather said he'd meet him at mile 24; Dave collapsed at mile 16 or 17, was taken to the hospital.
  • Called his grandfather, who said, "Well, you learned...I'll be there next year waiting, but you've gotta train this time."
  • His grandfather passed away two months later-this inspired him to train like crazy, but he got a stomach virus the night before the race.
  • Still attempted to run even though he was sick, sat down at mile 21, realized he was sitting right in front of cemetery where his grandfather was buried.
  • His grandfather had lived up to his commitment to be there; to honor that, he dragged himself across the finish line; vowed to run the race every year.
  • Visited Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; wanted to do something special for them; ran across the country in 80 days to raise funds for them.
  • Finished the cross-country race at Fenway Park in front of 32,000 people who gave him a 10-minute standing ovation.

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