Dave's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Atlanta Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Boston, MA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY

Race Director
Boston Marathon

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

INTERESTS:

Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Dedication Determination Goals Hobbies & Pastimes Acceptance Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

athlete, athletics, basketball, defining moments, grandfather, learning, marathon, Philanthropy, run across the country, running, short, training, work ethic

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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