Perhaps best known for his run across the United States in 1978 for the Jimmy
Fund of Boston, McGillivray ran a total of 3,452 miles in 80 days averaging
45 miles a day.
In May 2004, McGillivray ran across the country again, this time with nine other veteran marathoners, in relay style, from San Francisco to Boston as part of TREK USA, an event which he founded and raised over $300,000 for five children’s charities.
McGillivray is Technical and Race Director of the world’s oldest and most famous road race, the B.A.A. Boston Marathon for which he has worked tirelessly for 30 years. He also serves as Race Director of the B.A.A. Half Marathon and the B.A.A. 5K.
Personally has run 146 marathons including the Boston Marathon for the past 45 consecutive years; the last 30 at night after his race director duties have been completed.
As a personal challenge at age 12, he began running his age in miles on his birthday each year, never having missed a year in the past 50 years. In 2008, Dave ran 54 miles in August to celebrate his 54th birthday and finished in Fenway Park, celebrating the 30th anniversary of his run across America and raising $35,000 for the Jimmy Fund.
Logged more than 150,000 miles in his lifetime (to date).
Given more than 1,900 motivational speeches to audiences throughout the
U.S. and the world.
McGillivray is owner and President of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. For over 35 years, “DMSE,” as it’s known, has produced or consulted on almost 1,000 mass-participatory athletic events nationally and internationally.
Millions and millions of dollars have been raised for charity through both McGillivray’s personal eﬀorts and by events his company, DMSE, Inc., has managed.
Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Competitor Magazine, 2000.
Road Race Management and Running Times Magazine named McGillivray Race Director of the Year, 2000.
Inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions, January 2005. The Hall of Champions is intended to celebrate members of the running industry who have made exceptional contributions to the development of the sport Inductees are nationally prominent and have a lifetime of achievement, innovation, service and leadership in the running community.
Created the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation, a non-profit aimed at paving a road to a healthier future by funding nonprofit organizations that use running as a vehicle to promote physical fitness in children.
McGillivray has authored a book titled, “The Last Pick”, with Linda Glass Fechter and published by Rodale Press, which chronicles his career while motivating and inspiring the reader to never underestimate their own ability, to set goals and to achieve what is thought to be the impossible.
Recipient of the 2007 Runner’s World Heroes of Running Award, “honoring outstanding individuals from the running community whose achievements and contributions are nothing short of extraordinary.”
Awarded the Lazarus House “Christ the Servant Award” in 2006 for continuous dedication to the unloved and forgotten who are served by the Lazarus House Ministries.
Proclaimed “Honorary Citizen” of the Town of Hopkinton, MA – March 2007.
Recipient of the “Jimmy Award” from the Jimmy Fund, which honors celebrities who over the years have committed themselves to the mission of the Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.
Fleet Feet Lifetime Commitment to Running Award, 2010.
Recipient of the Ron Burton Community Service Award – MIAA, 2010.
Selected to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s 2011 “The One hundred list honoring outstanding contributions in the fight against cancer.
Recipient of the Spirit of Giving Award, 2013 – Ironstone Farms, Andover, M
Ran Across America – Medford, OR to Medford, MA in 1978, running a total of 3,452 miles; averaged 45-miles per day to benefit The Jimmy Fund.
Competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship nine times with a best finish of 14th.
Ran 1,500 miles up the East Coast of United States in 1980.
Completed a 24-Hour Run – 120 miles; a 24-Hour Bike – 385 miles; and a 24-Hour Swim – 27 miles.
Recipient of the Dreamfar Breakfast of Champions Award, 2013
– Dreamfar High School Marathon.
Recipient of the Back on My Feet Endurance Spirit Award, 2014.
In the October, 2015 edition of Runner’s World magazine, listed as #6 on their “The 50 Most Influential People in Running”
Recipient of 2015 MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Lifetime Achievement Award.
2017 Inductee into the Road Runners Club of America Distance Running Hall of Fame.
Race Director: 1990 Triathlon World Championships
Race Director: 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, NYC
Race Director: 1998–present TD Beach to Beacon 10K
Race Director: 2001–2005 Boston Triathlons
Race Director: 2004 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, St. Louis, MO
Race Director: 2004–2008 Marathon of the Palm Beaches, FL
Race Director: 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, Boston, MA
Race Director: 2006–2008 Rock & Roll Marathon, Denver, CO
Race Director: 2010 Standard Charted Marathon, Singapore
Race Director: 2010–present Harvard Pilgrim 10K, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Race Director: 2010–present Run to Home Base, Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Tech Director: 2008–present Bellin 10K (Green Bay, WI)
Race Consultant: 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
Race Consultant: 2007 ING New York City Marathon, NY
Elected into the 2011 USA Triathlon Hall of Fame
2012 Merrimack College Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Doctor of Public Service
2014 Newbury College Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Doctor of Humane Letters
Race Consultant: 2016 USA Olympic Marathon Trials, Los Angeles, CA
Valedictorian of his High School (Medford High) & college (Merrimack College) graduating classes.
Married with 5 children (Ryan 26, Max 22, Elle 13, Luke 11, Chloe 8).
Resides in North Andover, Massachusetts.