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Dave McGillivray to be the Keynote Speaker Wednesday Before the Marathon

Jan 11, 2020

Dave McGillivray, owner and founder of DMSE sports and the race direction of the Boston Marathon will be the Key Note Speaker at the 2020 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo.  Without Limits and the NHRMC Wilmington Marathon are the Keynote Speaker sponsors.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!


Defining Moments

An accomplished athlete and businessman, Dave McGillivray has done nearly everything in the racing world — and he has some incredible stories and lessons to share.

McGillivray has helped lead the Boston Marathon since 1988, building it into a preeminent race and community event. He’s also conquered numerous athletic feats himself, including running across the U.S. in 80 consecutive days, completing the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon nine times and running his age in miles every year since he was 12. (He’s now 65.)

Through his experiences, McGillivray will talk at the 2020 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo about how people in our region can boost health and community.

Here’s a sampling of his other accomplishments:
• His 1981 New England Run was a triathlon (running, cycling, and swimming) of 1,522 miles throughout the six New England states. He raised $55,000 for the Jimmy Fund.

• In 1982, McGillivray ran the Boston Marathon in 3:14 while blindfolded and escorted by two guides to raise more than $10,000 for the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts..

• He traded his running shoes for swimming shorts in 1983 for the Jimmy Fund 24-Hour Swim. He swam for 24 consecutive hours in the Olympic-size Medford High School pool, swimming a total of 1,884 lengths and covering 26.2 miles (distance of Boston Marathon), again raising funds for the Jimmy Fund.

• Over the course of 14 days in 1983, he bicycled more than 1,000 miles throughout six New England states to raise money for a scholarship fund for McGillivray’s alma mater, Merrimack College.

• Also in 1986, he biked for 24 consecutive hours around a five-mile loop course in Medford while simultaneously directing the annual Bay State Triathlon, which was being held on the same course at the same time. He covered a total of 385 miles.

• McGillivray’s many endurance events for charity are legendary, including running 120 miles in 24 hours thru 31 Massachusetts cities; an 86-story, 1,575-step run up Empire State Building in 13 minutes and 27 seconds; and running, cycling and swimming 1,522 miles thru six New England states while raising $55,000 for the Jimmy Fund.

• In 2018, he completed the World Marathon Challenge: seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

• McGillivray has logged more than 150,000 miles, most for charity, raising millions for worthy causes. He’s completed 156 marathons, which include 47 consecutive Boston Marathons (with 32 run at night after his race director duties are fulfilled).

• His personal bests? Marathon: 2:29:58 and for the Ironman: 10:36:42.

• McGillivray, DMSE Sports and his DMSE Children’s Foundation have raised more than $50 million for various charities, including: The Jimmy Fund, Carroll Center for the Blind, Cystic Fibrosis, Lazarus House, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Massachusetts Special Olympics, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sports Museum of New England and Wrentham State School.