He has been the face of the Boston Marathon for decades.
Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray has been involved in the event for the last 40 years and shared the shock of runners, their families and the public over this year’s marathon bombings.
McGillivray will make his first public speaking appearance since the bombings when he is the keynote speaker at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Annual Dinner June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall.
In addition to being an accomplished athlete, McGillivray is also a professional speaker and a businessman/entrepreneur. For 30 years and through more than 1,800 appearances, he has inspired and motivated audiences throughout the United States and the world, translating his life journeys and athletic achievements into life lessons.
Also appearing at the chamber event will be Boston Police Department Superintendent Frank Mancini, Boston EMS Superintendent-in-Chief Brendan Kearney, and WBZ Radio reporter Carl Stevens who will participate in a panel discussion, as well as many first responders who were actively administering first aid at the marathon. These responders will be honored during the event.
McGillivray has run 128 marathons, including the Boston Marathon for the past 40 consecutive years. For the last 26 years, he has run the marathon at night after his race director duties have been completed. McGillivray also serves as race director of the B.A.A. Half Marathon and the B.A.A. 5K and 10K and has directed many of the country’s most prestigious races such as the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K and the Denver Marathon.
McGillivray is owner and president of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises Inc. For more than 32 years, he has produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events nationally and internationally, including the Thanksgiving Day Feaster Five Road Race in Andover. Millions of dollars have been raised for charity through both his personal efforts and by events his company has managed.