By Mike LaBella
---- — 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.
Cocktail hour for the chamber event begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. The annual dinner is the capstone event of the chamber’s program year. This year’s theme is “We Are Boston Strong” and features a talk by McGillivray.
McGillivray’s book, titled “The Last Pick,” with Linda Glass Fechter and published by Rodale Press, 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.
On April 15, Boston was the setting of an act of terrorism during the 117th Boston Marathon. McGillivray felt the enormity of those moments of chaos, despair and tragedy as more than the race director of the world’s most famous race. He felt them as a fellow Bostonian and as a father and husband whose family was in the midst of it all.
The chamber’s annual meeting and dinner will also recognize and honor the following people: Elaine Barker, Charles E. Billups Award recipient; Jean Poth, Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year recipient, and Larry Olasky, Community Leadership Award recipient.
The Chamber will thank outgoing chairman John Chemaly and welcome incoming chairwoman Clare Macoul. Tickets, $85 per person or $750 per table, include the cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, awards ceremony tributes and the keynote speech. For more information please contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the chamber online at www.haverhillchamber.com.