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The one hundred honoree: David McGillivray

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The one hundred honoree: David McGillivray

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Runner’s World said of David McGillivray, “He’s an endurance-running machine, a tireless philanthropist, and one of the best race directors the world has ever seen.”

As a boy, David took up running because all the openings in team sports went to taller classmates.

This year, David was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame, having completed eight Hawaii Ironman Triathlons, 125 marathons and many other endurance challenges.

Fostering high athletic achievement has become a career for David, race director of the Boston Marathon and founding president of DMSE Sports, Inc., a worldwide producer of mass participatory athletic events.

When David lost his mother to cancer, running became a way to fight the disease.

In 1978, David ran from Medford, Ore., to his hometown, Medford, Mass., covering 3,452 miles in 80 days, to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund. He helped create the Boston Marathon, Jimmy Fund Walk and has produced this major fundraiser for 21 years. In 2009, David received the Jimmy Award in honor of his more than 30-year commitment to the mission of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund.