Dave McGillivray Ran His 42nd Boston Marathon After Hours For Team MR8

Dave McGillivrayBoston Athletic Association race director Dave McGillivray ran his 42nd Boston Marathon on Monday for Team MR8 to benefit the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, but he started a few hours after all the other runners had finished.

McGillivray began running the course at 7 p.m. after a long day of supervising marathon procedures. He was accompanied by fellow members of the B.A.A. and Team MR8.

“The 2014 Boston Marathon was one for the ages — it was simply epic,” McGillivray told the Wolfe News Wire. “When we ran the course, it was dark and quiet — unlike earlier when I went through the course on the scooter the first time when there was about a million-plus spectators, there were only about 10 spectators along the entire course the second time through.”

The 59-year-old president of DMSE Sports is no stranger to running for charity, as he championed an 80-day cross country run that raised $150,000 for the Jimmy Fund in 1978. He has run more than 150,000 miles for charity, including 131 marathons.

“It may seem a little over the top to do these long runs year after year, especially at my advancing age, but it’s a tradition and I’m still excited about the challenge as I was 40 years ago,” McGillivray said.

McGillivray was diagnosed with coronary heart disease last fall and has since dedicated himself to a healthy lifestyle. In October, he plans to participate in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii for the first time in 25 years.

“Although I was tired when I started, it (the Boston Marathon) ended up being one of the easiest runs I’ve had in years,” McGillivray said. “Now I’ll start training for the Ironman.”

Photo via Twitter/@JuliaPolloreno

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