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May 5, 2013

The man and his race: Marathon director reflects on his experience in wake of bombings

Race director Dave McGillivray of North Andover, reflects on the day Boston Marathon changed forever


He kept the streak alive this year.

While the record book noted his time at 4:49:00, McGillivray completed the race 11 days and four hours after it started.

Now come the questions about next year’s race, and McGillivray doesn’t have the answers yet.

“The Boston Marathon is bigger than the BAA and everyone that touches the race is an owner of it,” he said. “There are cities and towns along the course, there are thousands of runners from all over the world, and there hundreds of thousands of spectators. The last thing we want to do is make a premature decision and then retract it.”

McGillivray had to catch his breath when President Barrack Obama, who met with BAA officials and volunteers a few days after the bombings, told the world that the 118th Boston Marathon would be bigger and better than ever.

“That’s easier said than done,” said McGillivray. “I know what he means. He really means the 118th Boston Marathon will be special. Now we have to figure out a way to make that happen.”

Above all, through all the heartache, tears and difficult decisions that lie ahead, McGillivray said he can say without hesitation he is stronger than he was three weeks ago.

“You know what they say about scar tissue. It’s stronger than the original skin,” said McGillivray. “I also know this: I’m very proud to be from Boston.”

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