By Bill Burt
---- — Another McGillivray anniversary
Yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of Dave McGillivray’s historic arrival into Fenway Park after running across the United States – from Medford, Ore., to Medford, Mass. – to raise money for the Jimmy Fund cancer charity.
“It’s hard to imagine it was that long ago, seems like just the other day,” McGillivray said. “At age 23, I guess running 45 to 50 miles a day seemed like a piece of cake. Now that I’m 59, I get tired just driving that distance. Oh, to be young again!”
It was McGillivray’s first “major” foray into his incredible philanthropic career as a racer, promoter and director. He gained national prominence with his 1978 cross country run that took 80 days and raised almost $150,000 for the Jimmy Fund – the first money any runner ever raised for a cancer charity, according to Runner’s World Magazine.
The Medford native covered 3,452 miles through 11 states, averaging 45 miles per day. He reached Boston on Aug. 29, 1978 and ran two victory laps around the warning track at Fenway Park to a standing ovation before the start of a Red Sox-Mariners game. McGillivray appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America the next day and was profiled in national magazines.
Pedroia quietly coming through
Quietly coming through in all of the excitement of the Red Sox and their great pitching and last-at-bat wins has been the play of captain Dustin Pedroia.
He’s on a nine-game hitting streak, which included a game-tying, two-run single in the 7th inning on Wednesday night.
Pedroia is batting .429 (15-for-35) with 6 doubles, a triple, 6 RBI, and 7 runs over the streak. He has multiple hits in four of his last six games, going 12-for-22 (.545) with six doubles and six RBI.
Tickets to Merrimack game
at Frozen Fenway on sale today
On Jan. 4, Merrimack College hockey will take the ice at Fenway Park for Frozen Fenway III against Providence College at 4 p.m. That game will be followed by Notre Dame and Boston College at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be available to Merrimack fans beginning today at noon and open to the general public on Sept. 6.
Ticket prices start at just $5 and each ticket is valid for both games on their respective date.
Log on to www.redsox.com/frozenfenway
Enter your password: WARRIOR
Ticket limits: 10 tickets
Tickets will range from $5 to $75 (plus applicable service fees)
The pre-sale ends at 5 p.m. on Sept. 5.
Bobby Farnham back in AHL
Congrats are in order for North Andover’s Bobby Farnham, who has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The left winger, who played at Phillips Andover with the Rangers’ Chris Kreider, spent two previous years in the NHL’s version of the Triple-A. He played in Wilkes-Barre last season and he had three-game stints with Providence and Worcester after graduating from Brown University in 2011.
Farnham, 24, tallied three goals and eight assists in 65 games last winter with Wilkes-Barre.
Race for Haverhill Alternative School
Runners can add another race to their fall calendars. A 5K road race on Nov. 10 will raise money for the Haverhill Alternative School and the TEACH program.
Housed in the St. James School on Primrose Street, the Alternative School and TEACH program serves students who experience emotional or academic challenges. The race, named the Run to Overcome 5K, will benefit student programs and technology, said principal John DePolo.
The race begins at 10 a.m.
Runners can sign up by visiting running4free.com. Online registration is open until Nov. 9. The first 200 runners to register will receive free T-shirts.
The registration fee is $25, which includes medals for place winners, food and drink after the race and prizes for the overall winners. Race-day registration is $30.
Want to ref basketball in NH?
The IAABO Board 122 Apprentice Program for new high school basketball officials in New Hampshire will runs Tuesdays Sept. 17-Dec. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Applicants will also be expected to take part in a pre-season jamboree in Rochester on Nov. 30.
Applicants must be at least 18 and a resident of Strafford or Rockingham counties (except for Auburn, Candia, Deerfield, Derry and Londonderry).
Interested applicants should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.