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November 21, 2013

Two organizations honor North Andover's McGillivray, nationally-recognized race director and philanthropist

Two organizations honor McGillivray, nationally-recognized race director and philanthropist

BOSTON — Dave McGillivray of North Andover, the race director of the Boston Marathon and sports philanthropist, was honored recently by two Massachusetts organizations, Challenge Unlimited and Dreamfar Breakfast of Champions.

Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm honored McGillivray and Jack and Therese O’Connor at its 11th Annual Spirit of Giving Speakeasy Gala in Andover last Saturday.

Employing horses in a working farm environment, Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm provides therapy for people with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. For more information visit ChallengeUnlimited.org.

“It was an honor to be recognized by Ironstone Farm. What they do is magical and I am so proud to be associated with such an amazing organization,” said McGillivray, who has helped raise over $100 million since he started his sports management company (DMSE Sports) in 1981.

On Tuesday, McGillivray was honored at the Dreamfar Breakfast of Champions in Brookline. Running champions Bill Rodgers, Jack Fultz and Karen Smyers were on hand.

“I am in awe of the achievements of these high school students — making the commitment to run a marathon, doing all the training and achieving their goal. Very, very inspiring,” said McGillivray.

The Dreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM) turns the road into the classroom, challenging high school students to reach their potential through hard work, perseverance and commitment.

For more information visit DreamFarhsm.com.

In addition, McGillivray was one of the “legends” at the 8th Annual Hockomock Area YMCA Legends Ball Tuesday night. Sunday he will be Grand Marshal at the Haverhill Santa Parade.

McGillivray, a Medford native, 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.

He has now logged more than 150,000 miles, finished 127 marathons – including 41 consecutive Boston Marathons – and eight Hawaii Ironman Triathlons.

Even at age 59, he is still at it, completing his annual birthday run of 59 miles (he started running his birthday age in miles at age 12) in August, and running the Boston Marathon course for the 41st time 11 days after this year’s race.

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