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Keynote: Defining Moments with Dave McGillivray

Dave McGillivray
Dave McGillivray translates his extraordinary life journeys and athletic achievements into life lessons that leave each audience wanting more. For nearly 40 years and more than 1,800 appearances, McGillivray has inspired and motivated audiences in nearly every major U.S. city and has traveled abroad to various countries including Canada, Denmark, England, France, Poland, Sweden, in addition to Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
Everyone has a story to tell. For Dave McGillivray, it was his strong desire to be an athlete that led him to run across the country in 1978 at age 23. The finish of that run led to the start of countless other journeys and challenges. McGillivray is unique in that he is both an accomplished athlete and an accomplished businessman. He knows what it takes to complete an endurance event and also the painstaking detail and management that go into a successfully run event, from a 40,000-person marathon to a 500-person charity walk.
That 80-day trek across the United States led to a life of pushing himself both mentally and physically. McGillivray is now race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and has directed many of the countries most prestigious races, such as the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1990 ITU Triathlon World Championship, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, and numerous other races. He addresses audiences with a motivational account that is not about running…it’s about what’s possible if you believe in yourself and your own ability to do the seemingly insurmountable.