Boston Director Says Nothing Can Stop Runners

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 23, 2013
Dave McGillivray isn't letting the Boston bombings deter him from his job. Photo:

He contends that races are more popular than ever.

There’s no denying it: Dave McGillivray has a tough job.

He’s been the race director for the Boston Marathon for years and there’s now doubt that one of the toughest editions of the race he’s supervised was last year when two terrorist bombs detonated at the finish line of the storied race.

McGillivray recently spoke at the HealthPlus Crim Festival in Crim, Michigan and according to a report on the MLive Web site, he says that this tragedy didn’t put a dent into the future.

“There were a lot of victims in that [Boston Marathon] and not just those who were affected and harmed physically, but all of us in this room were victims in the bombings on April 15th,” McGillivray said.”But we’ve turned a negative into a positive. I’ve directed 10 races since April 15th and all of them have filled up faster than ever before. People are not running away. We will not be denied.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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