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The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success Paperback – April 4, 2006
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About the Author
DAVID J. McGILLIVRAY is race director of the Boston Marathon. He has delivered more than 1,200 motivational speeches and, as president and founder of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises Inc. (DMSE), he has raised over $1 million for various charities. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
LINDA GLASS FECHTER is a freelance writer who has worked for over 16 years with various charities and athletic organizations.
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The cover of the book has the title, the subtitle "The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success," the names of the authors and a picture of David McGillivray. Based on that, it would be easy to expect a book about McGillivray's experiences on the job. "Alberto Salazar one day told me that ..." or "I had to drive Joan Benoit Samuelson 90 miles an hour to get her to the starting line..." were the type of stories that figured to be in here.
It turns out McGillivray has been quite an athlete over the years, particularly in the area of endurance sports. He's run long distances, gone for less-than-quick dips in the pool, etc. This book is filled with stories about his own exploits. It has plenty of interesting portions.
The centerpiece of the book actually is a story that dates back to 1978. McGillivray had the idea to run across the country in order to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, a children's cancer unit in the Boston area. Such runs have become a little more common, if that's the right word, over the years, and they've gotten easier logistically. Cell phones, laptops and e-mail have made communication much more constant. McGillivray made across with an RV that staggered along the roads with him. He's good at describing the physical toll such a run takes along the way, which adds much to the story.
So what has he been doing athletically since then? Plenty. He runs a mile for each year of his life around his birthday, entered triathlons, and even tried to swim the English Channel (bad weather prevented it).Read more ›
Sometimes his motivation and drive does seem very obsessive compulsive, but it works for him. I was very inspired by everything he's done and the attitude he takes in life.
I must say that at times it did seem like McGillivray was tooting his own horn. I was also annoyed by the small excerpts and quotes that were literally on every other page. Some were legitimate quotes from a newspaper or contemporary runner/athlete, but many were just his family and friends and didn't really add any credence to his biography. The only thing that was useful was to see the words from the horse's mouth, so to speak, just before McGillivray went into a time in his life where that person was.
All in all a very inspiring book. I would definitely recommend.
Inspiration from someone who has done some inspiring things. Dave's the real deal. Unlike many of our contemporary self-help prophets Dave's got the resume to back it up. He's unpretentious in his accounts and proves the value of setting goals, pursuing them like mad and then setting new goals until life becomes a happy whirl of accomplishment.
The most outstanding thing I learned, and Dave epitomizes, is the power of giving. If you sow so shall you reap - and look at what is possible! Helping people makes his world and ours a better place and that's his success.
I'll be running your (our) big race again this year - thank you and keep it coming...
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Loved it for so many reasons. It seemed like what I read was what I needed to see right at that moment. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Carla K.
Good material of challange, success and accepting retirement. Thank you I needed that now that I am in my 60's accepting retirement is hard for me. Thanks.Published on May 16, 2009 by Suzann Macgillivray-wanko
McGillivray has led an amazing life, of that there is no doubt. His book chronicles some of his most incredibly adventures. Read morePublished on June 25, 2008 by J. S. Breunig
This is the most annoying, self-aggrandizing narrative ever written. He brags about everything he's ever done, inserts useless "quotes" from his friends and siblings - mostly... Read morePublished on January 16, 2008 by Knulla Dej
Starts a bit slowly - just like a good long run - but certainly worth the time and effort as it hits its stride. Read morePublished on December 23, 2007 by J. Maguire