Ep. 15: Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon on Endurance, Motivation and the Art of Not Giving Up
Dave McGillivray is the race director of the Boston Marathon and 35 other international races. He is one of the most accomplished athletes in the world having completed 161 marathons and logged above 150,000 running miles.
In this episode of Run With Fitpage, we get behind the scenes of the Boston Marathon and explore Dave’s exceptionally inspirational running and life journey with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – Introduction – Vikas talks about Dave’s top achievements
03:47 – Welcoming Dave to the show!
04:20 – How did the journey to becoming an athlete start – the defining moments, the concept of rejection
14:00 – What motivated Dave to keep running – charity runs, and the story behind his philanthropic journey
25:04 – What are some of the things Dave does differently every year to prepare for the Boston Marathon?
30:41 – The secret to Dave’s energy – running his own race
33:30 – Dealing with a heart condition and making a comeback after a setback
39:00 – The importance of a four-letter word – ‘HOPE’
41:30 – Runners in India
45:46 – Questions from our listeners
49:10 – Stories behind the Heartbreak Hill and Scream Tunnel
56:44 – Dave’s advice to runners
57:52 – About the Fitpage app
In addition to being the race director of the Boston Marathon, Dave has organized over 1,400 mass-participation events since he founded DMSE Sports, in 1981. He has had numerous runs across the globe, raising funds for worthy causes close to his heart.
He is an athlete with some of the greatest and hardest accomplishments in the sports world. Some of Dave’s greatest accomplishments are completing the World Marathon Challenge in 2018 at the age of 64 and running the Boston Marathon for 48 consecutive years! Dave is a philanthropist, motivational speaker, and the President of DMSE Foundation which has helped raise over $200 million for children fighting cancer.
For more information on Dave, visit his website http://dmsesports.com.
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. An avid long-distance runner himself, Vikas is building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
Learn more about fitness and nutrition on our website www.fitpage.in
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.